Critical Condition: Echo

Expect Echo, the first series to stream under the Marvel Spotlight banner, to deliver “more grounded, character-driven” storytelling than previous Marvel shows.

Here’s the blurb: “Following her dramatic debut in the 2021 Marvel Studios series Hawkeye, Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox) takes centrestage in Echo … The gritty, grounded, five-episode series is a self-contained story that follows Maya’s pursuit of power and revenge as she is pursued by Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) and his criminal empire.”

And here’s what’s being said about today’s launch on Disney+:

“There’s a lot of hype surrounding Echo, and for good reason. By the looks of things, it’ll be Disney+’s most action-packed Marvel series to date. And the return of Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin and Charlie Cox’s Daredevil will surely draw the viewers in. All five episodes will be available to watch immediately upon the show’s premiere, making this one a binge-watch to look forward to.” — Rotten Tomatoes.

“The television arm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going through changes, moving away from having every movie and TV series connect closely to a larger transmedia narrative. Although Echo is a spinoff from the Avengers-adjacent miniseries Hawkeye — with Alaqua Cox reprising her role as a deaf Native American with the power to mimic other people’s fighting styles — and although it will feature the Marvel villain Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio), the show is meant to stand alone, appealing even to viewers who have never even heard of the likes of Daredevil or She-Hulk.” — New York Times.

“Enjoyed the first two episodes of Echo which had an incredible (and violent) fight scene I want to watch again and again. The sound design is *fire emoji* The brilliant Alaqua Cox continually draws me in, but I found the storytelling and pacing shaky. Excited to see the rest!” — Total Film.

“I think fans of Netflix’s Daredevil are going to love it. It’s like Marvel remembered it can be violent and dark. Alaqua Cox is amazing! Although I don’t love all the creative decisions though.” — The Digital Fix.

“Despite its beautiful showcases of the Choctaw people and of the deaf and disabled communities, the juice of Echo isn’t worth the squeeze … mostly feels like filler.” — Variety.

Dark and bloody physically and psychologically, as well as action-filled, Echo is rooted in the near-numbing grief of pain, loss and betrayal, as well as the history of the Choctaw people … Has the power to resurrect the battered Marvel moneymaking machine.” — Deadline.

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One Response to “Critical Condition: Echo”

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    January 9, 2024 at 4:38 pm

    I’m so excited for Echo. It also includes cameos as well. My guess is Jessica Jones, Hawkeye, Kate Bishop and maybe a Spider-Man. I think Daredevil has got more than a cameo going by the advertising 😁

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