Mission: Impossible – Fallout is currently playing in cinemas, getting rave reviews and a healthy box-office to boot. The Tom Cruise-starring actioner looks set to be the most profitable entry yet and if you’ve yet to see it, you really should – it’s great fun.

If you have watched Mission: Impossible – Fallout, you might be asking yourself one rather important question: Where was Jeremy Renner in Mission: Impossible – Fallout? The actor appeared in the two previous entries, Ghost Protocol (2011) and Rogue Nation (2015), but was absent from this film, without any real explanation.

So what gives?

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Well, it’s pretty simple really, Renner didn’t take part in the latest Mission: Impossible because of his commitments to Avengers: Infinity War.

Speaking to Empire, Fallout director, Christopher McQuarrie, said: “Jeremy had his commitment to Avengers, which ironically they ended up not exercising, and we didn’t know what the [sixth Mission] movie was, so we couldn’t provide a schedule. We needed absolute freedom.”

Although Renner didn’t end up appearing in Avengers: Infinity War, the actor was under contract from Marvel, so he didn’t know if he would be needed on the movie or not. He has filmed scenes for Avengers 4, so this would have also kept him busy while Mission: Impossible – Fallout was being shot.

According to McQuarrie, there was a back-up plan to kill Renner’s character off at the beginning of the movie, during the plutonium exchange sequence, but Renner was (understandably) not keen on the idea.

McQuarrie said: “Jeremy was like, ‘Thanks, but no thanks’… He was smart not to take the short paycheck for three days of work and getting blown up.”

And now you know.