Marvel’s Hawkeye TV show will be introducing Maya Lopez, aka Echo. The character is closely associated with Daredevil. After almost a decade, Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton will be the lead character in the Disney+ series.
Hawkeye will look into Barton’s life as Marvel studios finally give fans a sneak peek into the character’s life. The character last appeared in the last movie of the Avengers franchise, Avengers: Endgame. It is also rumored to give us insight into the training Kate Bishop will receive. The character will be played by Hailee Steinfeld.
Disney+ gives Marvel an opportunity to look into the character’s life in the form of episodic storytelling. There are a lot of shows lined up from Marvel Studios as they intend to enlighten the existing characters and introduce new ones as well. All series will feature characters from the original comics.
Hawkeye’s cast was confirmed recently as it will see Florence Pugh returning Yelena Belova from Black Widow. However, other characters were also revealed like Swordsman and Clown. The character of Swordsman will be portrayed by Tony Dalton and Fra Fee will be playing Clown.
It was also reported that Vera Farmiga will be cast Kate Bishop’s mother, Eleanor. Meanwhile, Zahn McClarnon will play Echo’s father, William. According to Variety, Hawkeye’s cast also included newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez aka Echo. The deaf character who is a Native American has strong connections with Clint Barton in the comics.
Maya is also seen to have connections with Daredevil. In the comics, the character was introduced in Daredevil #9 in 1999. She was raised by Daredevil’s arch-nemesis Kingpin after the murder of her father. The introduction of her character in Hawkeye was only a rumor until a while ago.
Daredevil’s Rights Are Returned to Marvel Studios
However, her involvement in the series can be a huge part now that her casting is confirmed. Echo has not appeared in live-action before, as her character was not included in Ben Affleck’s Daredevil. She was left out of Netflix’s show during the three seasons.
Daredevil’s rights were officially returned back to Marvel Studios recently which would allow MCU to have plans for Echo. However, the development and introduction of the character by Marvel Studios is unclear. The network might change her aspects of connections with Daredevil.
Echo can now be a potential bridge for the MCU to get to Daredevil or Kingpin in the very near future. It would be unwise to expect either of them to appear in Hawkeye at this stage though. Echo should have a role in the MCU beyond the Disney+ show, so any ties to Daredevil can still happen in the future.