Who Is Ronin? The Significance of Hawkeye's Avengers 4 Identity


With the release of Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther, everything will be in place for next year's Avengers: Infinity War. With so much hype and excitement surrounding the mysterious yet undoubtedly massive cosmic team-up movie, everyone is wondering how every one of their favorite characters will factor into the plot, what Thanos will bring to the table, and how the Guardians of the Galaxy will react to meeting Earth's Mightiest Heroes. But Infinity War is only the first part of this milestone event. The final chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase Three era, the still untitlted Avengers 4, is shrouded in even more mystery.

RELATED: Rumor: Hawkeye Assumes New Identity in Avengers 4

While the fate of many characters going out of Infinity War is being kept under wraps, some details have begun to surface as the cameras roll on Avengers 4. Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, is one of the earliest characters to have been confirmed for the sequel, with the actor himself posting a picture of the new haircut that his character would be sporting in the film -- something that sparked quite a few theories regarding the character's story arc across the two movies. Another piece of the Hawkeye puzzle recently fell into place as set pictures surfaced that seem to hint at a new superheroic identity for the Avengers' premier archer.

clint barton as ronin

What we could see of Clint's new costume points to the nigh-inevitable conclusion that Hawkeye will ditch his current codename to embrace another alter-ego. But who is Ronin, and what was his history in the comic books?

The masked ninja was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Joe Quesada in the former's original New Avengers run, making a first appearance in New Avengers #11. While Maya Lopez, aka Echo, was the first character to take on the mantle, she wouldn't be the last. A few years later, Clint Barton would adopt the secret identity. But why?

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