‘Hawkeye’ Star Fra Fee Reveals Kazi and Maya are Childhood Friends

Tracksuit Mafia member Kazi Kazimierczak may be the only person who can convince Maya Lopez to stop hunting Ronin. And according to Hawkeye star Fra Fee, Maya trusts Kazi because the two have known each other since they were kids.

‘Hawkeye’ Episode 3 briefly highlights Kazi and Maya’s dynamic

(L-R): Jeremy Renner, Fra Fee, Hailee Steinfeld, and Alaqua Cox in 'Hawkeye'
(L-R): Jeremy Renner, Fra Fee, Hailee Steinfeld, and Alaqua Cox in ‘Hawkeye’ | Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios

In Hawkeye Episode 3, “Echoes,” Clint Barton (Jeremey Renner) and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) escape the Tracksuit Mafia’s hold and wind up in the middle of a dangerous car chase. While Maya, aka Echo (Alaqua Cox) and Kazi (Fra Fee), follow the superheroes, they must dodge trick arrows as cars around them crash and burn. 

Maya knows Ronin killed her father, and she believes Clint or Kate know something about him. However, when they return to their warehouse, Kazi tries to convince Maya to let her vendetta go. She stops to hear him out. But ultimately, Maya reminds Kazi that she’s in charge.

‘Hawkeye’ star Fra Fee reveals Maya and Kazi have known each other for many years

In the second episode of Hawkeye, flashbacks reveal Maya took martial arts lessons as a kid. And her “Uncle,” although not shown on screen, is there watching her and waiting to take her home. As revealed by Fee, Kazi and Maya have known each other since they were kids. And he noted Kazi was in her karate classes as well. 

“They’ve been in each other’s lives for a long time,” the actor told Collider. “Kazi is there in the karate class, in karate, [the] same time as little Maya. So they have a relationship, a familial relationship, and care very deeply about one another.” 

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Fra Fee says Kazi might feel emasculated by Maya

Hawkeye hasn’t highlighted much of Kazi and Maya’s relationship yet. But offering some insight into his character’s headspace, Fee suggested Kazi may be jealous of Maya. He’s been with the criminal organization just as long as she has. And by now, he may have expected to be the one in charge. 

“So they have a relationship, a familial relationship, and care very deeply about one another,” Fee said in his chat with Collider. “Kazi, I suspect, would have imagined himself in a higher position in the organization than Maya. That has been his driving force all of his life.”

“I’m not sure if it’s been Maya’s driving force all her life, but perhaps after the death of her father, she felt it useful to be in the organization and use that manpower to try and find out who did this,” he added. “But it has always been Kazi’s driving force.”

Fee noted that with Maya taking the position he coveted, Kazi may feel a little emasculated. And it’s this insecurity that leads to his inner conflict. 

“So from going from this familial brother-sister setup to then feeling somewhat emasculated by Maya taking the position that he perhaps thinks is rightfully his, we’ve got a bit of conflict going on,” Fee explained.

 “They should be keeping a low profile, but Maya is absolutely finding her voice in this show,” he continued. “I think her quest for revenge is insatiable. And it’ll be interesting to see if Kazi’s able to do anything about that.”

New episodes of Hawkeye air Wednesdays on Disney+.