For the longest time, Marvel has almost singularly fixated on heroes and villains that have it all. Thanos has his army and multi-dimensional prowess. Iron Man has his technology and money, a privilege Peter Parker gets to enjoy at the slightest inconvenience. Of course, there are a lot of tragic backstories, but it’s always met with funny banter and a new suit that can kill for you or a magic sorcerer at your disposal.
Echo brings in a new era of protagonists to root (or not root) for. Let’s be clear — Maya is more villain than hero, apparent from her interaction with Hawkeye. But like with Venom, she’s one you will root for.
Marvel Studios is launching its latest Disney+ series Echo in early 2024. Centering around Maya Lopez, a deaf Native American superhero, the show promises gritty action and insight into Marvel’s street-level heroes. Here’s everything we know about the Marvel Echo release date with a little insight into what you can expect from the series.
When is Marvel’s Echo Coming Out?
After several delays, Echo is now scheduled to premiere on January 10, 2024. All five episodes will drop simultaneously on both Disney+ and Hulu. This makes it the first Marvel Studios series to release full seasons at once instead of weekly installments.
What is Marvel’s Echo About?
Echo centers on Maya Lopez, who was first introduced in 2021’s Hawkeye series. The new show picks up after the events in New York City, with Maya returning home to Oklahoma. There, she must confront her past, connect with her Native American roots, and come to terms with her family.
The series is expected to explore the seismic event that led Maya on the path to becoming a ruthless crime boss under the mentorship of Kingpin. Vincent D’Onofrio reprises his role as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin, Maya’s adoptive uncle. Their confrontation with Hawkeye, which ended with Maya shooting Kingpin, will fuel more conflict between the two. Is this more DC than Marvel? It’s dark enough to be.
Charlie Cox also returns as Daredevil, last seen in cameos across 2021’s Spider-Man: No Way Home and 2022’s She-Hulk. The series hints that Daredevil is searching for a former ally, likely Jessica Jones.
Marvel’s Echo Trailer
Marvel released the first official trailer for Echo on November 3, 2023. The footage showcases Maya back home, reconnecting with her Native American roots.
We also see plenty of gritty action as she takes on enemies. The trailer reveals Kingpin wearing an eyepatch, likely from when Maya shot him. A brief shot also confirms Daredevil’s appearance. The trailer highlights the show’s serious, intense tone that makes it the first Marvel Studios project to earn a mature TV-MA rating.
Marvel’s Echo Cast
Echo stars deaf actress Alaqua Cox as the titular Marvel hero. Reprising their roles are:
- Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin
- Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil
- Zahn McClarnon as William Lopez
- Devery Jacobs as Julie
Additional cast members include Chaske Spencer, Tantoo Cardinal, Graham Greene, and Cody Lightning.
Where to Watch Marvel’s Echo?
Viewers can stream all episodes of Echo on Disney+ or Hulu when it premieres on January 10, 2024. The series will be available on both platforms simultaneously.
Echo, also known as Maya Lopez, is a deaf superhero of Native American descent. Although she lacks supernatural abilities, she has the unique talent to perfectly copy another person’s movements just by observing them. She initially appears as a Tracksuit Mafia leader and adversary to Hawkeye.
Echo will consist of five episodes that will all be released together on premiere day.
Yes, Echo has a prosthetic lower leg in the comics. Disney+ series will depict this detail from her character. Interestingly, Alaqua Cox has a prosthetic leg too in real life.
Echo occupies a gray area between hero and villain. She starts out working for Kingpin’s criminal empire but gradually moves away from that path during her appearances in Hawkeye and now her show. Honestly, we’ll just have to see.