Marvel’s first MA rated show ‘Echo’ unveils gritty trailer with violent female lead

Echo Trailer
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Marvel’s highly anticipated MA-rated series has unveiled its first trailer, showcasing a dark and gritty tone reminiscent of the beloved series ‘Daredevil’. Marvel seems to be delving into a more mature realm with this edgy show, prominently featuring Vincent D’Onofrio’s return as Wilson Fisk, the formidable Kingpin, alongside ‘Daredevil’ star Charlie Cox.

Leading the series is Alaqua Cox in the role of Maya Lopez/Echo, whom we last saw in ‘Hawkeye’ as a Deaf gang leader on the hunt for Clint Barton. The series will debut on Hulu and Disney+ on January 10, 2024.

Marvel Studios' Echo | Official Trailer | Disney+ and Hulu

‘It’s a little on the grittier side for Marvel’

The first trailer doesn’t hold back on violence, with Fisk involved in violent brawls, brutal assaults, and gun battles. Meanwhile, Maya is showcased in intense hand-to-hand combat and gunfights. 

“It’s a little on the grittier side for Marvel, and shows the breadth of what Marvel is capable of,” said Brad Winderbaum, the studio’s head of streaming, television and animation, as per The Hollywood Reporter. “It is sort of a new direction for the brand, especially for Disney+.”

‘Echo’ has hints of ‘Daredevil’ and ‘John Wick’

Director Sydney Freeland emphasized that the show has a darker tone because it follows a villain as the protagonist. “People on our show — they bleed. They die. They get killed and there are real-world consequences,” Freeland remarked, as per IGN.

The show arguably looks different from the traditional Marvel tone, drawing comparisons to the grittiness of ‘Daredevil,’ and the action-packed intensity of ‘John Wick.’

‘Echo’ represents an Indigenous character who is deaf

The show centers around an Indigenous Deaf character who uses ASL for communication. Freeland and her team prioritized authentic representation with Freeland, taking her department heads to the Choctaw Pow Wow in Oklahoma for inspiration. Her team also received ASL lessons.

“I needed to have some basic language where I could talk to [Cox] and look her in the eye and say, ‘That was nice! Again! More emotional.’ Just some basic words for her,” Freeland said, as per THR.