Warning: spoilers ahead for Hawkeye episode 3.
Hawkeye fans were left in tears by the disability representation in episode 3 on Disney Plus, praising the show for incorporating Alaqua Cox’s prosthetic leg into Maya Lopez’s story as Echo.
The Marvel series marks Alaqua’s debut acting role, with the 24-year-old showcasing her commanding screen presence when she made her entrance last week.
At the beginning of the third instalment, viewers are offered a glimpse into the character’s childhood, showing her lipreading in class, as she’s unable to attend a school with other Deaf children, and tackling another kid during martial arts.
In the scene when the younger version of Maya (who was impeccably cast) goes up against her opponent in a sparring match, the other child notices her prosthetic leg before losing the fight.
In the present day, Maya expertly fights Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) before he manages to make his escape with Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), providing just a small insight into the type of combat choreography that could be incorporated into Echo’s own series, which is coming to Disney Plus.
Several fans have been left emotional by the inclusion of disability representation in Hawkeye, with one saying that it makes them feel ‘really happy’ to see someone in the MCU who has the same disability as them.
‘I’m really happy to see Echo in #Hawkeye cause not only is she a Deaf character and seeing disabilities represented in general makes me happy, but Alaqua Cox has a prosthesis on her right leg and seeing someone in a Marvel show with my disability makes me really happy,’ they said.
‘I’m 5 minutes into episode 3 of #Hawkeye and I’m already tearing up because of how good the #Disability representation is. Her leg looks like mine,’ someone else tweeted.
Another fan said that they were ‘actually impressed by the disability representation’ in the show.
Others also commended the further exploration into Clint’s hearing loss, as he has a hearing aid in Hawkeye in a nod to the character’s hearing loss in the comic books.
‘Hawkeye is so fun but also I’m so impressed with how they represent Clint’s hearing because it’s literally how I feel/hear when I wake up everyday and… yeah made me quite emotional tbh,’ one person tweeted.
‘Okay but the sections where the audio would be muted or muffled to show how Clint would be hearing everything and how everything was from Maya’s perspective was actually a really cool touch and I’m glad they’re leaning into it more,’ another remarked.
In the latest episode of Hawkeye, it’s heavily hinted that a main villain is going to come out of the woodwork, with many fans suspecting that it will be none other than iconic Marvel character Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin.
Some are hoping to see Vincent D’Onofrio reprise the role, having played the character in the Netflix Daredevil series.
Hawkeye is available to watch on Disney Plus with new episodes released on Wednesdays.