Hawkeye episode 3 recap: Who is Echo? Maya Lopez steals the show as Marvel villain is teased
Warning: spoilers ahead for Hawkeye episode 3.
In episode 3, they’re put to the test once more when they face a new adversary in the form of Maya Lopez, aka Echo (Alaqua Cox), the head of the Tracksuit Mafia who has a personal vendetta against Ronin, the alias Clint went by in his assassin days pre-Avengers: Endgame.
The MCU is introducing some exciting new characters in the show, with Kate’s future stepdad Jack Duquesne (Tony Dalton) remaining a suspect as viewers speculate who the main villain of the show will be.
Echo undoubtedly one of the standout characters of Hawkeye, with excitement reaching peak levels for her own upcoming series, which is set to launch on Disney Plus in future.
Echo’s heartbreaking backstory is revealed
Just like episode one of Hawkeye opened with a glimpse into Kate’s childhood, the third instalment provides an insight into what it was like for Maya growing up.
From a young age, Maya quickly learns how to keep up in class, even when her father William Lopez (Zahn McClarnon) is unable to afford to send her to a school with other Deaf children.
Plus, she proves that she’s not to be trifled with when another kid spots her prosthetic leg during a martial arts class, quickly bringing him to the ground.
Having witnessed Ronin kill her father, the former head of the Tracksuit Mafia, before her very eyes, it’s no wonder that Maya is on a warpath for revenge in the present day.
Maya puts Clint and Kate through their paces
Having spent her whole life watching others, Maya – otherwise known as Echo – has the ability to mirror other people’s movements, making her an extremely formidable opponent.
While the Tracksuit Mafia might offer comic relief in Hawkeye, Maya’s not playing around, which is made evident when she and Clint go head-to-head in combat.
After stamping Clint’s hearing aid, having told him that wearing it might hold him back, she’s unable to prevent Clint and Kate from escaping after a high-intensity car chase sequence.
Nonetheless, she tells her right-hand man Kazi (Fra Free) to keep tabs on Clint, so she might not only find out that he is Ronin, but that the Avenger was lying when he told her that the elusive assassin was killed by the late Black Widow.
The coolest trick arrows are revealed
As a Hawkeye superfan, Kate has basically been begging Clint to let her try out his trick arrows.
Despite telling her there’s no such thing (as if she would have ever believed that), this episode, she gets to try some out, exploding a Tracksuit Mafia van after executing a stellar shot.
One of the best and most unexpected moments comes when Clint whips out a Pym arrow, using technology created by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) from Ant-Man.
When he shoots the special arrow at another one, the second one expands into a huge arrow that pierces a Tracksuit Mafia vehicle. Where were you hiding that Clint?!
Fans gain greater insight into Clint’s hearing loss
In Hawkeye, it’s revealed that after all the explosive stunts Clint has been a part of in the past, he ended up developing hearing loss and requiring the use of a hearing aid.
After the device was broken by Echo, various points of the episode reveal what it’s like for Clint without it, as he’s not always able to hear Kate speaking to him.
When he’s called on the phone by his youngest son Nathaniel (Cade Woodward), Clint is helped out by Kate, who writes on a notepad so that he can understand what his son is saying.
Considering Hawkeye has hearing loss in the comics, could this be a hint that Clint is going to forego his hearing aid by the end of the series, as Echo recommended?
Which Marvel villain is pulling the strings?
While Echo might be in charge of the Tracksuit Mafia, a leadership position previously held by her father, there’s someone else behind the scenes pulling the strings.
There has been lots of speculation over various Marvel characters that could make cameos in Hawkeye, with one name cropping up including Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin from the Netflix Daredevil series.
Considering the rumours that Daredevil himself (Charlie Cox) could appear in the MCU in She-Hulk or Spider-Man: No Way Home, this may not be too far a stretch.
However, Jack could end up being the main villain at play, considering the episode ends with him threatening Clint with one of his swords. The suspense!
Hawkeye is available to watch on Disney Plus with new episodes released on Wednesdays.
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