Meanwhile, the Tracksuit Mafia is revealed to be beneath the management of Maya Lopez aka Echo (Alaqua Cox), a deaf athlete and martial artist closely linked to Daredevil, Kingpin and Moon Knight within the comics. Her proper hand man is Kazi (Fra Free) aka The Clown, and it seems that MCU Echo will likely be portrayed as much less of a heroine right here than we’d have anticipated – a minimum of at first.
Two episodes in, and plenty of of Hawkeye’s items are already on the chessboard. Kate’s mom Eleanor (Vera Farmiga) is deeply suspicious and dexterous, and wears pink in present-day scenes (both as a cheeky “red herring” or a nod to her latter-day West Coast Avengers reveal as a vampire), and Kate is clearly in line to be handed the MCU Hawkeye mantle. Steinfeld is predictably nice within the function, so it by no means feels awkward. Along with the model selections that the Hawkeye crew have made for her character and the best way she’s clearly thrown herself so fully into being Kate Bishop, she’s really nailing it.
Tantalizingly, Echo’s introduction additionally indicators the mixing of Netflix’s Daredevil crew into the MCU, with Spider-Man: No Way Home arriving in a couple of weeks – I really feel like everyone knows by now that Charlie Cox is destined to make an look in it.
There’s additionally the mysterious watch that the Tracksuit Mafia have been out to snag on the public sale, discovered within the particles of Avengers Compound. Echo was clearly determined to accumulate it, however for what goal? And who did it belong to?
Alongside the the present’s intriguing mysteries have been plenty of different highlights. Rogers: The Musical was inevitably one in every of them, however I’m unsure how I really feel about these tributes to Captain America’s legacy turning into A Thing within the MCU. What with the Smithsonian’s notable assortment in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and the Statue of Liberty holding Steve Rogers’ protect in No Way Home, it’s giving second-hand cringe each time I think about how embarrassed Steve can be. I additionally beloved Clint’s weary, slow-motion larping, and the call-back to Scott Lang’s selfie rejection from the children in Avengers: Endgame who have been extra hyped to see the Hulk.
Overall, I actually loved these first couple of episodes. With the MCU introductions of Kate, Lucky the Pizza Dog (the lovable Jolt), Eleanor, Kazi, and Echo, Marvel Studios has created an interesting, Die Hard-esque world for Clint Barton right here; stuffed with jingle bells, bows, and bullets. It fits him all the way down to the bottom, although we do get the sense that this could be Renner’s swansong as Clint. I wasn’t actually anticipating to be unhappy about that, however right here we’re.