Critics Post New Echo Reactions Ahead of Marvel Debut

The first MCU entry of 2024 comes with the Disney+ series Echo. Here are the critics’ thoughts on the first three episodes.

(Right): Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez in Marvel Studios' Echo, releasing on Hulu and Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2023. All Rights Reserved.
Photo: Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios.

Let’s be honest: the MCU is in a tough place. Even excellent entries like Loki season two and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 have failed to make people forget about the abysmal Secret Invasion and imperfect movies Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and The Marvels. Also, did you know that What If…? season two happened?

Marvel will be largely laying low for 2024, with Deadpool 3 the only movie on the film release calendar. But the tv shows will still happen, starting with Echo, the first to be released under the MA-Rated Marvel Spotlight heading.

Based on a character created by David Mack and Joe Quesada, Echo spins out of the Hawkeye television series. In that series, we meet the deaf martial arts expert Maya Lopez, played by Alaqua Cox. In Hawkeye, Echo blames Clint Barton for the death of her father William (Zahn McClarnon), a lie told by her adoptive uncle, Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). Upon learning about the Fisk lies, Maya shoots him and goes on the run, which is where Echo picks up.

Promotion for Echo has leaned into the show’s ties to the Daredevil series that ran on Netflix. Not only does Echo bring back D’Onofrio as the Kingpin of Crime Wilson Fisk and Charlie Cox as Daredevil, but the show promises a level of violence missing from the mainline MCU entries.


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