Whilst reviews are still a long way off, the first reactions from critics who’ve seen the first two episodes of Marvel Studios’ new series “Echo” have been released.
The five-episode streaming event series spotlights deaf Native American hero Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox) who has the talent to imitate any opponent’s fighting style. She is pursued by Wilson Fisk’s (Vincent D’Onofrio) criminal empire.
When the journey brings her to her hometown in Oklahoma, she must confront her own family and legacy. The five-episode mini-series marks Marvel Studios’ first TV-MA rated series as well as its first title under the ‘Marvel Spotlight’ banner for its darker and more standalone tales.
Here’s a sampling of reactions:
“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!” – Emily Murray, Total Film
“If the world ending stakes of the MCU have you longing for something more grounded #Echo is the gritty tonic. Two episodes seen and it’s a hard hitting action thriller with a great sense of Native American culture. Cant wait to see the final three when they drop in Jan.” – Paul Klein, Film Hounds Magazine
“Saw the first two episodes of ‘Echo’ tonight and have a lot of thoughts. 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” – Tom Percival, The Digital Fix
“I’ve seen 3 eps of #Echo | A grounded, character driven story with hints of bigger things to come. The strong focus on Maya’s indigenous heritage & personal history intrigues me; and while some quiet moments slow the pacing; when the action scenes come, they are indeed brutal.” – Tyrell Charles, Podcaster
“#Echo – I’ve got to see the first 3 episodes. More mature than other #disneyplus #marvel shows, great fight scene with Daredevil. Loved Kingpin. Fab Action. Feels more like ‘TV’. Lower stakes, perfect for the new Spotlight brand.” – What’s on Disney Plus
Overall reaction is positive, but with some reservations. All seem to appreciate the tone which skewers much more like Netflix’s “Daredevil” series.
Chaske Spencer, Tantoo Cardinal, Graham Greene, Cody Lightning, Charlie Cox, Devery Jacobs, and Zahn McClarnon also star in the series which releases all five episodes on January 10th on both Disney+ and Hulu.