I was reading some of my old comics and noticed this variant cover of New Avengers #1.
Who is the guy in black between Ironman and Captain America? I just re-read this issue and the few after so I know he isn't in it. There is another variant that features Ronin but this is definitely not Ronin's look nor does he show up until the next arc of the story (about 5 issues later).
Is this some early concept look for Ronin or some character that didn't make the cutting room floor?
Note: This is the 2nd Printing variant (1E) cover for New Avengers Vol. 1 #1, 2005.