Marvel Studios’ Disney+ series Hawkeye debuted Alaqua Cox’s Echo a deaf Native American character with a deep connection to Kingpin and Daredevil. In Hawkeye she was a leader of the Tracksuit mafia and at the end found out that Kingpin was responsible for her father’s death leading her to turn on him and shoot him. The Echo series had long been rumored last year and was finally announced at on November 12th of last year at Disney+ Day. The series is scheduled to release in 2023 and was scheduled to begin filming sometime this month. Alaqua Cox who plays Echo has now confirmed in her Instagram stories that the series will begin filming tomorrow on the 21st of April.
Production Begins Tomorrow
The series had been listed on production weekly to begin filming in April so this confirms that and gives us an exciting new update the the show is all set to start production tomorrow. The Newnan Times-Herald had reported earlier in the year the series would begin filming in Social Circle in Atlanta in April so this round of filming beginning tomorrow is most likely that. They also reported that the filming would then move to Grantville in may, which is just outside Atlanta. the series will be filming from the 21st of April till mid-August as confirmed by a casting call for young actors needed for the series.
There have been many casting-calls related to the series which have asked for young and elderly Native American actors so we will most likely be getting a glimpse into the character’s origins. As we saw glimpses of it in Hawkeye Episode 3. Deleted scenes for the series also showcased more of her relationship with Kingpin as a child. Only recently we reported that both Vincent D’Onofrio and Charlie Cox would be returning as their respective characters. Hawkeye‘s end saw Echo shoot Kingpin. So how could he be returning? Fans of the comics will have noticed that his death was an exact remake of a comic book panel from the Daredevil Parts of A Hole comic book in which Kingpin gets shot in the same way but survives and is only left injured in his eye. It seems that the MCU will be adapting this story line. In the comics Daredevil and Echo have a long running relationship deeply connected to her wanting to get revenge from Kingpin for killing her father. Which is the same reason why Echo shoots Kingpin in the series. This paved the way for both characters to return in the Echo series and allows for various different arcs to be explored.
Her father was of the Cheyenne Nation and secretly a mob enforcer working for the Kingpin. They were good friends, but, at one point, he outlived his purpose and Kingpin decided to gun him down. As Kingpin was about to shoot him, he used his last words to ask that he take care of Maya. When she found her dying father, he reached out to her, leaving a bloody handprint on her face. This becomes a part of Echo’s future costume as she sought to take her revenge from Kingpin, teaming up with Daredevil. The MCU’s version of the character follows a similar story as her father still works for Kingpin but in the MCU it is Ronin, who is Hawkeye’s darker persona, who kills her father. But in the same way as the comics Kingpin is responsible for his death as in the MCU Kingpin sends Ronin after her father.
The Series is scheduled to wrap filming in mid-august so taking into account the regular 5-7 months of Post-production for Marvel Disney Plus shows the Echo series should premiere on Disney Plus around February-April of 2023. So I predict that the series will premiere on Disney Plus on the 12th of April in 2023.
Echo will stream Exclusively on Disney Plus next year
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