Disney Plus’ Echo is a promising newcomer to the MCU, offering a refreshing take on the superhero genre with its diverse lead and gritty tone. Check out the details in my parents guide review.
Disney Plus’ Echo released its first three episodes of the series on Disney+ and HULU today, January 10, 2024. The new series stars Alaqua Cox (Maya Lopez), Chaske Spencer (Henry), Graham Greene (Skully), Tantoo Cardinal (Chula), Devery Jacobs (Bonnie), Cody Lightning (Biscuits), Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk), Andrew Howard (Zane), Zahn McClarnon (William Lopez), Charlie Cox (Daredevil), and Thomas E. Sullivan (Victor Tyson). Check out the details in my parents guide review.
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Disney Plus’ Echo Parents Guide
In Disney Plus’ Echo: After the events of Hawkeye, Echo follows Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox) from the streets of New York City back to her hometown of Tamaha, Oklahoma as she searches for a way to crush Wilson Fisk’s (D’Onofrio) powerful crime ring and remake it in her own image.
Disney Plus’ Echo Age Rating Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what concerned parents need to know about the age ratings of the series before letting their younger children watch Disney Plus’ Echo.
Language: Disney Plus’ Echo contains some strong language, with profanity used throughout. Stronger words include sh*t, a**, hell, d*mn, b*st*rd, and phrases like “Jesus Christ” and “d*mn it.”
Mature Content: The biggest lookout in the series, other than the stronger language, is the violent content. Like other superhero series of its kind, characters are shown in hand-to-hand combat, wielding weapons, guns, knives, and more. There are explosions, sunshots, murders, characters being shot and wounded, and characters being stabbed and shown dying from the stab wounds. There are some graphic scenes that show characters choking on blood and dying, and another scene that shows a graphically infected wound. A car crash that shows the bloody victims, and a cave collapse. While there is no sexual content, there are some scenes that show nude figures, but they are caked with a mud-like material that hides their genital areas. The series does not contain drug abuse or drug use.
Age Rating of the Series Echo: Marvel Studios Echo series rating has a TV-MA rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA ratings) for graphic violence, and coarse or crude language, and the parental guidelines advisory recommends it for mature audiences, an older audience, an adult audience, young viewers, young adults, little kids, older kids, and teens aged 17 years and older. The suggestion of parental guidance or a legal guardian (adult guardian) for this restricted TV-MA category is highly suggested for young children, teenage children, and young kids under 17 years of age in this TV-MA-rated motion picture for adult material. The minimum age recommendation is 17 years old.
**This review was given after the author viewed the first 3 episodes of the series.
Disney Plus’ Echo, the latest Marvel series, has garnered a range of reactions since its debut today. The series stars Maya Lopez, a deaf and Indigenous amputee heroine, brings fresh representation and a complex internal struggle to the MCU. Alaqua Cox shines as Maya, while established MCU veterans like Vincent D’Onofrio (Kingpin) and Charlie Cox (Daredevil) deliver their usual brilliance.
The series incorporates Maya’s deafness in innovative ways, using sound design and ASL to create immersive and emotional scenes. It is brutally choreographed and filmed, the fights showcase Maya’s skills and add thrilling intensity. Compared to other MCU fare, Echo offers a more grounded and character-driven experience.
Disney Plus’ Echo doesn’t come without its flaws. Some viewers may find the early episodes meandering, lacking a clear direction or momentum. The revenge narrative and predictable plot twists might feel uninspired to seasoned audiences. As a miniseries, Echo might feel like a side story rather than a significant event in the MCU.
Overall, Disney Plus’ Echo is a promising newcomer to the MCU, offering a refreshing take on the superhero genre with its diverse lead and gritty tone. While it stumbles with pacing and familiar plotlines, the compelling characters and innovative storytelling elements make it worth a watch