The woman making her MCU debut at the tail end of “Hawkeye” episode two goes by the name Maya Lopez but is perhaps better known as Echo. Upstart actress Alaqua Cox has signed on to play the deaf vigilante, and if she’s anything like her comic book counterpart, she’ll become a major player in the franchise in no time. Created by Joe Quesada and David Mack, Echo introduced herself in “Daredevil” #9 from May of 1999 as a capable fighter and expert marksman, with a dramatic backstory that rivals the best Marvel Comics has to offer.
Following the death of her father at the hands of Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk, the young Echo was taken in by the notorious crime boss — living a life of luxury and educational pampering. As one could imagine, Fisk didn’t do this out of the kindness of his heart. He transformed her into a weapon and eventually sent her out to defeat one of his greatest rivals, Daredevil. She fails and learns of Fisk’s role in her dad’s murder, prompting her to turn on her surrogate parent and abandon his care — reconciling with Matt Murdock shortly thereafter.
As the years have gone on, Echo has done some incredible things in print. She has taken on the Ronin mantle, fought off the shapeshifting Skrulls during the “Secret Invasion” storyline, aligned with the New Avengers, and even hosted the fabled yet feared Phoenix Force. Suffice to say, Alaqua Cox’s take on the character can go in virtually any direction in the MCU beyond “Hawkeye.”