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Echo’s Post-Credits Scene Sets Up Marvel’s Kingpin Future


Whatever one thinks of the new Disney+ show Echo, it ends with a promise for a new status quo for the MCU.

(L-R): Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin and Darnell Besaw as young Maya Lopez in Marvel Studios' ECHO,
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This post contains spoilers for Echo.

Not so long ago, a bright and insightful writer at the venerable pop culture site Den of Geek noted that the Kingpin of Crime Wilson Fisk could fill a gaping hole in the MCU. At the end of the fifth and final episode of Echo, that prediction looks even more sound.

Echo builds to a strange climax, in which Maya Lopez aka Echo gains indistinct superpowers (a nod to her comic book counterpart, the current host of the Phoenix Force?) and spreads them to her sister and grandmother to help them fight off Fisk and his men. But instead of punching Fisk into submission or shooting him in the face again, as she did at the end of Hawkeye, Maya performs something of a mind-meld on her adopted uncle.

The move forces him to relive his memories as a boy, listening to his father beat his mother. As Vincent D’Onofrio takes his giant baby approach to playing Fisk to its furthest extreme, Maya appears in his memory. She urges him to let go of his anger and hurt.

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