'Hawkeye' Episode 2: Who is Echo? Alaqua Cox's and Hawkeye's relationship explained
The character makes a stylish yet dangerous entrance after Clint Barton and Kate Bishop are captured by the Tracksuit Mafia
Spoilers for 'Hawkeye' Episodes 1 and 2
'Hawkeye' finally made its much-awaited entrance as a solo series with Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld in starring roles. If episode 1 was all about world-building, the second chapter had a helluva ending by introducing another major Marvel character in the form of Echo (Alaqua Cox). The character makes a stylish, yet dangerous entrance after Clint Barton (Renner) and Kate Bishop (Steinfeld) is captured by the Tracksuit Mafia.
Echo is a fan-favorite who also is Marvel's first Native American and Deaf hero. Maya Lopez, as she is known in the comics, made her first appearance in Daredevil #9 in 1999. It was revealed that Wilson Fisk, who we last saw in Netflix's 'Daredevil' adopted the hero after murdering her father. Fisk grooms and manipulated Lopez and in the TV series, Matt Murdock eventually frees her from Fisk's fist.
Echo and Hawkeye's relationship
Whether we see Fisk at some stage in the series is unclear, Echo and Hawkeye surely have a great backstory. For those unaware, she assumed the identity of Ronin in the comics before handing it over to Barton. Based on this theory, the series just might see a tad bit of a change by giving Echo her costume back, although the Ronin that MCU has introduced was actually Barton in 'Avengers: Endgame'. After Lauren Ridloff in 'Eternals', Cox is the second deaf star to play a Marvel role and that makes the character all the more key and authentic.
Fans were stunned when they saw Echo on screen. "Whatttttttt omggggg #Echo I'm telling you'll #Hawkeye gives me very daredevil vibes the tone and the darkness to this show and the score is amazing #HawkeyeSeries," wrote one of the fans. "Two great episodes, can't wait to watch the next one and see more of Echo #Hawkeye #KateBishop #Echo," seconded another one. "Two eps of #Hawkeye and I couldn't be happier. Lucky, Tracksuits, old baddies, hearing-aid (there's going to be a silent sequence with Echo sometime), just need that old costume reference somewhere down the line and it'll be perfect," wrote another.
Two eps of #Hawkeye and I couldn't be happier. Lucky, Tracksuits, old baddies, hearing-aid (there's going to be a silent sequence with Echo sometime), just need that old costume reference somewhere down the line and it'll be perfect.— Neal (@NealP55) November 24, 2021
Episodes 1 and 2 of 'Hawkeye' are streaming on Disney+.