Hawkeye producer says Alaqua Cox is “badass”, explains how the actor landed his own Marvel show

In a few days, Hawkeye fans will be introduced to a character named Maya Lopez, more popularly known as Echo in Marvel Comics history. The character is played by Alaqua Cox, an actress whose first professional concert ever comes along Hawkeye. While Marvel producer Trinh Tran admitted in a recent interview that inexperience caused some nerves in the studio at first, the actor ended up being a total “badass” enough that the character managed to land his own show on Disney +.

“She’s such a badass in this series,” Tran said in an interview with Murphy’s Multiverse. “She completely impressed us all with her determination and hard work in wanting to make sure Maya Lopez is who everyone wants.”

She added: “I have to say there was a bit of nervousness in the beginning because Alaqua has not been a part of the industry. Getting someone brand new and pulling her into a character like Maya Lopez is a big deal. But she took it in stride, worked hard and proved to us that there is a character who is deaf but who is capable of being a part of MCU and being a superhero in his own right. “

By the time Cox auditioned for the project, she was working in a warehouse when friends noticed a casting call.

“It’s crazy how much my life has already changed because I was a college dropout,” Cox said People Magazine last month. “I worked in a factory. I’m so excited to show people who I am and what I can do, what everyone can do.”

“They saw the casting call looking for an Native American actress and female deaf actress,” she added. “It just fit so perfectly, so I decided to go for it. I had never seen anyone on screen who might look like me … deaf, an amputated.”

Hawkeye debuts with a two-episode premiere at Disney + on November 24th.

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