Marvel’s Echo is officially in production at Marvel Studios. Alaqua Cox returns as Maya Lopez, a skilled fighter with ability to mimic movements and fighting style. Cox is the first Indigenous actor to headline a Marvel series. The first image of Maya from Echo was released today on Marvel.com.

We first met Maya in Marvel’s Hawkeye. She was a little rough around the edges and out for revenge on Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner). During Barton’s time as Ronin, he killed Maya’s father. Maya later found out that her adopted father, Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) set up her father’s death. At the end of the series, Maya confronted Fisk. Their confrontation ended with a single gunshot, but we did not see if Maya actually shot Fisk. I hope this question will be address in the new series.

Echo’s next chapter will be an origin story, according to Marvel. Maya revisits her hometown to face her past and reconnect with her Indigenous roots. She must “embrace the meaning of family and community if she ever hopes to move forward.” For this chapter, Disney+ assembled a cast of notable Indigenous actors. The series also stars Chaske Spencer, Tantoo Cardinal, Devery Jacobs and Cody Lightning , with Graham Greene and Zahn McClarnon.

Disney+ also brought in Indigenous directors and producers for the Echo series. Navajo director Sydney Freeland and Catriona McKenzie, who is Gunaikurnai from Australia will direct episodes of the series. Freeland also serves as co-executive producer along with Amy Rardin, Christina King of the Seminole Nation, and Jennifer Booth. Executive producers are Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Stephen Broussard, Richie Palmer, Marion Dayre, and Jason Gavin of the Blackfeet Nation.

Echo is set to premiere in 2023 on Disney+. 

Read more about Echo in our Hawkeye recaps!

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