Actress: Alaqua Cox
When a company tries something new, the experiment will always be under the microscope. Its success (or lack thereof) can determine whether or not there’s a future in its plans. Iron Man, Spider-Man (the first trilogy), and Batman (1989) are examples of this. The same can be said for Echo.
Echo was the first project Marvel Studios produced that was rated TV-MA show. On top of that, it was the first to premiere on both Hulu and Disney Plus. That’s enough pressure for anyone, but it doesn’t end there. Maya Lopez (Echo) isn’t a well-known character. Her debut in Hawkeye was great, but was that enough for her to lead something new? And this was Alaqua Cox’s first starring role as a performer. The deck was stacked against her. In defiance of all of that, Echo is succeeding.
To some, it may seem early to add Echo to this list. Nevertheless, she has to be mentioned. It was a bold move using this character and actress to lead the way. This showed faith in Alaqua Cox and the entire creative team. A 71% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and 6.6 out of 10 on IMDb is something the crew should be proud of. They took a little-known Marvel Comics character, put her in front of the world, and succeeded in making a fantastic limited series.