Warning: This story contains spoilers for Hawkeye Episode 3, “Echoes.” Marvels Hawkeye says “uncle”. After capturing Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) for completing episode 2, “Hide and Seek,” Wednesday’s “Echoes” introduces Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox) to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Enter Echo: the deaf fighter and boss behind the training mafia at the center of a growing criminal conspiracy. She wants answers about Ronin, the masked ninja who killed her father when she wiped out the tracksuits at Fat Man Auto Repair (tip!) Between the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
In retrospect to 2007, William Lopez (Zahn McClarnon) writes to a young Maya (Darnell Besaw) about learning to jump “between two worlds” just by looking. It’s at a karate academy where Maya finds her strength before she meets her unseen “uncle”, a man of size who chuckles while gently brushing her cheek.
17 years later, Clint and Kate escape the tracksuit-clad gangsters seeking answers about Ronin’s identity. Maya’s right hand man, Kazi (From Fee), warns her against her stop-at-nothing hunt for Ronin – the scourge of the criminal underworld that Clint claims was killed by Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).
“I just hope Uncle doesn’t find out,” Kazi signs to Maya. “He would not be happy.”
When Kate asks for information about the evil blood between the tracksuits and the masked killer Ronin, Clint tells Kate: “They started small but grew. Or at least the guy at the top, he will do anything to make the operation grow . ”
“There’s someone above Maya,” warns Clint, “someone you do not want to mess with.”
This unnamed and unprecedented major player in the criminal underworld is potentially Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio), the main protagonist of the crime in Marvel’s Daredevil. In the Marvel wallets, where Maya acts as both Echo and Ronin after the death of her mob enforcement father, Maya Fisk’s adopted daughter has become an enemy.
“Well, Maya Lopez is cool. She’s so naughty in the comics, and we wanted to make sure it was portrayed, too.” Hawkeye executive producer Trinh Tran told Cartoon when asked about rumors, D’Onofrio would repeat his vovehals role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “I can not go into detail as to how she is integrated into, you know, the story. I do not want to spoil anything.”
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