Charlie Cox And Vincent D'Onofrio To Return In Disney+ Marvel Series Echo

Marvel Studios has not-so-sneakily begun to fold certain Marvel Television characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe proper. Sure, we're still waiting for the House of Ideas to show some respect to the MCU's first Asian-American superhero (I'm referring, of course, to Daisy Johnson on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."), but at least it tipped its hat to "Agent Carter" with James D'Arcy's cameo as the OG Jarvis in "Avengers: Endgame." Then came Charlie Cox's cameo as Matt Murdock in "Spider-Man: No Way Home," around the same time Daredevil's old "pal" Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin, was revealed as the big bad on "Hawkeye," with Vincent D'Onofrio once again filling his shoes.

Marvel's upcoming "Echo" series on Disney+ will act as a spinoff of "Hawkeye" as it details the ongoing adventures of the titular character and former Tracksuit Mafia commander, Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox). The latter show notably ended with Maya discovering her "uncle" Fisk was behind the death of her father, William (Zahn McClarnon), and shooting the Kingpin dead ... or so the series heavily implied, with Fisk's "death" taking place off-screen. Yeah, it's fair to say few people (if anybody) fell for that trick, and it's been a waiting game to find out when and where Fisk would resurface ever since.

It now seems Cox and D'Onofrio will return to the MCU before they (presumably?) star in that new "Daredevil" series reportedly being developed for Disney+. Specifically, The Hollywood Reporter has learned the two are set to reprise their roles as Daredevil and Kingpin on "Echo" — and they might just be joined by another Marvel Television character on the show.

Getting the gang back together

Charlie Cox and Vincent D'Onofrio famously portrayed masked-crime-fighter-by-night, Catholic-guilt-wracked-lawyer-by-day Matt Murdock and soulful mobster Wilson Fisk (respectively) across all three seasons of Marvel's original "Daredevil" series on Netflix. Cox also showed up as Daredevil in "The Defenders," a crossover mini-series uniting the superheroes from Marvel's various Netflix series, including "Jessica Jones," "Luke Cage," and "Iron Fist." Netflix would go on to cancel those shows, along with the "Daredevil" spinoff "The Punisher," in rapid succession starting in 2018, in anticipation of Disney launching its in-house streaming service complete with Marvel series of its own. This also prevented Marvel Studios from using characters like Daredevil in the MCU until 2020, per its deal with Netflix.

Cut to the present, and the former Marvel-Netflix series have all since moved over to Disney+ in their original uncensored form (albeit with an updated parental setting due to their not-so-family-friendly content). This is also why characters like Daredevil and Kingpin have begun to enter the MCU proper of late, with Krysten Ritter's Jessica Jones possibly soon to follow. Indeed, per a rumor shared by the Weekly Planet Podcast's co-host James Clement, "Echo" will find Matt searching for a old ally in the form of Jessica, potentially bringing them face-to-face with Fisk along the way. Might this further explain why "Jessica Jones" was recently re-titled on Disney+? (Pulls on tinfoil hat)

Keep it tuned to /Film for more updates on "Echo" and other Marvel-related Disney+ projects in the future.