It turns out Loki isn’t the only MCU character returning to Disney+ this year. In addition to the release date of the second season of Loki being announced, we’ve also got a date for the limited series Echo, which will premiere on Disney+ later this year on November 29.
Who is Echo?
Echo is a limited series that will focus on the character Maya Lopez, aka Echo, who was first introduced in the Hawkeye Disney+ series that came out in November 2021. As an enforcer for The Kingpin, Echo is a deaf Native American character who is an extremely skilled fighter.
We learn in Hawkeye, that Echo has a falling out with The Kingpin, aka Wilson Fisk, after discovering he was responsible for orchestrating her father’s death. However, Fisk doesn’t seem to be out of the picture just yet.
Actor Vincent D’Onofrio who played Wilson Fisk in the MCU is also credited as part of the cast for this series, suggesting that The Kingpin will be a part of the show in some form. It’s also worth noting that Charlie Cox is listed as part of the cast as well.
Cox played Daredevil for three seasons on the Netflix series Daredevil, before reprising the role in Spider-Man: No Way Home and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. It’s no surprise that Daredevil might be making an appearance in the show, as in the comics the characters of Echo and Daredevil are frequently linked.
It’s likely that Echo will also serve as a set up for the new Daredevil series, Daredevil: Born Again.
Marvel changes its release strategy
What’s unusual about the release of Echo though, is that Disney has announced they will be releasing the entire series at the same time, with all episodes of the show being available on the first day. This marks a drastic change in the streaming strategy for Disney+.
While uploading entire seasons of television at once to encourage binge watching a show is nothing new, for the Marvel shows on Disney+, the company has always opted to take the weekly release approach. Why Disney has decided to go in a different direction with this series hasn’t been made clear.
It’s possible that this might just be a one-off experiment for the company, testing out different approaches to see what works in the ever-changing landscape of streaming. Or this could be a signal that Marvel might be making a shift in their plans, with more full season drops coming in the future.
That is if Marvel likes what they see with the release of Echo.
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