Marvel Entertainment and Disney have released the first images of the upcoming TV show Echo, giving fans their first look at Alaqua Cox in the lead role. Cox will reprise his role as Hawk Eye miniseries, where she debuted as Maya Lopez, aka Echo, in 2021. Zahn McClarnon will also reprise his role as William, Maya’s father, and in keeping with the Marvel theme, the series will also incorporate heroes and villains from across the MCU.
Alaqua Cox, a Native American actress and amputee, made her debut as Maya Lopez in the first season of Hawk Eye. Lopez is the commander of the Tracksuit Mafia, a New York City criminal gang, and is deeply determined to avenge the death of his father at the hands of Ronin, aka Clint Barton, better known as Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). During the first season of Hawk EyeMaya Lopez operates under crime boss Kingpin, played by Vincent D’Onofrio, who reprises her role from the Netflix series Daredevil.
What we know about Alaqua Cox in Echo
The spin-off series Echo will focus on the ruthless nature of Maya Lopez and how her activities in New York during Hawk Eye affect her as she returns to her hometown. “To move forward, she must face her past and reconnect with her Native American roots,” reports Weekly entertainment, explaining that the show will have an increase in Native American representation. With Alaqua Cox, the cast of Echo will also include Chaske Spencer (Twilight: Breaking Dawn), Cardinal Tantou (River of the Wind), and Devery Jacobs and Zahn McClarnon (reservation dogs). Along with Vincent D’Onofrio, Charlie Cox is also set to reprise his role as Matt Murdock from Daredevil.
Regarding the increase in Native American representation on screen, Cold said Weekly entertainment, “We need more real, authentic Native American actresses… Now we have more Native American roles in Hollywood. We are breaking down borders, breaking down barriers and, to be honest, we are also making history. So that’s what’s so cool about these shows and being involved in them.
According to FilmWeb, Echo, upon its release, will also go down in history as the first superhero series to have a Native American actress in the lead role, as well as a deaf actress. Echo will be released on Disney+ in 2023.