Hawkeye spin-off series, Echo, which ended its run on Disney Plus and Hulu with all five episodes at once on Jan. 9, has now gotten a documentary offering a behind-the-scenes look at the gritty crime-drama, action, superhero live-action series of the same name streaming now on Disney+ as part of the Marvel Studios: Assembled banner.
The documentary entitled Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Echo gives more insight behind what have been the lengths taken in order to bring the eponymous assassin of the infamous crime lord, Wilson Fisk, better known in Marvel as The Kingpin.
Echo sees Alaqua Cox reprise her role as Maya Lopez/Echo, a former gang leader of the Tracksuit Mafia who was under the employ of Fisk, who after attempting to murder her guardian once she discovered he was behind her biological father’s death, fled to her hometown of Tamaha, OK within Haskell County to escape being hunted by her traitors where her Chocktaw roots dwell. Lopez must reconnect with her Native American heritage and learn to embrace family and community while navigating against those from her criminal past who seek her for their agenda.
Currently sitting at a 71% certified fresh rating against a 61% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, the consensus is the series is a refreshing outing under Marvel’s Phase Five that was disgruntled by its fragmented fourth phase of the MCU. Many praised its gritty and street-level tone, cultural and historical perspective, and Cox’s performance, but felt the pacing was slow and the storyline to be uninspiring.
Personally, I felt the direction, while focused and told what it needed to tell, a more creative use of ASL would have unified audiences, better fight choreography for match on action (cinematography) and stronger violence which is (comparably tame) to Netflix’s Daredevil.
Echo stars Alaqua Cox, Chaske Spencer, Tantoo Cardinal, Charlie Cox, Devery Jacobs, Cody Lightning, Graham Greene, Zahn McClarnon, and Vincent D’Onofrio.
Marion Dayre and Amy Rardin serve as showrunners, Josh Feldman, Steven P. Judd, Ken Kristensen, Rebecca Roanhorse, Bobby Wilson, Ellen Morton, Jason Gavin, Shoshannah Stern, and Chantelle Wells are writing the series. Sydney Freeland and Catriona McKenzie are directing.
Dayre, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Stephen Broussard, Richie Palmer, and Gavin are credited as executive producers. Rardin, Freeland, Christina King, and Jennifer Booth are co-executive producers. Marvel Studios produced the series under Marvel Spotlight for Disney+ and Hulu.
Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Echo and all episodes of Echo are available on both Disney+ and Hulu.