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Ronan the Accuser

Ronan the Accuser
Ronan the Accuser
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Fantastic Four #65 (Aug. 1967)
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
In-story information
Alter ego Ronan
Species Kree
Team affiliations Kree Empire
United Front
Abilities Superhuman strength, speed, reflexes and endurance
Via exoskeleton armor:
Invisible field creation
Cold generation via gauntlets
Ability to enhance his physical attributes
Via Universal Weapon:
Energy absorption/projection
Molecular manipulation
Force field generation
Interstellar teleportation
Creation of "time-motion displacement fields"

Ronan the Accuser is a fictional character that appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, as well as in a number of licensed movie, television, and video game adaptations. Ronan first appeared in the comic book Fantastic Four (vol. 1) #65 (1967), and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Ronan is an Accuser, a judicial officer of the fictional alien race known as the Kree. He has classically been a villain, though in later stories he has softened into a more heroic character.

Ronan is portrayed by Lee Pace in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy.[1]

Publication history

Ronan was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1967. He first appeared in Fantastic Four vol 1 #65.

The character returned sporadically in Captain Marvel vol 1 and played an important role in the Kree-Skrull War storyline in Avengers vol 1 #88-97. After appearances in Ms Marvel vol 1 and Silver Surfer vol 3, Ronan returned in the Galactic Storm crossover in 1992.

Ronan appeared in Fantastic Four vol 3 #13-14 and Iron Man vol 3 #14 before having a major role in the Maximum Security crossover in Jan 2001.

During the 2006 Annihilation storyline, Ronan received a four-issue eponymous miniseries written by Simon Furman and a leading role in Annihilation #1-6. He appeared in the sequel, Annihilation Conquest #1-6 and Annihilation Conquest: Wraith #1-4 in 2007.

After being seen in the Secret Invasion: War of Kings one-shot, the character was used in War of Kings #1-6 (2009) and Realm of Kings: Inhumans #1-4. Following appearances in The Thanos Imperative #1-6 (2010), Ronan joined the titular team in Annihilators #1-4 (2011) and Annihilators: Earthfall #1-4 (Sept 2011-Dec 2011).

Fictional character biography

Ronan was born on the planet Hala, the capital of the Kree Empire in the Greater Magellanic Cloud. Ronan is a member of the alien Kree race and a member of the Accuser Corps, who are the Kree equivalent of military governors and jurists. His rise through the ranks was extraordinary, and he eventually became the third-most powerful being in the Kree Empire. The Supreme Intelligence appointed him "Supreme Accuser of the Kree Empire," and in this role he is known simply as "Ronan the Accuser".

Ronan is sent to Earth to investigate the defeat of the robotic Sentry-459 by the Fantastic Four. The team defeats Ronan,[2] which prompts a Kree expedition to spy on and assess Earth.[3] Captain Mar-Vell is a member of the team and he interacts with Ronan frequently during his mission.[4]

Ronan secretly plans with Zarek to overthrow the Kree leader, the Supreme Intelligence, believing the Empire should not be ruled by a non-humanoid entity. Ronan is paralyzed by the psionic powers of Rick Jones, and control of the Kree Empire reverts to the Supreme Intelligence.[5]

Ronan is mentally dominated by the Supreme Intelligence, and battles Mar-Vell on multiple occasions.[6] Ronan later regains his sanity and returns to his former position as Supreme Accuser.[7] During the second Kree-Skrull war, Ronan executes a Skrull duplicate of the Silver Surfer.[8]

During the Kree-Shi'ar War, Ronan joins Starforce.[9]

When Earth becomes a prison planet, Ronan serves as the warden of the planet, apparently subordinate to the Shi'ar, but this is revealed to be part of an elaborate trap by the Supreme Intelligence to subvert the galactic council and use Ego the Living Planet as a weapon.[volume & issue needed] Although Ronan is able to elevate his power by tapping into Ego's own energy, Mister Fantastic, Iron Man, Giant-Man and Bruce Banner manage to devise a machine that transfers Ego's essence into Quasar. The weakened Ronan is defeated and captured by the U.S. Agent.[volume & issue needed]

When Ronan is falsely accused of treason by Tana Nile, he discovers he has been framed by a highly placed member of a Kree house.[10] After defending the Kree Empire against the Annihilation Wave, Ronan clears his name and kills his betrayer, although not before his accuser lobotomizes the Supreme Intelligence. In an act of mercy, Ronan kills the Supreme Intelligence and becomes ruler of the Kree Empire.[11]

During the Phalanx conquest of the Kree, Ronan works with the Super-Skrull and Wraith to free his people.

When the Inhumans seek aid from the Kree against the Skrull's Secret Invasion, Ronan agrees on the condition that the Inhuman princess, Crystal, become his bride.[12] On their wedding day, he is severely beaten by the Shi'ar Imperial Guard and hospitalized.[13] He does not fully recover until after the War of Kings is over.[volume & issue needed]

During the war with the cancerverse, Ronan is a member of Nova's main attack force.[14] In an effort to prevent further massive conflicts, Ronan joins the Annihilators.[15] They protect Galador from the Dire Wraiths[16] and oppose the Universal Church of Truth's attempt to revive the Magus.[17]

Ronan the Accuser is separated from his wife Crystal under the orders of Black Bolt. This separation is part of a truce that was made between Black Bolt and the Supreme Intelligence to ensure peace between Inhumans and the Kree Empire. Crystal and Ronan are deeply saddened by this decision, as their arranged marriage had eventually become a stronger relationship.[18]

During the Infinity storyline, Ronan the Accuser and the Supreme Intelligence appeared as members of the Galactic Council.[19] Ronan later fights Thanos' minion Black Dwarf and kills him.[20]

Powers and abilities

Ronan has superhuman strength, endurance, speed and reflexes, which are enhanced by devices in his suit of full-body exoskeleton armor. Ronan's armor can also create fields of invisibility, and his gauntlets can generate sufficient coldness to place certain life forms into a state of suspended animation. Ronan possesses a weapon called the "Universal Weapon". At its wielder's will, this device uses cosmic energy for a variety of effects, including the disintegration, rearrangement, or transmutation of matter; projection of concussive energy blasts; absorption of energy; control over gravity; creation of force fields and "time-motion displacement fields"; and interstellar teleportation along hyperspatial passages. Ronan is a highly skilled soldier and a military genius with Kree military combat training. He also possesses exhaustive knowledge of the legal code of the Kree Empire.

Other versions

Ultimate Marvel

The Ultimate version of Ronan the Accuser is the son of the Titan Thanos and supports his empire. He is defeated by the Thing.[21]

In the series Hunger, another version of Ronan called Ro-Nan leads an army of fellow Kree into fighting the Chitauri when both alien races encountered the entity Gah Lak Tus during battle. Ro-Nan is killed in Hunger #3.[22]


Main article: JLA/Avengers

Ronan appears as part of Krona's army in JLA/Avengers, and is seen being defeated by the DC Captain Marvel.[23]

In other media


  • Ronan the Accuser makes cameo appearances in the Silver Surfer episode "Radical Justice". He appears as a member of the Wanderers, a group consisting of various alien races displaced by Galactus.


  • Lee Pace portrays Ronan in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy.[1] Depicted as a Kree fanatic, Ronan refuses to heed the Kree Empire's recent peace treaty with the Nova Empire of Xandar and embarks on a genocidal campaign against the Xandarians, forging an alliance with Thanos. In exchange for a mystical Orb that Thanos desires, the Mad Titan would help Ronan destroy Xandar. After a long chase for the Orb, Ronan betrays Thanos when he discovers that the Orb contains an Infinity Stone. Merging it with his Universal Weapon, Ronan becomes an unstoppable force. As his ship the Dark Aster descended on Xandar, the Nova Core attempted to prevent Ronan from reaching the ground. But Ronan uses his new-found power to decimate their forces. As Ronan attempts to strike his warhammer on the ground to destroy Xandar completely, Star-Lord distracts him and the other guardians assemble a weapon to separate the Stone from Ronan. Eventually Ronan is defeated when the Guardians of the Galaxy use the Stone to destroy him.

Video games


  • Ronan was a playable character in the Galactic Guardians set of Marvel Heroclix.[27] Ronan was a playable character in the Galactic Guardians set as part of the Annihilators Fast Forces.[citation needed] Ronan is a figure in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" main set as of September 8, 2014.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Kevin Feige Reveals ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’s’ Timeline and Primary Villain". 23 August 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Fantastic Four (vol. 1) #64 - 65
  3. ^ Marvel Super-Heroes #12 (Dec. 1967)
  4. ^ Captain Marvel vol 1 #7, #12
  5. ^ Captain Marvel #16; Avengers (vol. 1) #88 - 97
  6. ^ Captain Marvel #41, 47-49
  7. ^ Ms. Marvel #19
  8. ^ Silver Surfer #14
  9. ^ Avengers vol 1 #342
  10. ^ Annihilation: Ronan #1 - 4 (2006)
  11. ^ Annihilation #1-6 (2006)
  12. ^ Secret Invasion: Inhumans #3-4
  13. ^ War of Kings #1 (2009)
  14. ^ The Thanos Imperative #4
  15. ^ The Thanos Imperative: Devastation one-shot (2011)
  16. ^ Annihilators #1-4 (2011)
  17. ^ Annihilators: Earthfall #1-4 (Sept-Dec 2011)
  18. ^ FF 20-21
  19. ^ Infinity #3
  20. ^ Avengers Vol. 5 #23
  21. ^ Ultimate Fantastic Four #35 (2006)
  22. ^ Hunger #3
  23. ^ JLA/Avengers #3
  24. ^ "DVD Review: The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Vol 1 & 2 (Disney) | PENDRAGON'S POST". 2011-04-24. Retrieved 2011-07-23. 
  25. ^ [1]
  26. ^ Contest of Champions: Heroes and Villains
  27. ^ More Galactic Guardian Heroclix Spoilers,

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