Making your professional acting debut is a daunting prospect at the best of times, so doing that in a new Marvel TV series on Disney+ must seem awesome. That’s exactly the prospect that has fallen at the feet of Alaqua Cox, the deaf actress who not only plays Maya Lopez/Echo in the new series hawk eye, but has already managed to get their hands on its own spin-off series. Of hawk eye Now that we’ve arrived at Disney+, we’re already getting a sense of why the character has had such an impact on the MCU bosses.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cox explained how she found out she had been cast in the new series after months of auditioning. The notification came via a text message telling her to log into Zoom. She explained: “I see about 12 people, including Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who goes deaf as you wave both hands… I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ and they said, ‘Welcome to the Marvel family!'”
In the series, Maya Lopez is a deaf martial arts expert who has the amazing ability to perfectly replicate the fighting style of everyone she observes, very similar to Taskmaster’s character seen in Black Widow earlier this year. Series director Rhys Thomas commented, “We got to meet quite a few people and I had the pleasure of reading with Alaqua. I had to help her a bit to get ready and then got to introduce her to Kevin and the team. I am so thankful they had the trust she had never acted before [professionally] rather, but they said, ‘Let’s do it.'”
Maya isn’t the first major deaf character to appear in the MCU, of course, but only for a few weeks. Lauren Ridloff recently starred as Makkari in Eternals, and Cox revealed she spent time with both the actress and Douglas Ridloff, who has worked as a consultant on American Sign Language on hawk eye. Speaking about the importance of inclusion and diversity in something as big as the MCU, Cox said: “I believe that children deserve to see inclusivity and accurate representation. It will give children of all kinds of cultures and disabilities the feeling that our dreams can be set free.” of restrictions.”
Even before Cox hit the screen, her spin-off series Echo was officially confirmed as part of Disney+ Day, where the logo for the show was unveiled, but where her story goes is being kept a secret for now and will likely depend on the outcome of hawk eye. The development of the Echo series was originally announced in March, with Etan and Emily Cohen writing and producing the script.
In promo material for the hawk eye series, we got a first look at Cox as Echo alongside the MCU’s newest villain, The Clown, as they hold Clint Barton hostage. Comic book readers will of course already know that Echo is usually a hero, but does have a connection to another Marvel villain, her adoptive father Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin. Her connection with the daredevil villain, and her history with the blind superhero, has led to a lot of fan speculation that this could all lead to Matt Murdock/Daredevil’s arrival in the MCU, but again, we’ll have to wait and see how that plays out.
hawk eye is now streaming on Disney+.
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