Who is Echo in Hawkeye? | Maya Lopez in the Disney Plus series explained
While there has been a lot of talk about Kate Bishop getting into live-action with the Hawkeye series on Disney Plus, another major Marvel hero is also making her debut in the six-part series.
Screen newcomer Alaqua Cox was cast as Echo in the comic book drama, a superhero who can perfectly mimic the movements of people in much the same way as the misunderstood villain Taskmaster from the recent Black Widow movie. .
She’s the second deaf superhero to be featured by Marvel Studios after Eternals resident speedster Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), as well as the first Native American to feature prominently in an MCU storyline.
Read on to find out more about what you can expect from Maya Lopez in the Hawkeye series.
Who is Maya Lopez?
In the comics, Maya is the daughter of Willie ‘Crazy Horse’ Lincoln, an associate of crime lord Wilson Fisk (aka Kingpin), whose photographic reflexes make her skilled in combat as well as many artistic pursuits.
When she was young, Fisk had her father killed, but adopted the orphan Maya and enrolled her in some of the best schools in the world, before integrating her into the family business.
That meant it was only a matter of time before she crossed paths with New York vigilante Daredevil, who Kingpin falsely claimed was responsible for her father’s death.
However, she soon finds out that this is not true and turns her back on her crime empire, becoming the ally of the heroes of the Marvel Universe.
Maya assumes Ronin’s identity when she joins the New Avengers as she doesn’t want her turbulent past to tarnish the team’s reputation, but later reverts to her Echo nickname.
It’s unclear if this origin story will be edited for its live-action debut, with Vincent D’Onofrio not expected to appear in Hawkeye, despite having played Kingpin in three seasons of Netflix’s Daredevil ( which is supposed to take place in the MCU).
It’s intriguing, however, that its introduction to the MCU comes around the same time as Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is rumored to feature a cameo appearance of Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock (take this with a pinch of salt. ).
What are the powers of Echo?
Echo has photographic reflexes similar to those of Taskmaster, which means that it can perfectly mimic a person’s movement just by observing it for a short time.
This allowed her not only to become lethal in various fighting styles, but also to acquire a variety of other talents, including piano and ballet.
In the MCU, Taskmaster’s powers are derived from a technologically advanced costume while Echo’s are natural to him, which should help the characters remain distinct despite their abilities being more or less the same.
One of Taskmaster’s opponents, Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), will appear in Hawkeye, so it’ll be interesting to see if she crosses paths with Echo at some point and recognizes the connection.
The film ended with Taskmaster – who turned out to be Antonia Dreykov (Olga Kurylenko) – freed from the clutches of her evil father, with the possibility of reappearing reformed in a future Marvel project.
When is the Echo spinoff series on Disney Plus?
Marvel Studios has been confirmed to be developing an Echo-centric Hawkeye spinoff series that will delve deeper into the character’s story.
No release date has been given yet, but given the large number of Marvel TV shows coming to Disney Plus, it’s possible the series won’t arrive until as late as. 2023.
Hawkeye premieres on Disney Plus on Wednesday, November 24. Check out more of our Fantasy coverage or visit our TV guide to see what’s going on tonight.