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Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio are set to reprise their respective roles of Matt Murdock (Daredevil) and Wilson Fisk (The Kingpin) for Echo, a new Disney Plus series that will tell the origin story of Maya Lopez, a deaf superhero who made her live-action debut in last year’s Hawkeye opposite of Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfield, according to sources with Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter.

Cox and D’Onofrio’s deepening involvement with the Marvel Cinematic Universe should come as no surprise to Marvel fans who have kept up with the studio’s recent projects, as the former had appeared in a cameo role in Spider-Man: No Way Home as Murdock, who appeared in a short scene to give Peter Parker some legal advice after having his true identity exposed. D’Onofrio’s involvement is even less surprising, having returned as Fisk already in select episodes of Hawkeye, including the finale, where the crime boss battles Kate Bishop, Clint Barton’s protege, in a toy store.

The fate of Netflix’s Daredevil and Kingpin characters were unclear a few years ago, as the streamer’s premier Marvel show centering on The Man Without Fear had been canceled in 2018 after three acclaimed seasons, something that led many to speculate that Marvel Studios would be recasting those roles. But Cox had a good idea that he’d be back in the summer of 2020, when he received a call from Kevin Feige asking him if was interested in keeping the role, a privilege that his co-star D’Onofrio also ultimately received.

“The people I play are based on real emotions and real life, and I try to bring the events of their pasts in the now,” D’Onofrio told Deadline when asked about his character. “Kingpin is like that in Hawkeye. He has a lot more physical strength and can take physical abuse, but grounded in this emotional world. And he does everything through that emotional world: He’s like a child and a monster simultaneously.”

Kingpin is the guardian to deaf superhero Echo aka Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox), however, he killed her father. In the finale of Hawkeye, Echo goes after the big guy. After Kingpin survives a car crashing into him, and blasts from trick arrows, we hear Echo firing a gun at him, but it’s all off screen. Did he survive? Sounds like he did. In Echo, Maya returns to New York as a gang leader and reconnects with her Native American roots.

Cox played Matt Murdock/Daredevil in three seasons of the Netflix/Marvel series Daredevil (2015-18) as well as the 2017 spinoff The Defenders. He knocked heads with D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk/Kingpin in Daredevil‘s first and third seasons. All of those Netflix Marvel shows are now on Disney+ with a fourth season of Daredevil in the works.

Sources: Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Man... from 2nd tier to 3rd tier hero as the main character... Might as well start doing Moonlighting the Marvel series. Regular folks investigating crimes and drinking too much.

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