There’s some bad news for Marvel Studios’ Disney+ series, Echo. The MCU show, which is set to launch next year, will star Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez, returning to play the role she took up in the original series Hawkeye last year. The series had originally been planned for a summer 2023 release, shortly after the second season of Loki when Marvel Studios announced their 2022 lineup at Comic-Con.
Talking about the latest episode of the Writers Panel podcast, Echo showrunner Marion Dayre stated that the show would debut in about a year, putting it towards the end of 2023. The podcast’s host, Ben Blacker expressed his shock at hearing the news, having thought it was within months of its release, saying, “This [the podcast] coming out in a week or two. When do it Echo premiere?” Dayre replied, “It’ll probably be a year from when this comes out.”
Dayre also spoke candidly about the process of working with Marvel, particularly as showrunner, describing the experience as something of a “crash course” in how to do things, saying:
“It was kind of a crash course, you know, because I came in as a Co-EP and changed… it changed a little bit, and so I didn’t start there at the ground level, but really enjoyed shifting and changing a process to working with deadlines. Like, “Better Call Saul” very much uses a brick-by-brick process where we essentially break each episode three times. You do a kind of general blanket break, and then we lay out some arcs, and then we go back in and brick by brick.”
Echo is already done shooting, so the reason for any delay will only be speculation at this point. Fans were able to get a first look at this series earlier this year, at the D23 Convention in Anaheim, which took place in September. The series is a direct continuation of the events in Hawkeyein which Maya/Echo – the first deaf character to lead a Marvel film or series – returns to her hometown to re-examine her Native American roots and reconnect with her family.
She will be joined by two Marvel stars. Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio will reprise their roles as Matt Murdock/Daredevil (his last appearance after cameos in Spider-Man: No Way Home and She-Hulk: Lawyer) and Wilson Fisk/Kingpin, who appeared as an antagonist at the end of Hawkeye. It was reported that Daredevil’s plotline would involve him trying to find a “former ally” said to be Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter).
Despite the delay, you can watch Alaqua Cox as Echo on Hawkeye, which is currently streaming on Disney+. The trailer for it is available below.