|First appearance||New Avengers #11 (November 2005)|
|Created by||Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Quesada|
Alexei Shostakov (LMD)
The persona of Ronin was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Joe Quesada. Bendis stated that the original intention was Matt Murdock as the true identity of Ronin but could not do so due to a conflict with plans in the Daredevil comic book title.
Fictional character biography
The original iteration of Ronin first appeared in New Avengers #11 (November 2005) (although the character appeared on the covers of several earlier issues). Maya Lopez was the first person to take on the Ronin identity.
Writer Jim McCann revealed "We're going to learn that there is far more to the Ronin identity than anyone knew, pre-dating [the first two versions] before [the third iteration]. Why does Ronin exist? That's a central mystery we will tackle." A Life Model Decoy of Alexei Shostakov is the third individual who dons the Ronin identity.
A character (whose identity is initially kept from the reader) is introduced in the Mighty Avengers and dons the Halloween-type Spider Hero costume during the Infinity storyline, and is supplied with the Ronin costume from a "big box of Clint Barton's old stuff" during the Inhumanity storyline. Before being revealed in canon, a leaked script revealed the fourth iteration's true identity to be Eric Brooks.
In the Hawkeye: Freefall storyline, Clint becomes Ronin once more to launch an attack on the Hood's criminal empire. The Hood eventually hires Bullseye to find out Ronin's true identity. After learning that Clint is Ronin through his associates, the Hood then orders Bullseye to commit crimes dressed in the Ronin costume to ruin Clint's reputation.
The Ultimate Marvel equivalent of Ronin is an alternate personality of Marc Spector. In order to infiltrate the Kingpin's forces, Ronin proves himself by luring Spider-Man into a fight. The two engage in a brutal battle while Moon Knight and Ronin fight a concurrent battle in Spector's mind. Ronin knocks Spider-Man unconscious and apparently "kills" Moon Knight before taking the youth to the Kingpin for interrogation. However, the Kingpin attacks Ronin, revealing his knowledge of Ronin's secret identity. Two of the Kingpin's henchmen take Ronin to a river and execute him. However, Ronin survives under mysterious circumstances and goes to the police to provide evidence about the Kingpin's attempt to murder him. While he is forced to reveal his identity, the Kingpin is arrested and the media refer to Spector as a hero.
In other media
An original character named Nozomu Akatsuki operates as Ronin in the anime series Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, voiced by Hideyuki Hori in the Japanese version and Keith Silverstein in the English dub. The father of Akira and Hikaru Akatsuki, Nozomu is the co-developer of the DISKS (Digital Identity Securement Kit) before becoming Ronin.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
Multiple versions of Ronin appear in live-action media set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- In the film Avengers: Endgame, Clint Barton becomes Ronin to take vengeance on criminals who survived the Blip, such as the Tracksuit Mafia, before he is recruited by Natasha Romanoff to join the Avengers in undoing the Blip.
- In the Disney+ series Hawkeye, Kate Bishop stumbles onto a black market auction containing items taken from the Avengers' Compound and dons the Ronin suit when the Tracksuit Mafia attack before later returning it to Barton.
- Additionally, Maya Lopez appears in the series as the leader of the Tracksuit Mafia.
- The Maya Lopez incarnation of Ronin appears as an exclusive playable character in the PSP version of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, voiced by Marabina Jaimes.
- The Clint Barton incarnation of Ronin appears as an alternate suit for Barton as Hawkeye in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Marvel Heroes and Avengers Academy and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, and as a playable character in Marvel Future Fight, Marvel Contest of Champions and Marvel's Avengers.
- The Eric Brooks incarnation of Ronin appears as a playable character in Lego Marvel's Avengers.
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- New Avengers #27 (April 2007)
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- Widowmaker #1 (February 2011)
- Mighty Avengers Vol. 2 #1
- Mighty Avengers #4.INH (February 2014)
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- Mighty Avengers #9
- Hawkeye: Freefall #6. Marvel Comics.
- Ultimate Spider-Man #108 (June 2007)
- Ultimate Spider-Man #109
- Ultimate Spider-Man #110
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