Alaqua Cox’s portrayal of Maya Lopez in Disney+ Hawkeye in 2021 truly left a lasting impression. In a cast filled with charming characters and assassins with noble intentions, Maya emerged as a formidable and lethal presence, consistently emphasizing the high stakes of the story. Disney was so impressed with Cox’s performance as the deaf Native American heroine that they approved a spinoff series.
At the press event, Sydney Freeland offered a sneak peek of a fight sequence from the show, illustrating Lopez’s transformation into a villain. In this intense scene, she faces a multitude of adversaries and crosses paths with Daredevil (Charlie Cox), the arch-nemesis of Kingpin.
“We wanted very, very adamantly to show that these are people on our show — they bleed, they die, they get killed and there are real consequences,” Freeland said.
In the comic books, Lopez possesses photographic reflexes, enabling her to flawlessly mimic and duplicate any physical action or skill by mere observation. This gift makes her an exceptionally adept combatant and marksman.
Nevertheless, in the TV show or adaptation in question, it seems that the Freeland is hinting at a departure from her comic book abilities. It’s implied that Maya’s powers have been modified or reimagined to diverge from her original comic book counterpart.
“Her power in the comic books is that she can copy anything, any movement, any whatever. It’s kind of lame,” Freeland said. “I will say, that is not her power. I’ll just kind of leave it at that.”