A new character appeared just right at the end of Episode 2 of Hawkeye and it is none other than Alaqua Cox, Echo. With her debut in the series, who is she and how will her presence in the series be relevant to the story moving forward?
Who is Echo in Hawkeye?
Echo will be portrayed by Alaqua Cox in the upcoming Disney+ series of Hawkeye. She is a Native American who has the ability to perfectly echo or copy the fighting style of her opponent, hence her name. Echo makes a formidable fighter given the said ability. What makes her more special is, despite her name being associated with sound, Echo is deaf.
In the second episode of Hawkeye, she is seen briefly in the end where the tracksuit mafia abducted both Kate Bishop and Clint Barton. She is near speakers, as if feeling vibrations to read the room. She also signals the head of the tracksuit guys and she looks really shady. What is she up to?
In the Marvel comics, Echo was the first-ever Ronin. She is the first holder of the title and she passed it on to Clint Barton/ Hawkeye. The title of Ronin isn’t new to Marvel fans especially those who follow the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it was first introduced in Avengers: Endgame where Clint went rogue after his family was blipped, Clint carried the title of Ronin.
With the incorporation of Echo, Marvel will be defying norms again and keeping up their promise to uphold proper representation, diversification, and inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe like it did in the comics.
The arrival of Echo could be some light shed on the days where Clint went rogue and how he was found in Japan donning the title of Ronin. With this spin-off, it could also be deduced that there are really plans for some Marvel series to have either more than one season or an extension of the series through a spin-off.
Jeremy Renner returns as Hawkeye with Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, Vera Farmiga as Eleanor Bishop, Fra Fee as The Clown, Tony Dalton as Swordsman, Alaqua Cox as Echo/ Maya Lopez, and Zach McClarnon as William Lopez. Florence Pugh will be reprising her role as Yelena Belova after her debut in Black Widow.
See more of Echo in Hawkeye, now streaming on Disney Plus. Echo is still without a release date.
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