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Maya Lopez / Echo (Marvel)

Originally a pawn for the Kingpin of Crime, the deaf Cheyenne-Latin American Maya Lopez becomes a crusader, using her photographic reflexes to combat criminals in Hells’ Kitchen, teams up with the Avengers, and even became a host for the Phoenix Force. Here follows a brief narrative of Maya Lopez / Echo before watching Echo, the new series coming out next week on Disney Plus and Hulu.

Origin of Maya Lopez

Maya Lopez grows up with her father William Lincoln after her mother deserted their family. Originally thought to be learning-disabled, her teachers realize that Maya is in fact deaf. Her father works for crime kingpin, Wilson Fisk, who murders him. Wilson becomes Maya’s guardian and hopes to make use of her in his criminal empire.

Maya’s Ability

Maya can duplicate any actions that she can observe, ranging from musical performances to combat such as martial arts and weapons. She can copy a range of fighting styles and is skilled with various musical instruments as well. She has wielded pistols, dart guns, a billy club, and throwing stars in combat.

Friends and Foes

Kingpin, Wilson Fisk lies to Maya about her father’s death, blaming the Devil of Hells Kitchen, Matt Murdock. Maya learns the truth eventually and turns on Fisk. She has even fought alongside Wolverine on a few occasions. Maya joins the Avengers and helps to investigate the Hand. She has been romantically involved with both Clint Barton / Hawkeye as well as Marc Spector / Moon Knight.

Maya Lopez / Echo (Marvel)

Maya Lopez / Echo’s Backstory

Wilson Fisk sent Maya to keep an eye on Matt Murdock. As luck would have it they were attracted to each other, resulting in Fisk falsely accusing Murdock of murdering her father. Recorded video footage helped Maya beat Murdock in a fight. She couldn’t bring herself to kill Murdock that day, but fought him again when Fisk was reported dead with Daredevil presumably responsible. She came to the conclusion that Murdock was innocent, confronted Fisk, and wounded him severely. She went on to travel to work through this ordeal.

Upon her return, she had brief encounters with the likes of Fisk and Murdock and realised that she still had a troubled spirit. After encountering Wolverine she made peace with her troubled past and tried her hand in performance art again.

Maya took on a new identity as Ronin and helped the Avengers face the Hand in Japan. She lost her life and got resurrected by none other than Elektra and the Hand, with the intention of having her work for the notorious Hand. She got rescued by Luke Cage and Danny Rand and Dr . Stephen Strange provided the necessary medical assistance. They soon discovered that they would be facing off against shapeshifting Skrulls. Maya then joined Cage’s Avengers as Echo, thus giving up the Ronin identity.

Maya teamed up with Marc Spector to face-off against the new Kingpin of Los Angeles, Count Nefaria, which also resulted in her death. Maya appeared again later only to join hands with Murdock to face Ulysses Klaw whose aim was to take over New York City. Loki Laufeyson once went as far to trick Maya to provide assistance on another planet.

The Phoenix Force chose Maya as its host and with this power she participated in the Contest of Champions, facing off against Namor. She lost the battle, but the Phoenix Force resurrected her. Maya Lopez was reborn as the Phoenix!

The above stories about Maya Lopez / Echo have been shortened and enough detail has been left out to leave you hungry for more. I highly encourage subscribing to Marvel Unlimited to read up about Maya Lopez / Echo or any of your favorite Marvel characters.

Maya Lopez / Echo (Marvel)

New TV Series coming soon!

Maya Lopez’s ruthless behavior in New York City catches up with her in her hometown; she must face her past, reconnect with her Native American roots and embrace the meaning of family and community.

I highly encourage watching the both the Daredevil and Hawkeye TV Series to catch up with the background of both Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk.

Genre: Action Adventure / Crime / Superhero

Release Date: 10 January 2024

Platforms: Disney Plus and Hulu

Directors: Sydney Freeland and Catriona McKenzie

Based on: Echo by David Mack and Joe Quesada

Cast: Alaqua Cox, Chaske Spencer, Tantoo Cardinal, Devery Jacobs, Cody Lightning, Graham Greene, Zahn McClarnon, Vincent D’Onofrio and Charlie Cox

Echo TV Series Poster (Marvel)

Watch Echo on Disney Plus and Hulu on the 10th of January 2024!

Echo Official Trailer (Marvel Entertainment)

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Madame Web Review

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Celeste O'Connor, Dakota Johnson, Isabela Merced & Sydney Sweeney (Sony)

Be ready to get caught in the web of Cassandra, our very own Madame Web. Swing by your local cinemas now to catch Madame Web on the big screen!

Plot

Cassandra Webb is a New York City paramedic who starts to show signs of clairvoyance. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she must protect three young women from a mysterious adversary who wants them dead.

Isabela Merced, Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor (Sony)

Movie Review (no spoiler)

Madame Web, the fourth entry in the Sony’s Spider-Man Universe brings us a different take on a complete new group of heroes in the heart of New York. I need to caution the readers that when going to watch the movie, keep an open mind. This movie is about Madame Web and her role as a protector to three young women who will play a much greater role in future…hopefully. If you are expecting Peter Parker / Spider-Man to swing in and catch a crook, you will sadly be disappointed.

I firmly welcome the new take on the Spider-Women within Marvel. Since Across the Spider-Verse I have pondered the question on whether we will get a chance to see any of the Spider-Women on the big screen and also the ‘How?’. I have always seen Cassandra Webb / Madame Web play a motherlike and protector role. I personally think Dakota Johnson played her part excellently well in that sense.

Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced and Celeste O’Connor plays the parts of Julia Cornwall, Anya Corazon and Mattie Franklin and delivers a breath of fresh air. They are teased to play big roles in the future, according to the villain in the movie. The new villain of the movie, played by Tahar Rahim, provides a thrilling experience at first but gets taken down too easily at the end.

Tahar Rahim as Ezekiel Sims (Sony)

Madame Web provided a good introduction to a new character, which is Madame Web, but sadly doesn’t provide any promise of continuity and linkages with any of the existing movies within the current universe. A few easter eggs in the movie point to another beloved Marvel character, but I would have loved to experience more of Cassie’s web and the chance of a teaser for the other heroines of the movie since there are still so much stories left to tell. There is unfortunately no post-credits scene, which was a let down, considering Madame Web is part of the Sony Spider-Man Universe and continuity is what many are hopeful for. I’m curious if we get to see continuity later in the form of a sequel or even a cameo of Cassie, Julia, Mattie and / or Anya in any other production.

I rate this movie 3 out of 5.

The trailer doesn’t spoil too much of the storyline. Make sure to catch at a big screen near you.

Madame Web Official Trailer (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

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Arachne: Character Profile

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Julia Carpenter née Cornwall (Marvel)

Fugitive, protector, and eventually an Avenger! Many aliases, many adventures. Here follows the background of Julia Carpenter née Cornwall.

Origin of Arachne

Julia, born and raised in Los Angeles, met the love of her life, Larry Carpenter while attending college. They have a daughter together, Rachel Carpenter, but sadly separated due to Larry being unfaithful. To ensure Julia could take care of her daughter she joined a secret covert project where the main objective was to create super-agents. She becomes the guinea pig for a series of experiments which prove to be quite successful.

Abilities

She had super strength, could cling to walls and even generate energy webs! She is given a cool costume, and even though she wants her codename to be Arachne, the Commission on Superhuman Activities decide her new name will be Spider-Woman. She can lift over ten tons and her psychic webs is powerful enough to stop a car at high speed. She eventually inherits Cassandra Webb’s / Madame Web’s powers, which enables her to see into the future and astral project.

Friends and Foes caught in Julia’s web

Julia faced off against the might Doctor Doom alongside the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. As a member of the Government’s Freedom Force, she was forced to arrest both mutants and the Avengers, which made her feel uneasy. She became a fugitive when she helped the Avengers escape. The Avengers would soon be exonerated, but Julia remained on the fugitive’s list. She eventually gave herself up and accepted a deal to work with the government again. She joined up with Spider-Man to face off against the Wrecking Crew and her support to the Avengers made her an active member on the roster of the Avengers, and this even sparked a romance with one of the team members (which I will not share, but allow you as the reader to find).

Julia had to balance her time between being a hero and a mother to Rachel. Another Spider-Woman, Charlotte Witter came on the scene and stole Julia’s powers, crippling her in the process. Joining forces with Jessica Drew, Mattie Franklin and Cassandra Webb allowed them to defeat Charlotte, but it didn’t help to restore her powers. A secret formula helped Julia recover her powers, but her problems was far from over.

Julia Carpenter née Cornwall as Spider-Woman (Marvel)

Using her secret codename, Arachne helped to avoid confusion with all of the Spider-Women, but the new Superhuman Registration Act forced superpowered individuals to register with the government, thus exposing themselves in the process. The Avengers was in full support of the new legislation, and Julia was soon recruited to help the Avengers capture unregistered heroes, however, she helped unregistered heroes avoid capture, and became a fugitive again. She was eventually arrested by Carol Danvers and Wonder Man. A pardon was offered, and she was required to join up with Omega Flight, a Canadian Government superhero team.

A dangerous plot by the Kravinoff family resulted not only in the death of Cassandra / Madame Web, but Madame Web’s psychic powers transferred to Julia, making her clairvoyant and able to astral project herself. This enabled her to see into the future and another hero at a later stage. Can you guess who?

The above stories about Julia Carpenter née Cornwall / Arachne have been shortened and enough detail has been left out to leave you hungry for more. I highly encourage subscribing to Marvel Unlimited to read up about Arachne or any of your favorite Marvel characters.

Madame Web Movie Coming Soon!

In a switch from the typical genre, Madame Web tells the standalone origin story of one of Marvel publishing’s most enigmatic heroines. The suspense-driven thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who develops the power to see the future… and realizes she can use that insight to change it. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women bound for powerful destinies…if they can all survive a deadly present.

Genre: Action / Sci-Fi / Superhero

Release Date: 14 February 2024

Directors: SJ Clarkson

Based on: Marvel Comics

Cast: Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor, Isabela Merced, Tahar Rahim, Mike Epps, Emma Roberts & Adam Scott

Madame Web Movie Poster (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Sydney Sweeney plays the role of Julia Cornwall in Madame Web.

Watch Madame Web on the big screen on 14 February 2024.

Madame Web Official Trailer (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

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Madame Web: Character Profile

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Cassandra Webb / Madame Web (Marvel)

Paramedic, Psychic, Heroic! Meet Madame Web before getting caught in her web this month.

Abilities

Cassandra Webb is born in Salem, Oregon, and struggling with both sight and a serious neurological condition known as myasthenia gravis. She discovers she has psychic powers. She masters abilities such as clairvoyance, which is the ability to see things in the future; prescience, the ability to predict things; and telepathy. Through the use of astral projection she can appear to others. At one stage she is even connected to a spider web-like supportive system, but will allow you, the reader to find out more about it in the comics.

Friends and Foes

Madame Web’s web of allies include none other than Peter Parker / Spider-Man as well as many variations of Spider-Women such as Julia Carpenter and Mattie Franklin to list a few. She often helps Spider-Man protect other people, and this brings her in the crosshairs of notorious villains such as Doctor Otto Octavius, Electro and the Kravinoff family. The Juggernaut was sent once to kidnap her and this resulted in her falling in a coma and with short-term memory loss. Fearing death, she reached out to none other than the Green Goblin to learn about an arcane ritual that could grant possible immortality. Madame Web joins up with Spider-Man to stop the Dinosaur Man from turning New York into a prehistoric paradise using a special artifact.

Prior to dying, she managed to transfer her powers to one of the Spider-Women. Can you guess who?

The above stories about Cassandra Webb / Madame Web have been shortened and enough detail has been left out to leave you hungry for more. I highly encourage subscribing to Marvel Unlimited to read up about Madame Web or any of your favorite Marvel characters.

Cassandra Webb / Madame Web (Marvel)

Madame Web Movie Coming Soon!

In a switch from the typical genre, Madame Web tells the standalone origin story of one of Marvel publishing’s most enigmatic heroines. The suspense-driven thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who develops the power to see the future… and realizes she can use that insight to change it. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women bound for powerful destinies…if they can all survive a deadly present.

Genre: Action / Sci-Fi / Superhero

Release Date: 14 February 2024

Directors: SJ Clarkson

Based on: Marvel Comics

Cast: Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor, Isabela Merced, Tahar Rahim, Mike Epps, Emma Roberts & Adam Scott

Madame Web Movie Poster (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Dakota Johnson plays the titular role in Madame Web.

Watch Madame Web on the big screen on 14 February 2024.

Madame Web Official Trailer (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

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