The First Echo Trailer Teases Knuckle-Busting Street Fights

Marvel Studios’ Echo isn’t just another limited series about a vigilante. It’s about a budding villain, one who struggles with her troubled past and her relationship with her adoptive father.

Published on Nov 5, 2023

It was in 2021’s “Hawkeye” when we were introduced to Kate Bishop, alongside a reintroduction to one of the original Avengers — their hotshot sniper. Just two episodes in, however, an unexpected Marvel superhero stood out among the oddly “normal” cast — Alaqua Cox’s Maya Lopez. Her performance was so impressive, in fact, that it earned Cox her own Disney Plus series, “Echo.”

Marvel Studios’ “Echo” features a series of firsts: it’s their first series to be rated TV-MA, the first to have every episode dropped at once, and the first to be available on Disney Plus and Hulu simultaneously. It’s also the first to focus on a deaf, native American character. But that’s not even half of the surprises that the first trailer delivered.

“You have so much pain in you, so much rage, that you can’t contain it,” says the narration Kingpin, and his worlds more or less surmise the trailer. It begins as Fisk beats a man half to death, and what follows is a slugfest as Lopez, Wilson Fisk’s adoptive daughter, lets all hell loose upon thugs in her hometown in Oklahoma. It also involves a brief cameo from Charlie Cox’s Daredevil, which could be all we see of the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen in the near future since his upcoming show is undergoing a major production overhaul.

“Echo” features more bare-knuckle action, probably ritualistic with Marvel’s Netflix-produced shows like “Daredevil” and “The Punisher.” The show is about the “exploration of trauma” that keeps things grounded with street-level consequences, says director and executive producer Sydney Freeman.

Guns are a part of the action, of course, but it’s part of an increasingly rare batch of Marvel Studios productions that doesn’t fiddle with the continuum of space and time. As a story from Variety noted, the show will feature a largely Indigenous cast that ties Maya’s Choctaw heritage to the story. The director has also teased an Echo different from the comics in her abilities of martial arts mimicry.

The show’s simultaneous release on Hulu and Disney Plus could be an indication that more R- and MA-rated content could make its way to what has been the home of Marvel canon. “Echo” is releasing under the new Marvel Spotlight banner, which gives the streamer “a platform to bring more grounded, character-driven stories to the screen,” according to Marvel Studios’ head of streaming Brad Winderbaum. This means more gritty television as the studio prepares for its first R-rated theatrical release and more mature shows.

The show’s events follow those of “Hawkeye” and will presumably lead to, at least to some degree, the events of “Daredevil: Born Again” — where Charlie Cox is expected to be joined by Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk/Kingpin.

Echo’s five episodes premiere on Hulu and Disney Plus on January 10th.