• Jake Wright

Who is Marvel's Echo?

Echo will be receiving her own Disney+ series after her appearances in the newest Marvel series Hawkeye, but we are sure there are many fans still pondering the question, who is Echo? And how does she fit into the future of the MCU? Well, look no further as we explain all there is to know about one of the newest additions into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Her Origin

Echo – real name Maya Lopez – is a deaf, native America character who was born with the ability of having photographic reflexes meaning she could duplicate any movement/action just by watching them once (the same ability that Marvel villain Taskmaster has).

Her father was a mob enforcer working for Wilson Fisk aka the Kingpin however he got caught up in his life of crime and was murdered by the Kingpin himself. He reached out to Maya just before he died, leaving a bloody handprint on her face, this symbol would stick with Maya for the rest of her life. Kingpin saw the vast potential in Maya and sent her to the best schools that money could buy and trained her up to becoming his own personal weapon.

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Her First Comic Appearance & Who is Portraying Her

Echo first appeared in Daredevil #9 back in 1999 and was created by David Mack, Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti. She is played by newbie actor Alaqua Cox who, by the way, made an awesome impression as she appeared right at the end of the Hawkeye second episode.

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Why The Handprint?

As mentioned above, the handprint symbol is significant to Maya due to this being the last thing her father ever did to comfort her, thus every time she suits up, she paints a handprint on her face to honour his death.

Her Powers

Apart from her photographic reflexes that we previously mentioned, Echo possesses no other superhuman powers however this ability enhances many of her other attributes such as her fighting skill. She can copy any fighter in the Marvel universe meaning she has an encyclopaedia of fighting moves to choose from making her an extremely formidable combatant. Also, although she is deaf, Maya is still able to speak thanks to her photographic reflexes allowing her to read lips and speech patterns which then enables her to speak multiple languages.

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Her Role in Hawkeye

As of now this is still largely unknown because the ending of Hawkeye episode 2 would have you believe she is the one orchestrating the Tracksuit Mafia however making connections back to her early comic years, it would appear that there is more than meets the eye.

If accurate with her origin story in the comics, the rumours of Vincent D’Onofrio reprising his role as Kingpin for the series may well be true and he could be the one manipulating her and ordering her to complete the task of killing Ronin (who Echo and the Tracksuit Mafia now believe to be Kate Bishop, even though this is untrue).

We know she is involved in the infamous car chase scene that will most likely be taking place in episode 3 however not much else is known about what role she will be playing. But a fun fact we’d like to mention before we move on is that Echo has taken on the mantle of Ronin back in the New Avengers comic run by acclaimed writer Brian Michael Bendis & awesome artist David Finch so it would be extremely interesting if she dons the Ronin costume at some point in Hawkeye.

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If you would like to read about Echo's time as Ronin in the New Avengers, you can do so by purchasing the first two volumes of the Complete Collection of the New Avengers comic through the link below:

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Her Most Notable Storyline

“Parts of a Hole” is one of her best comic stories and is one that is told very early into her publication history as the plot revolves around Kingpin sending Echo out to not only seduce lawyer Matt Murdock but also to finally kill his long-time nemesis, Daredevil. Unbeknownst to both Echo and Kingpin but as many Marvel fans know, Matt Murdock and Daredevil are one in the same.

In this story, she falls in love with Matt but is able to easily best Daredevil in combat due to studying his fighting style. However, she eventually learns the truth about Kingpin and how her whole life has been a lie thanks to Daredevil himself.

This of course enrages Maya as she goes back to Kingpin to confront him about how much he has manipulated and used her for his own selfish deeds. We don’t want to spoil how the story ends but it is a pretty brutal battle.

If you would like to read this story then click the link below to grab yourself a copy and dive into some Echo/Daredevil goodness!

Marvel Knights: Daredevil - Parts of a Whole

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She's Getting Her Own Solo Series on Disney+

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Yes, that’s correct, Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios believe there is much more storytelling to be done with Alaqua Cox as Echo and we couldn’t be happier about this. Absolutely nothing is known about this series, yet we strongly believe her complex relationship with both Kingpin and Daredevil could be fleshed out in within this.

There is a big chance that they could be following the “Parts of a Hole” storyline considering the many leaks/rumours of not only Vincent D’Onofrio reprising his role as Kingpin, but Charlie Cox rumoured to be back as the protector of Hell’s Kitchen, Daredevil.

Matt Murdock is said to be appearing in 4 upcoming MCU projects according to reliable insiders and those are Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), She-Hulk (2022), Echo (release date TBA) and his own Daredevil series which is yet to be announced. These rumours just fuel our speculation of “Parts of a Hole” being adapted into live-action and Echo could be the series to bring Kingpin and Daredevil back together within the MCU.

Echo certainly left a great impression from her small screen time in Hawkeye episode 2 and we are extremely excited to see what the future holds for her in the MCU.

Are you looking forward to seeing more Echo in the future? What do you think of her character? Let us know in the comments down below

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