Whisperings about the quality of the Hawkeye spin-off Echo starring Alaqua Cox have been around for months. However, a new rumor suggests that the show’s problems may be far deeper than fans first thought.
When it was announced that all episodes of Echo will unceremoniously drop on November 29, a practice no other Disney Plus show including its predecessor Hawkeye had done, Marvel fans began to worry that Kevin Feige was trying to rush the show out of the public eye. While it’s impossible to know what goes on inside the mind of Feige, The Hot Mic podcast co-host Jeff Sneider claims that he was incredibly unhappy with the project prior to reshoots, deeming it “inreleasable.”
“I heard the show was kind of plagued by issues throughout production,” Sneider reveals. “I heard that it was a mess, and that the show came in so bad that they basically had to reshoot the entire thing. I’m told that they originally shot 8 episodes, and [Kevin Feige] thought it was unreleasable, so they talked about cutting it down to 4 episodes, or 6 in post.”
Production problems and Kevin Feige’s distaste of prior cuts definitely explain the numerous delays that Echo has suffered through its production. While reshoots have the potential to fix the show’s issues, there’s no guarantee of improvement, with 2016’s Suicide Squad infamously getting worse following Warner Bros. interfering with reshoots. Only time will tell if reshoots will save Alaqua Cox’s Hawkeye spin-off, or if Marvel Studios was only stalling for time.
Where Echo lies within the MCU
Echo is set to debut on November 29, 2023 on Disney Plus, with every episode of the show releasing at once. This makes it the first MCU project on Disney Plus to follow the Netflix binge model of releasing all of the episodes on the same day.
Alaqua Cox’s Hawkeye spinoff series will be the tenth overall original Marvel Studios series for Disney Plus, and is one of two other live-action spinoffs from previous series that also includes the WandaVision spinoff, Agatha: Coven of Chaos.
Here is the official synopsis for the upcoming Hawkeye spinoff series, Echo:
“The origin story of Echo revisits Maya Lopez, whose ruthless behavior in New York City catches up with her in her hometown. She must face her past, reconnect with her Native American roots and embrace the meaning of family and community if she ever hopes to move forward.”
Serving as executive producers on Echo are Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Stephen Broussard, Richie Palmer, Marion Dayre, and Jason Gavin, while Amy Rardin, Sydney Freeland, Christina King, and Jennifer Booth will serve as co-executive producers.
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