Who is Echo?
As we defined on this exhaustive piece on Echo’s origins, she made her Marvel Comics debut in a 1999 story involving Daredevil and Kingpin. Unable to listen to since start, the Native American received her identify by with the ability to completely emulate the actions of others (shades of Taskmaster). She ultimately turned half of a brand new lineup of the Avengers, and has additionally been related to Hawkeye, Moon Knight, and the basic Secret Invasion storyline — all of that are becoming a member of the MCU by way of Disney+ exhibits.
Meet Alaqua Cox
Clearly Echo may be headed for giant issues within the Marvel display screen canon. Asked for any hints about how Echo’s story unfolds and paves the way in which for the character’s personal sequence, Hawkeye govt producer Trinh Tran is of course circumspect in basic Marvel vogue.
“We introduce her character here,” she says. “I can’t say obviously much about the plot and how she is integrated into the story, but what I can say is that Alaqua is so impressive in what she brought to the character and onto the screen, and you see just how cool Maya is here. She is a formidable foe to our heroes. They have to figure out a way to deal with the situation that Maya brings forth. It’s exciting. I think Alaqua Cox is amazing and she nailed it.”
Cox herself is deaf in actual life, has a prosthetic leg and is a member of the Menominee nation. Aside from the truth that her casting is actually consultant of all these communities (with members of the Deaf and Native American communities particularly praising the casting choice), Hawkeye marks her first time on the display screen ever.
At a press convention selling the sequence, Marvel chief artistic officer Kevin Feige defined that Cox got here in as a “cold audition” and skim a number of instances for director Rhys Thomas. The latter mentioned concerning the actor, (*2*)
And now she is there, and all of the indicators level to Echo/Maya/Alaqua changing into an vital half of the MCU on the small display screen and probably past.