The new villain of 'Hawkeye' ties into familiar faces from Marvel

The new villain of ‘Hawkeye’ ties into familiar faces from Marvel

Marvel’s Hawkeye isn’t a perfect show, partly because we don’t know who the villain is yet. But the ending of episode 2 introduces a new character that could make things very, very interesting.

The episode ends with a close-up of actor Alaqua Cox, listed in the show’s credits as Maya Lopez. And for Marvel Comics readers, Maya Lopez aka Echo is indeed a household name.

The deaf Native American character appears in a series of comic books and crosses paths with established MCU characters and other fans hope to see on screen in the next few years.

The reveal of his character is a nice twist at the end of the episode, after Clint assumes that the gang that kidnapped him is led by a man sitting in the shadows.

Marvel comics are deep and rarely come to the MCU in the same form, so let’s focus on some key connections with Hawkeye and some other Marvel show; Echo first appeared in a Daredevil comic in 1999 and her character falls in love with Matt Murdock as he works to destroy his masked vigilante alter ego. Much like Nebula in the current MCU, she was raised by a big Marvel villain – Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin – but she eventually turned on him.

Although Fisk has appeared in Netflix’s Daredevil series and Sony’s Into the Spider-verse, this fan-favorite is yet to make its MCU debut. A week before the premiere, Daredevil actor Vincent D’Onofrio actually tweeted his tease for Hawkeye, sending Marvel fans into a frenzy.

The other crucial thread linking Echo to Hawkeye is that in the comics he wore the Ronin suit. She works with and against characters from all of the Marvel comics (and is brainwashed for a while) but she’s the one who actually passes the Ronin legacy to Clint Barton to begin with.

We don’t know how MCU Clint ended up wearing the suit for his insane murders in Avengers: Endgame, but it’s fair to assume he didn’t hand-weave it the day after Thanos’ snap and immediately started killing them. people. In the five years between Infinity War and Endgame he became the Ronin, which means he could have stolen or inherited that identity from Maya or anyone else.

We know from the first two episodes of Hawkeye that Ronin has unfinished business with the “tracksuit mafia” – or at least, they have unfinished business with him – and Clint himself says the lawsuit has enemies. Hawkeye will also bring Yelena (Florence Pugh), who blames Clint for her sister’s death, via Val (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), who appears to be assembling some sort of team.

Basically Ronin isn’t on anyone’s list of beauties this vacation, possibly including Maya’s, and the rest of Hawkeye probably won’t be the restful vacation Mr. Barton had hoped they would be.

Being shy around the bad guy isn’t necessarily a bad strategy. We didn’t fully know the antagonists of WandaVision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier or Loki until the later episodes, and sometimes not until the ending itself. WandaVision created a psychological thriller while unveiling the reality of Wanda’s sitcom; Loki focused on the TVA and the Timekeepers as he led us to the One Who Remains.

Only TFATWS took us on a serpentine mission that feels similar to Hawkeye after the first two episodes, a similarity noted in Mashable’s review of the show. So far, both shows also have women in the lead roles of the villain, a move that we fully support and can’t wait to see in action.

Maya / Echo’s role in Hawkeye could go a number of ways, but she’s the perfect character to introduce to potentially expand the MCU. Kate’s introduction builds on a growing excitement about the possibility of Young Avengers. Disney has also already confirmed a Secret Invasion crossover, which includes Maya in the comics. There are many possibilities for this character, and they are all fantastic.

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