Ronin (Marvel Comics)

alias used by multiple Marvel characters

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Ronin
Ronin Marvel Comics.jpg
Maya Lopez as Ronin as seen in New Avengers #11 (November 2005). Art by David Finch.
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceNew Avengers #11 (November 2005)
Created byBrian Michael Bendis, Joe Quesada
CharactersMaya Lopez
Clint Barton
Alexei Shostakov (LMD)
Eric Brooks

Ronin is an alias used by multiple characters in the Marvel Comics Universe. The alias was first adopted by Echo in New Avengers #11 (November 2005) by Brian Michael Bendis and Joe Quesada.

The Clint Barton incarnation of Ronin appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Avengers: Endgame (2019) and the Disney+ series Hawkeye (2021), portrayed by Jeremy Renner.

Publication history

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.[1]

Fictional character biography

Maya Lopez

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.[2]

Clint Barton

The second iteration of Ronin first appeared in New Avengers #27 (April 2007). Clinton "Clint" Barton is the second person to have used the Ronin identity.[3]

Alexei Shostakov

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."[4][5] A Life Model Decoy of Alexei Shostakov is the third individual who dons the Ronin identity.[6]

Eric Brooks

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,[7] and is supplied with the Ronin costume from a "big box of Clint Barton's old stuff" during the Inhumanity storyline.[8] Before being revealed in canon, a leaked script revealed the fourth iteration's true identity to be Eric Brooks.[9][10]

Bullseye

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.[11]

Other versions

Ultimate Marvel

The Ultimate Marvel equivalent of Ronin is an alternate personality of Marc Spector.[12] 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.[12] However, the Kingpin attacks Ronin, revealing his knowledge of Ronin's secret identity.[13] 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.[14]

Heroes Reborn

In issue five of the "Heroes Reborn" miniseries, T'Challa uses the Ronin identity to break into the Squadron Supreme's headquarters and steal their files, only to be driven off by Nighthawk.[15]

In other media

Television

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.[16] 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.

Video games

Toys

  • A Minimate of the character was released in the 12th series of Marvel Minimates, in a 2-pack with a battle damaged "Riot-Attack" variant of Spider-Man.
  • Marvel Legends released a 2-pack of the Clint Barton incarnation of Ronin and Elektra.[17]
  • Marvel Universe released a Ronin figure.

References

  1. ^ Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #159, Comic Book Resources, June 12, 2008
  2. ^ New Avengers #11 (November 2005)
  3. ^ New Avengers #27 (April 2007)
  4. ^ "McCann & Swierczynski Are "Widow Makers"". CBR. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  5. ^ "SDCC10: Killing Hawkeye & Widow". IGN. 2010-07-15. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  6. ^ Widowmaker #1 (February 2011)
  7. ^ Mighty Avengers Vol. 2 #1
  8. ^ Mighty Avengers #4.INH (February 2014)
  9. ^ Sunu, Steve (28 October 2013). "Marvel Inadvertently Leaks Mighty Avengers Mystery Member ID". CBR. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  10. ^ Mighty Avengers #9
  11. ^ Hawkeye: Freefall #6. Marvel Comics.
  12. ^ a b Ultimate Spider-Man #108 (June 2007)
  13. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #109
  14. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #110
  15. ^ Heroes Reborn (vol. 2) #5 (May 2021). Marvel Comics.
  16. ^ "Nozomu Akatsuki".
  17. ^ "ML: Elektra & Ronin review". OAFE. Retrieved 2010-09-13.

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