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Hawkeye Episode 3 Review: King of Echoes

 Episode 3 of Marvel's Hawkeye, "Echoes", is a near-flawless slice of MCU TV.

In Marvel’s Hawkeye episode three, “Echoes”, we get to know Maya Lopez aka Echo and her right hand man Kazi, who are currently heading up New York’s Tracksuit Mafia for a mysterious crime boss, while the friendship and trust between Kate Bishop and Clint Barton grows. It’s a near-flawless episode of MCU TV that pits Clint’s deep psychological issues and murky past against Kate’s headstrong enthusiasm and kindness, and introduces the character of Echo in a way that slices your sympathies apart with a jagged edge.

“Echoes” begins by taking us back to 2007. We meet a young Maya at school struggling to keep track of what her teacher is telling the class. Far from giving up, Maya excels by forging ahead using both her natural and learned skills. At home, her loving father William (Zahn McClarnon) plays games with her and talks to her about dragons, immediately getting our Shang-Chi senses tingling.

Echo questions why she isn’t going to a specialist school for the deaf, and William apologizes but says it will be better for her in the long run, and that she will have to learn to jump between two worlds. There are several levels to this conversation, but by the end of the episode it becomes clear that those two worlds are existential, literal, and rooted in Marvel’s inclusive but relentless IP: the world of Netflix’s Daredevil and the world of the MCU are slowly coming

As Echo continues her martial arts training, her father notes that her “uncle” will take her home after class. We’re then treated to what we can only assume is a straight-up Kingpin tease, but we never see the face of Echo’s “uncle”, just his hand lovingly squeezing her cheek before she is revealed to also have a prosthetic leg. This little girl is a gifted fighter, and will only grow stronger and more proficient, as we find out when we meet her again in the present day.

Echo is badass, rides a motorbike and is haunted by her father’s death. William, it appears, was murdered by Clint on a full Ronin rampage during The Blip when he took issue with the Tracksuit Mafia’s dodgy wheelings and dealings. The mystery of why Echo was after Kate and Clint is solved: she wants to know who Ronin really is, and to get her revenge.

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