How Alaqua Cox brings both deaf and Indigenous representation to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Alaqua Cox is walking through two glass ceilings at once.

After making her debut as Echo (aka Maya Lopez) in last year’s Disney+ series hockey, Cox became the first major Indigenous character to feature prominently in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and only the second deaf. And next year, Cox, 25, will get her own spinoff series, echo.

Anaheim, Calif. At Disney’s D23 Expo this past weekend, Cox told Yahoo Entertainment that she is in regular communication with Lauren Ridloff, who is deaf. He died while walking The actress who entered the MCU a year ago as Makari eternal.

“Lauren is amazing and it’s great to have another deaf actor in the Marvel Universe that I can talk to,” Cox tells us through a translator (watch above). “Because it’s full of listening to people who don’t sign, they don’t understand, so we can’t express feelings to each other. So it’s nice to have someone with me who knows what that means. He An amazing actress. She gives me great advice.” …

Alaqua Cox in 'Hawkeye' (Marvel/Disney+).

Alacqua Cox Inn hockey (Photo: Marvel/Disney+)

Cox, who became the enemy-turned-friend of Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), won many fans. hockeyGrew up on the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin.

“Looking at things on screen, it was always a white guy who played a superhero,” she says of her youth. “That’s why we need more people of color to be in the MCU. And it’s just amazing that That’s changing. And I can’t wait for the future to be more inclusive, because I believe kids deserve to see that inclusivity.”

-Video produced by Jane Kusak and edited by Jason Fitzpatrick

echo Premiering on Disney+ in mid-2023.

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