Guys don't like it when another guy hooks up with their squeeze. It's a horrible, misogynistic, primal truth: if someone else taps our action, it's now tainted and we're less likely to re-engage. It's some serious caveman shit, but it's there and it's deep-seated.
That's something the producers of The Bourne Legacy weren't counting on: by creating in Aaron Cross another hero for their franchise umbrella (as opposed to going all George Lazenby and recasting without looking back), they thought they'd get their little side dish of Jeremy Renner, keep their deal with Robert Ludlum's estate active and, most importantly, leave the front door open for their main man Matt Damon to come on home to his sweet thing when he was ready. But Damon's no cuckold, and in speaking with Indiewire, he suggests that the franchise's wandering ways have done irreparable damage to the relationship:
"I think it's going to make it harder for us to make another one. I'm just trying to figure out like… Because they used our characters, anything that happens in that world, that's the 'Bourne' world now."
Any man who's been stepped out on knows what Damon is getting at: You fucked Jeremy Renner, Damon is saying. How are we going to put that behind us?
Damon goes on to say that he struggled with what a fourth movie about Jason Bourne would even be (a struggle not shared by Ludlum's estate, which has overseen seven novels since the author's death). And truthfully, though I enjoyed Damon's Bourne films, collectively they often felt like someone practicing the same song over and over, finally nailing it on the last try. It's a valid reason to walk away from the franchise, even if it hadn't broken his heart. Whatever the producer's intentions, The Bourne Legacy ultimately felt like a bridge to DTV-land, less of a placeholder and more of a way station until The Bourne Simulacrum starring Wesley Snipes premieres on Blu-ray in 2014. (Would watch.)