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In Season 1, Episode 2 of Echo, titled “Lowak”, we see a flashback to 1200 AD, Alabama, where Maya’s ancestor, Lowak, leads her team in a fierce game where the losing team would be “banished from [those] lands forever”.

Among the native spectators, there is an odd figure: a white man dressed in European-style clothing, complete with metal buckles. He also has a distinctive scarred and white eye, and some facial markings or tattoos.

the white man described above

This seems out-of-place for the pre-Columbian setting, since, if I'm not mistaken, it would be hundreds of years before European contact with Native Americans in this area.

The director of this episode, Sydney Freeland, has confirmed in an interview that the scene was set in a “section of America pre-European contact”, and that the spectators were from various Native American tribes. But she has not explained who this man is or why he is there. (Relevant part starts at 3:05.)

What's the deal with his appearance? As far as I know, this was not addressed or referenced in the other episodes. Is he a reference to historical evidence of Europeans witnessing Native American sports in or around Alabama circa 1200 AD? Or is he a reference to events or characters from the comics or other Marvel media?

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    Allegedly, the norse (vikings) were visiting the north american continent in the 1100s so it's possible that they might have gotten inland as far as modern day Alabama but this seems unlikely. His dress seems too modern(ish) for that period.
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Jan 11 at 15:29
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    Since this is science fiction it's entirely plausible to assert that Viking explorers or settlers made it as far as Alabama.
    – Spencer
    Commented Jan 11 at 16:32
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    Could also be young Odin, what with scar and missing/ blind right eye?
    – jo1storm
    Commented Jan 11 at 16:37
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    Alabama is much further south (and west) than Newfoundland, so that would be a stretch.
    – chepner
    Commented Jan 11 at 16:39
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    Odin ... I like it! ☺
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Jan 11 at 17:40

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According to Echo concept artist Winona Nelson, that man is indeed a Viking, as some have speculated. Unfortunately, they did not explain further as to how or why the Viking man was there.

screenshot of Instagram post

Another Cahokia key illustration, this time focused more on the denizens, a wide mix of tribes and cultures represented. I loved seeing all the activity and commerce come to life! And he's not wearing the same costume but the Viking we snuck in here got into a shot!

- Instagram post by @winonanelsonart (emphasis mine)

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    Next question, does Odin count as a Viking?
    – Adamant
    Commented Jan 27 at 18:01

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