New fan art for the upcoming Avengers 4 features a battle-ready Ronin. Not to be confused with Ronan the Accuser from Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Captain Marvel, Ronin is one of the aliases used by Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye. Ronin made his debut in 2005, but Hawkeye himself has been around since 1964 when he appeared in Tales of Suspense #57. Many people have gone by the name Ronin in the comics, but Avengers 4 is likely to feature Hawkeye as Ronin.
Barton becomes Ronin in the comic books after the events of the Civil War storyline, which somewhat lines up with what could happen in Avengers 4. The last time fans saw Hawkeye was during Captain America: Civil War, the first time fans were also introduced to his family. After helping Steve Rogers, it was assumed that Barton went back into retirement, which is also why he wasn't present during the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Based on leaked set images from Avengers 4, many people believe Hawkeye will become Ronin and rejoin the Avengers after his family is killed by Thanos' snap. While fans haven't gotten a clear look at the Ronin suit, there has been plenty of fan art depicting what it could look like - including this one.
Ultraraw26 is the artist behind this fan art, which depicts a battle-ready Ronin. This artist's rendition of Ronin stays fairly close to the source material by giving the character his gold and black design and two swords. The character also appears to be jumping into the night sky with glowing eyes as the moon shines behind him. The full artwork from Ultraraw26 can be seen below.
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Hawkeye has been a part of the MCU ever since he appeared in Thor back in 2011. The character moved on to become one of the six original Avengers, yet Jeremy Renner still hasn't gotten a Hawkeye solo movie. There are rumors that Marvel could be moving forward with a Hawkeye TV show on their streaming service called Disney Plus, but so far nothing has been confirmed. As for now, Renner is only confirmed for Avengers 4, with future appearances still being unclear.
While all signs are pointing to Hawkeye becoming Ronin, this still hasn't been confirmed for Avengers 4. Fan theories about the character could be right, but details surrounding Renner's character probably won't become known until the Avengers 4 trailer is released, or possibly even until the movie comes out. Regardless of when - or if - Ronin is confirmed for the next Avengers film, the character will be in good hands if Marvel makes Ronin look anything like this fan artwork.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019