The latest Disney+ series for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to kick off production is Disney+'s Hawkeye, bringing back Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton for his first solo series in the franchise. The series has had a great deal of publicity over the past few weeks, most notably showing off the first look at Hailee Steinfeld in her MCU debut as Kate Bishop.
Just today, news has broke confirming the casting for half a dozen new characters joining Renner and Steinfeld, including the all-new hero Echo played by Alaqua Cox. Another leak from one of the industry’s premiere scoopers now brings the first look at this highly-anticipated new hero.
Charles Murphy of Murphy’s Multiverse has shared the very first look at Alaqua Cox portraying Echo aka Maya Lopez from the set of Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye on Disney+.
Cox is captured on-camera practicing sign language and rehearsing one of her first scenes for the series. The full video can be seen below:
WHAT THIS MEANS
Maya Lopez is a traditionally deaf Native American hero from Marvel lore who originally has ties to Daredevil in the comics. At one point, she even donned the Ronin persona, reminiscent of Clint Barton taking this mantle on in Avengers: Endgame; this could potentially signal how they connect with each other. The latest news from the series indicates it will take place in either 2024 or 2025, but fans are also hopeful to see a look back into Barton’s post-Infinity War days as Ronin.
Echo has been rumored to appear in Hawkeye for the latter half of 2020. Now, Cox’s casting as Maya Lopez has brought a new level of excitement all over the MCU fandom, and she should be one of the brightest stars of the franchise’s future as the first major deaf superhero brought to the MCU's Disney+ slate
No story details have been confirmed about how Echo will find her way into the series alongside Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, but reports have said she will play a major role alongside the two leading stars. Her acrobatics and martial arts skills should come in handy as Barton and Bishop team up with their bows and arrows. Fans are surely looking forward to see how Marvel Studios brings its first deaf superhero to life with Cox taking the lead.
Hawkeye is currently in the early stages of shooting and is rumored to release on Disney+ either in late 2021 or in 2022.