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Jeremy Renner: Broken arms caused 'a lot of pain' but he's 'getting better every day'

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 8/11/2017 Brian Truitt
After breaking both arms, Jeremy Renner (seen here in Avengers: Age of Ultron) is back in superhero shape. © Jay Maidment, Marvel After breaking both arms, Jeremy Renner (seen here in Avengers: Age of Ultron) is back in superhero shape.

You can break an Avenger’s arms but not his spirit.

After injuring his right elbow and left wrist while filming a stunt for the action comedy Tag in June, Jeremy Renner tells us he’s now free of his splints and has been hitting up physical therapy “to ensure that I’m ready” for the upcoming fourth Avengers movie. “I’m getting better every day. And if I went the other direction where I wasn’t getting better, I’d get concerned but I’m making leaps and bounds in progress for mobility and strength.”

Sorry, Wolverine. This guy's just as good at healing as you are.

The star of the new thriller Wind River, Renner adds he’s psyched about “jumping into Hawkeye Land,” referring to the ace archer he’s played in three Avengers films (including next year’s Infinity War) as well as in 2011’s Thor and 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. “I’ll be doing that until the end of the year so I’ll be quite busy.”

Renner admits that the injuries gave him “a lot of pain” but they were “more of a nuisance than any sort of problem by any means.” When the Tag incident happened, he did the stunt a second time after hurting himself “because I didn’t actually know I broke anything. It felt like I got dead-armed or something. So I did it again and I realized, yeah, this is kind of hurting, I need to go to the hospital.”

Fall down seven times...stand up 8! #fixedup #pushthrough

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What happened next? “They said, ‘Yeah, that’s broken and that’s broken.’ And then I went back to work after lunch and just continued.”

That’s right, folks: Bonafide superhero material right there.

Related video: Jeremy Renner is Grumpy Cat (via CBS)

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