Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye series doesn’t even have a release date yet, but it’s never too early for Disney to start development on a spinoff.
The upcoming Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld-starring Disney+ series will also feature newcomer Alaqua Cox as Echo, a deaf Native American Marvel character – and this is the character that could have her own chapter in Marvel’s ever-expanding screen universe.
Variety broke the news, reporting that Etan Cohen (Get Hard) and Emily Cohen are on board to both write and executive produce a series focusing on Echo, also known by her real name, Maya Lopez. Furthermore, a writers’ room is coming together.
The character of Echo was created by writer David Mack and artist Joe Quesada and was first seen on the page as Ronin in November 2005’s #11 issue of The New Avengers. Yes, she had the mantle of Ronin before it went to Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye. In Marvel Comics, her origins have her being raised by Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin, who killed her father Willie “Crazy Horse” Lincoln. Maya later has a romance with Matt Murdoch, aka Daredevil, before various events lead her on a path in which she interacts with a number of Marvel characters, including Hawkeye, Avengers and Moon Knight, the latter of whom will be played by Oscar Isaac in a Disney+ series.
Apart from having Renner back in the titular role, Hawkeye will star Steinfeld as Barton’s protege, Kate Bishop; Florence Pugh, reprising her Black Widow role as Yelena Belova; Vera Farmiga as Kate Bishop’s mother, Eleanor; Fre Fee as Kazi, expected to be Marvel villain Clown; Tony Dalton as Swordsman, Hawkeye’s former mentor; and Zahn McClarnon as Echo’s dad, William Lopez.
We’re in full swing with Marvel Studios’ small-screen expansion. WandaVision recently premiered its final episode and the first episode has arrived for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Also on the horizon: Loki, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Secret Invasion, Ironheart and Armor Wars.
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