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Real Name: Ronnie Schatz

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Mercenary, criminal, fugitive

Group Membership: Occasional gang member (Owl (Leland Owlsley), etc.)

Affiliations: Victor "Dutch" Hollander, Tinkerer (loose)

Enemies: Blacklash (Marco Scarlotti), the Hand, Hobgoblin (Roderick Kingsley), Maggia

Known Relatives: Vivian Schatz (sister)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, USA

First Appearance: Spider-Man: Marvels Snapshots#1 (December, 2020)

Powers/Abilities: Ronnie Schatz is a normal human who focuses on petty crime using advanced technology (including anti-gravity gloves and handheld single-person teleporter) with dreams of achieving super-villainy. He requires spectacles and likes to keep up with the latest hairstyles.

Height: 5'4" (by approximation)
Weight: 150 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black


(Spider-Man: Marvels Snapshots#1 (fb) - BTS) - Raised in New York, Ronnie Schatz was friend to Victor "Dutch" Hollander as youths and he was impressed with how Dutch could customize monster model kits. Both were similarly engaged in minor criminal activities, although Ronnie had dreams of increasing his criminal impact with the rising numbers of costumed people with super-powers or augmented with advanced technology.

   As an adult, Ronnie would take up occasional mercenary work with crimelords such as the Owl. He now and again also hired technological devices from the Tinkerer to aid him in criminal activities and sometimes had Dutch accompany him, although Dutch was not fond of relying on such technology.

(Spider-Man: Marvels Snapshots#1) - Ronnie stole an ATM cash machine using anti-gravity gloves he'd hired from the Tinkerer and walked down subway tracks with accomplice Dutch as an escape route afterward , but they stumbled across Spider-Man and Silvermane engaged in a fierce fight. Unable to cleanly pass with the levitating ATM, they dumped the cash machine even though Ronnie needed to pay the Tinkerer for hiring the gloves. The duo went separate ways via trains while Ronnie considered mercenary work for the Owl for extra money. Ronnie later used a handheld teleporter to jump into Dutch's apartment. To alleviate tension, the duo went to a nearby bar where Ronnie introduced Dutch to his sister, Vivian (who disapproved of her brother's felonious ways). Instant mutual attraction left Ronnie feeling isolated and he left. Dutch and Vivian dated for several months, during which Dutch ended his criminal activities and stopped contact with Ronnie, who had trouble finding a competent replacement for Dutch.

   Having heard Dutch and Vivian were planning to move interstate, Ronnie found the couple working as bartenders and suggested they would still need large savings for the move. Dutch was tempted and secretly met with Ronnie. As the Punisher's van rolled past the bar outside, Ronnie revealed he hoped to steal an armored suit and become a villain, but they were interrupted by an angry Vivian. Eventually, Vivian reluctantly saw the advantage to scoring fast money. Several months passed until the opportunity arose, and Ronnie and Dutch got ready in a van while Iron Fist and Luke Cage fought Comanche and Shades, obstructing traffic. Ronnie used an iono-magnetic wave charge from the Tinkerer to disable the unmarked van carrying the Force armor. Dumping the unconscious couriers, they stole the van. Ronnie put word out the armor was for sale, but this instead started a destructive manhunt by the Hand, Hobgoblin (Kingsley) and Maggia, but it was Blacklash (Scarlotti) who found them and demanded the Force suit. Suddenly Spider-Man dropped in, distracting the villain, and Ronnie and Dutch ran off. Recognizing their luck, Ronnie followed Dutch's idea to sell the Force armor cheap to the less-dangerous Tinkerer, who would circulate that Ronnie and Dutch no longer had the armor. Ronnie still had high hopes he could crack into super-villainy. Dutch emphasized that they were only ever small-time crooks, and left a frustrated and lonely Ronnie behind before moving to California with Vivian.

Comments: Created by Howard Chaykin.

The number of cameos in this issue is outstanding! And great visual storytelling from Howard Chaykin.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Ronnie Schatz has no known connections to:

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Spider-Man: Marvels Snapshots#1, p25, pan3 (main image)
   p12, pan2 (headshot)
   p1, pan1 (using anti-grav gloves)
   p26, pan2 (moping headshot)

Spider-Man: Marvels Snapshots#1 (December, 2020) - Howard Chaykin (writer, pencils, inks), Darren Shan (editor)

First posted: 08/04/2021
Last updated: 08/04/2021

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