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Marvel's Echo - What We Know So Far

Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now in full swing, with films like "Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings" and "Eternals" introducing brand new heroes to the MCU. Additionally, Phase 4 has ushered in a new era of small screen Marvel stories, with series like "Loki" and "WandaVision" finding new and off-kilter ways to tell stories around beloved characters. That said, Disney+ isn't just a place for familiar faces, and several upcoming series will introduce brand new heroes and villains to this comic book-inspired world.

One such hero is Maya Lopez, also known in the Marvel world as Echo. The character is set to enter the MCU with the upcoming Disney+ premiere of "Hawkeye" on November 24. While the series will primarily focus on the escapades of Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) and Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), it will also introduce the world to Maya Lopez aka Echo (Alaqua Cox), who is already poised to spin off into her own Disney+ series. Knowing that "Echo" is on the way, now is the perfect time to dive into the critical elements of the upcoming series, including its release date, cast details, and overall plot.

What is the release date for Marvel's Echo?

At this time, there is no official release date for the upcoming "Echo" series on Disney+. In fact, though rumors of the show had swirled for quite some time, the series did not receive a formal announcement until Disney+ Day on November 12, 2021. Now it is officially part of the Disney+ slate, and a premiere date is likely to follow soon.

With that in mind, now it's a matter of tracking the production schedule of "Echo" until the highly anticipated Disney+ series debuts on the streaming platform. Rumored reports from Murphy's Multiverse have indicated that "Echo" may begin production as early as January 2022 – preceding the production of "Ironheart," which is reportedly set to start shooting in April 2022. If the crew behind "Echo" can turn the show around with minimal delays, then it's possible that we may see the character of Maya Lopez headline her own series in 2023.

Who is in the cast of Marvel's Echo?

Any discussion about the cast of the "Echo" series has to begin with Echo herself. At this time, Alaqua Cox is confirmed to reprise her role as Maya Lopez aka Echo in her spinoff series, after making her debut in "Hawkeye" this year. "Hawkeye" is Cox's first-ever acting role. She also has the distinction of being the first Native American superhero, and only the second deaf superhero, in the MCU. 

Additionally, it has also been rumored (via The Illuminerdi) that Hailee Steinfeld and Jeremy Renner may also make the jump from "Hawkeye" and reprise their roles as Kate Bishop and Clint Barton, respectively. If true, his seems to indicate that "Hawkeye" will not mark the end of Jeremy Renner's run as the badass archer in the MCU. But this is purely a rumor. 

Beyond Alaqua Cox and the rumored possibility of the "Hawkeye" stars returning in "Echo," very little is known about the overall ensemble of the series at this time. However, some fans hope that the show could share some connective tissue with the Marvel Netflix series, "Daredevil" as the character of Echo is very connected to Matt Murdock in the comics. This could mean the long-awaited return of Daredevil himself, Charlie Cox. The "Hawkeye" series is already rumored to see the return of Vincent D'Onofrio as Kingpin from the Netflix "Daredevil" series (via Inverse). However, whether or not that will actually happen remains to be seen.

What is the plot of Marvel's Echo?

There are currently very few plot details for "Echo" available to the general public. As the show is set to begin production early next year, we will likely get more information about the show's overall plot as shooting begins. Moreover, it is likely that we will have a much better sense of Echo's arc in her solo series by the end of "Hawkeye," which will serve as her formal introduction to the MCU and provide her with a sort of backdoor pilot to her own series.

The events of "Hawkeye" will also likely help audiences understand why Echo appears to be acting like a villain (or at least a soft antagonist) in the trailer for Clint and Kate's series. In the comics, Echo is a Native American, deaf superhero who held the mantle of Ronin prior to Clint Barton – a plot which will be part of the "Hawkeye" story, continuing Clint's dark arc from "Avengers: Endgame." She is an expert fighter capable of replicating the style of any opponent — not unlike Taskmaster in "Black Widow" — making her a formidable combatant. In the comics, she is also the adopted daughter of Kingpin, giving further credence to the rumor that Vincent D'Onofrio will return for both series. 

Given the New York setting of "Hawkeye" and Maya's seemingly villainous origins in the upcoming series, it's possible that her solo series may further explore these origins and explain her eventual turn to heroism.