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Echo Review

Echo Review: the new Marvel TV Show is meaner than ever

Marvel picks Echo, Daredevil and Kingpin for its darkest and most violent TV show ever coming Jan. 10, 2024 on Disney+

It’s a Native American moment in Hollywood: in the year of Killers of The Flower Moon (here’s our review of Killers of The Flower Moon) and in the wake of Prey by Dan Trachtenberg, after the film industry had focused on stories at the Mexican border for the entire period of the Trump presidency, even the Marvel Studios embraces this narrative with superheroine Echo, new TV show set to be released on January 10, 2024 exclusively on the on-demand streaming platform Disney+ which marks many ‘firsts’ for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The one starring the actress Alaqua Cox, born deaf and with a prosthetic right leg (characteristics that coincide with those of her Marvel villain character Maya Lopez, deaf-mute in comics) is in fact the first title of the new label Marvel Spotlight, a ‘subsection’ of the MCU dedicated to ‘more realistic content’ than the adventures of other more ‘fantasy’ superheroes as well as the first to be distributed on a binge-watching model (all 5 episodes will be immediately available at launch).

Lastly, Echo is also Marvel’s first rated-r TV show: a feature, this one, that immediately puts it on a collision course with the acclaimed TV series Marvel’s Daredevil, an epoch-making television project by Netflix that run for three seasons between 2015 and 2018 and recently officially incorporated into the continuity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it is precisely this unattainable benchmark that is Echo’s misfortune.

Echo: MCU meets Marvel-Netflix

In the context of the Multiverse Saga and the whole MCU, technically Echo is a sequel to Hawkeye (Alaqua Cox debuted as Maya Lopez in the TV show with Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld) and at the same time a ‘second chapter’ of a subplot focused on the return of Kingpin in New York (still played by the titanic Vincent D’Onofrio, a guarantee) and which will also go through the highly anticipated Daredevil: Born Again (and culminating, at least according to rumors, with the new Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland).

Little use, therefore, is made of the Marvel Spotlight banner, whose fine print is punctuated by the new fanfare consisting of Michael Giacchino: although the attempt to ‘broaden’ the audience and try to appeal not only to fans of the franchise is understandable, we are still within the MCU and it is hard for us to imagine Echo breaking through to the heart of a casual viewer.

Echo Review 1

This is because the initial impact, the one precisely with episode 1, in the first half hour is tremendously awkward in summarizing ‘Maya’s story so far’, reconnecting with the events of Hawkeye and adding previously unreleased details about its past: in recent months there have been rumors of significant production problems behind the scenes, with the series initially set for a total of eight episodes, and although these rumors were never confirmed, the viewing of the first episode would be enough to want to go back and review them..

Beyond the first episode

Fortunately, however, not everything is to be thrown away, and past the hurdle of the cumbersome first chapter Maya’s world has its aces to turn on the table, as far as the level of complexity of Marvel’s Daredevil is extremely distant, as much in character development as in dialogue (and we would gladly refrain from the unapologetic comparison, except that it is the very nature of Echo as a publishing project that brings it up).

In fact, the series can boast of excellent hand-to-hand duels that are extremely physical – probably as MCU fans have never been used to seeing – and the ambiguous ‘father-daughter’ relationship between Echo and Kingpin works beautifully, especially since Alaqua Cox proves to be not only spot-on casting but even able to hold her own against Vincent D’Onofrio.

Echo Review 2

We hope for you that you have not tuned in just to watch Charlie Cox again as Daredevil (a very short sequence but with a striking entrance and a beautifully choreographed fight) but, between highs and lows, Echo resolves as a good experiment for Marvel Studiosthat, after the conclusion of Marvel’s What if 2 (if you missed it, here is the review of Marvel’s What If 2), inaugurate this 2024 more villainous than ever.

VERDICT: 2,5/5

Matteo Regoli

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