As Hollywood begins to gear up for various stages of production on high-profile films and series, news has started to circulate again on these projects. Now, thanks to a casting call sheet, it looks like Marvel Studios is looking to bring Maya Lopez, aka Echo into the MCU.
Casting director Sarah Finn has put out a casting call call for a deaf female, Native American, First Nations, Indigenous or Latinx, 18 or older, to play the role of “Malia” in an upcoming Disney+ series set to shoot this Fall. Finn is looking for someone “independent, athletic and bright” to play a 20 something character.
Like most casting calls, this one doesn’t indicate which Disney+ project she’s referring to. However, Echo is deaf and is a native American. Also, Sarah Finn has done casting for Marvel Studios’ tentpole projects including, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, The Falcon, and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Loki.
At this point, it is hard to predict what project Finn is casting this role for as she is casting for multiple different projects for Marvel including, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Thor: Love and Thunder, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, Fantastic Four, and Blade.
Echo has had some run-ins with Hawkeye in the comics, and the Hawkeye series is another project Finn is currently casting, so that would be our best guess at this point. For all we know, Finn could be working on a completely different project for Disney+ outside of Marvel Studios, but will likely stay under wraps for now.
For those unfamiliar with the character, Fandom has a great bio, which you can read below:
Maya Lopez was born deaf. She was initially placed in special education, but after using her skill to duplicate a song from a recital, she was placed in the gifted section. She particularly enjoyed art and dance. Maya’s father was secretly a mob enforcer working for Wilson Fisk aka the Kingpin. One day he was murdered under the Kingpin’s orders. He reached out to Maya, leaving a bloody hand print on her face. She was taken in by Fisk, who was impressed with her talents and had sent her to the best schools money could buy. As a result, she became very talented in many artistic fields.
Fisk used her in one of his plots to destroy Daredevil. First, he arranged for Matt to meet her, knowing Matt was lonely after the recent death of Karen Page. Then he tricked Maya, by convincing her that Daredevil killed her father. Having watched videos of Bullseye and Daredevil fighting, she proves more than a match for Daredevil. Maya created the identity of Echo (based on her ability to copy motion she sees) and fought Daredevil. He did not know why she was suddenly attacking him, and she was shocked to learn it was Matt she was targeting. Matt was able to explain himself. Angry at the deliberate deception, Maya then brutally attacked the Kingpin, blinding him temporarily. She then left New York to her father’s reservation. While there she met Wolverine, who assisted her on her “vision quest”. She then returned to New York to reconcile with Matt, only to find he was already with another woman.
Echo is an Olympic-level athlete who’s abilities include Strong martial arts, Highly skilled acrobatics, and ”Photographic reflexes” or the uncanny ability to perfectly copy other people’s movements, similar to that of the Taskmaster.
Source: Murphy’s Multiverse