Quick ‘Hawkeye’ Review – ‘Echoes’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

It’s time to talk about the third episode of ‘Hawkeye’! I greatly enjoyed the episode, especially when it came to its conclusion, as I had a feeling of “Is that it?” I’m looking forward to what happens next in the series and what Clint Barton/Hawkeye and Kate Bishop will be up to in their latest adventure!

In the episode, Jeremy Renner as Clint and Hailee Steinfeld as Kate are about to be interrogated by Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez a.k.a. Echo, who is the deaf commander of the Tracksuit Mafia. It was fascinating to see a deaf person be the leader of a criminal gang, which Clint and Kate are up against.

I believe I’ve come across a character like that before when checking out the book ‘Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover’. In fact, in doing my research, the character was also called Maya Lopez. It was interesting to see a live-action version of Maya Lopez in ‘Hawkeye’ compared to reading her in book.

In a pre-titles sequence, we’re given a history on Lopez who grows up and sees her father killed by Ronin, the mantle assumed by Hawkeye when he was fighting the criminal underworld between ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’. Hawkeye is bound to get into trouble with Lopez.

Eventually, Clint/Hawkeye manages to free himself and fend off the Tracksuit Mafia. Lopez however damages his hearing aid in the process. The hearing aid is something that Hawkeye acquired after the ‘MCU’ films he’s been in. I don’t recall him acquiring it during the ‘MCU’ films before this series.

The hearing aid also seems to be in the Marvel comics, I believe. Hawkeye struggles to hear things, as he and Kate get themselves free. The pair escapes the Tracksuit Mafia and a car chase ensues. I enjoyed the Christmas songs played in the background whilst Clint and Kate had their chase scene. 🙂

After getting rid of the Tracksuit Mafia off their tail, Kate sees to it that they get Clint’s hearing aid fixed. I liked the scene where Clint tried talking to his son on his mobile but couldn’t hear him and Kate helped him out by writing the words his son was saying to him on a pad and paper. Quite sweet! 🙂

Lucky the Pizza Dog also comes back in the episode, as Clint and Kate realise they didn’t walk him whilst they sorted out the Tracksuit Mafia. Lucky does seem to accompany Clint and Kate a lot so far on their adventure, especially when they’re venturing into the Bishop Residence to uncover more. 🙂

The episode also features Fra Fee as Kazi. As they move to another location, Kazi advises Lopez not to get into trouble with her ‘uncle’. Who her ‘uncle’ is, I don’t know. I’m going to hazard a guess and say that it’s Jack Duquesne. I might be wrong about this of course, but I look forward to finding out.

Clint and Kate seem to work well so far, especially as they intend to learn more about the Tracksuit Mafia as well as Duquesne, whom Kate is convinced is involved. Kate convinces Clint to infiltrate the Bishop Residence and use her mother’s company account so they can look up the criminal database.

In the process, Kate gets locked out of the system while attempting to bypass security. As Clint explores more of the house, he encounters Tony Dalton as Duquesne, who threatens him with Ronin’s sword. It was at that point the episode stopped. I want to find out more on what will happen in the next episode. 😀

‘Echoes’ is a pretty gripping instalment in the ‘Hawkeye’ series. I’m intrigued as to where this is going and what Clint and Kate will find when they discover who wants the Ronin outfit and sword and why. I hope things will get better and be more Christmassy as the ‘Hawkeye’ series continues. 🙂

Stay tuned for my review on the fourth episode of ‘Hawkeye’ next week.

By the way, I’ve seen the teaser trailer for ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)’ with Hailee Steinfeld back to voice Spider-Gwen. Looking forward to it! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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