Marvel’s Echo Ending Explained

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Warning! This post contains SPOILERS for Marvel’s Echo


Summary

  • Maya Lopez, also known as Echo, chooses to embrace her family and ancestors’ legacy in the finale of Marvel’s Echo, leading to a major showdown with Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin.
  • Maya taps into the power of her ancestors and attempts to heal Kingpin, confusing and leaving him shaken.
  • In Echo’s post-credits scene, it is implied that Kingpin will attempt to run for New York’s mayor in the MCU’s future, setting up a potential storyline in Daredevil: Born Again.

Marvel’s Echo ends with both an epic showdown and an exciting future for its primary hero and villain. Starring Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez, Echo is set in the aftermath of 2021’s Hawkeye, continuing Maya’s journey after she shot Wilson Fisk’s Kingpin (Vincent D’onofrio) for orchestrating father’s death, the New York crime boss whom she had long seen as an uncle. Having returned home to Oklahoma, Maya is forced to choose in the series’ finale whether to embrace the legacy of her family and ancestors or the one offered by one of the MCU’s greatest villains.

Originally believing that she wanted to take over the presumably deceased Kingpin’s empire, Echo sees Maya connecting with her past and those who came before in a very powerful way. Combined with the reveal that Fisk survived his injuries and wanted Maya to return to him once more with the promise of her own empire, Maya chooses to embrace her family and the legacy of her ancestors in Echo’s finale, leading to a major showdown with some major ramifications for both rivals. Here’s Echo’s ending explained as well as its teases for the future for the future of the MCU.


What Did Echo Do To Kingpin?

Having tapped into the power of her ancestors dating back to the first Choctaw woman, Maya Lopez seemingly attempts to heal of Kingpin of his pain and rage just as she was encouraged to do by the spirit of her mother. Placing her hands on Fisk which were glowing with spiritual energy, Echo left Kingpin confused and shaken as he demanded to know what Maya had done to him.

Kingpin’s Flashbacks Explained

Fisk in Echo Finale Flashbacks

During the Maya’s healing process, various flashbacks to Kingpin’s past were featured including his traumatic childhood, his murder of the ice cream vendor seen in previous episodes, as well as a sequence where Fisk is standing in front of a large painting while wearing a black suit, potentially the gallery of Vanessa Marianna, the woman who would eventually become Fisk’s wife as seen in Daredevil season 3.

How Echo Sets Up Kingpin’s Next MCU Story

Fisk Watching New In Echo Post-Credits

Having been escorted away from the Choctaw powwow by his men, Fisk is seen on board his jet in Echo’s post-credits scene. Listening to the newscasters talking about the potential for a new mayoral candidate to emerge, the implication is clear that Kingpin will attempt to run for New York’s mayor in the MCU’s future, most likely in Daredevil: Born Again.

Echo’s Powers Explained: How She Can Share Them With Her Family

MCU Echo in Finale Standing With Ancestors

Having embraced the legacy of her ancestors, Echo has a collection of new powers from each of her ancestors whose histories were featured in previous episodes. Likewise, Echo uses this power to share them with both her cousin Bonnie and grandmother Chula. Seeing as how they’re also from the same bloodline and lineage, it follows that they too would be able to use this same ancestral power (though likely only temporarily).

What Are Echo’s Powers Exactly

Echo's New MCU Suit In Finale

As revealed by the spirit of Maya’s mother Taloa, Maya was given gifts from each of her ancestors. Strategy came from Lowak, cunning came from Tuklo, ferocity came from Chafa, and love came from Taloa herself. All of these aspects were within Maya herself, existing as an “Echo” of all those who came before and spiritually empowered her in Echo’s finale. Likewise, it seemed as though Maya was also given the aforementioned healing abilities as well as some additional strength which she shared with her family whom Fisk had taken hostage.

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