‘Echo’ First Reactions and Social Reviews

Echo, the first release under the new Marvel Studios Spotlight banner, premieres tomorrow, January 9th, with all five episodes dropping at once on Disney+. The Echo reviews have started trickling out from critics and more. The story follows Maya Lopez (played by Alaqua Cox) as she leaves New York with Kingpin aka Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) on her heels. It’s a story about family and legacy and full of mature violence (akin to the Netflix Daredevil show) and so much more. Echo has also been described as a grittier crime story, unlike The Brothers Sun on Netflix. It stars Chaske SpencerGraham GreeneTantoo CardinalDevery JacobsZahn McClarnonCody Lightning, and, yes, Charlie Cox

Maya Lopez made her first on-screen appearance opposite Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) in the titular Disney+ series about Hawkeye and Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld. She’s got quite the comic history (with a first appearance in Daredevil #9, but the character was quite mysterious to people unaware of her comic origins. Hawkeye revealed that Maya Lopez was of Choctaw ancestry and the leader of The Tracksuit Mafia (Trust a Bro!). Her dad, William Lopez (Zahn McClarnon), was killed by a brutal avenging (but not avenger) ninja-like character named Ronin, and she was adopted by Kingpin. The deadly dance between Lopez and Barton ended with some pretty huge emotional moments, and the Echo reviews hint that these identity issues get explored in the new series. 

Online chatter ahead of Echo

Because it’s a Marvel project, there’s been a lot of online chatter and anticipation ahead of Echo’s release. That extended to the moment the project was announced (way back in November 2021) all throughout filming in Georgia and right up to the announcement of Marvel’s Spotlight banner. Spotlight is reportedly a place to bring more “grounded” stories to the screen, and from all of the trailers and promo leading up to the series release, Marvel has certainly promised more grounded fare. 

The Echo reviews from critics are in

Echo had a special premiere tonight at an exclusive invite-only event in Los Angeles, but critics got three episodes early in advance of the full show release. The embargo is up, and the social verdict is in on Echo. Full series Echo reviews won’t be available until tomorrow, but reactions from X and other platforms definitely give an exciting sense of what to expect from the first installment from Marvel Spotlight.

Ron Seoul-Oh said it fits right into the Daredevil/Kingpin universe:

Michael Lee said it had some “choppy pacing” but tells a “ferocious character driven story that’s gritty and violent.”

Lee added that Echo is an excellent gateway for Daredevil/Echo to be properly introduced into the MCU:

Ashley Saunders said that Echo had “gritty street level chaos.” and that she can’t wait to see what happens next.

Kit Stone said Echo offers “a thrilling exploration of Maya Lopez’s background” and she’s “curious how they’ll conclude it in such a short amount of time.”

Matthew Simpson was more mixed on Echo, and said it belonged to the “darker, more violent side of the MCU” but that it also didn’t get away from the structural and pacing issues that have plagued the MCU shows:

Zach Perilstein of The Boardwalk Times said that Echo was “a bit chaotic at times and unexpected as well.”

Leo Rydel said it was “an action-packed, gritty good time” but echoed the sentiment of others and said “the pacing feels rushed.”

Learn more in Rydel’s YouTube post with reactions.

Shahbaz Siddiqui from The Movie Podcast said Echo was “a story rooted in its Indigenous heritage” and “carried by the powerful performances of Alaqua Cox & Vincent D’Onofrio.”:

Are you excited about Echo? What do you think of the critical reaction to the series? Do the Echo reviews make you want to check it out? Join the conversation by leaving a comment below or connecting with us on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter @MoviesWeTexted.

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