With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part I hitting theaters within a year of one another, it seemed likely that we might see at least some of the Guardians gang appear alongside the Avengers team. According to Jeremy Renner, you shouldn't hold your breath for that crossover — in fact, it may never happen.

Renner appeared at Wizard World Comic-Con in Chicago, where he was asked about the potential for a Guardians and Avengers team-up. The actor laughed it off:

You’ll be eighty years old by then, and I won’t be Hawkeye anymore. I’ll be Dead Guy.

He may be joking, but as of now, Marvel Studios' plans extend through 2019. Phase 4 will probably run from 2020 to 2023, and if the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers aren't teaming up in Phase 3, it could be years before it happens — if it ever does. Previously, Guardians director James Gunn explained that the two teams inhabit very separate parts of the MCU, setting them apart from the interconnectedness of the other franchises. The only thing that really ties the Guardians to the Avengers is Thanos and the Infinity Stones.

Here's the full clip of Renner's appearance on the panel:

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