Marvel fans have two series to look forward to this fall via Disney+.
It was announced on Tuesday afternoon, as part of Disney’s Upfront presentation, that Loki Season 2 will premiere Friday, Oct, 6, while the Hawkeye spinoff Echo will debut Wednesday, Nov. 29.
The wrinkle is that — in a first for one of Disney+’s Marvel series — Echo will get a binge release, with all episodes dropping at once.
Loki Season 2 will pick up after the events of the MCU series’ Season 1 finale, in which Sylvie (played by Sophia Di Martino) sent the universe into chaos by stabbing He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors) — the Kang variant who created the TVA to protect the Sacred Timeline — in the heart. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) as a result was transported to the TVA HQ of an alternate timeline in which he and Sylvie never teamed up.
The entire Loki Season 1 cast will be back, including Owen Wilson (as Mobius), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Renslayer), Wunmi Mosaku (Hunter B-15) and Tara Strong (voicing Miss Minutes). Additionally, Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All at Once) and Rafael Casal (Blindspotting) will fill new Season 2 roles.
Echo, meanwhile, tells the origin story of Maya Lopez aka “Echo” (played again by Hawkeye‘s Alaqua Cox), whose ruthless behavior in New York City catches up to the ex-Tracksuit Mafia leader in her hometown. In the standalone series, Maya 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.”
The confirmed cast also includes Vincent D’Onofrio (as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin), Chaske Spencer, Tantoo Cardinal, Devery Jacobs, Cody Lightning, Graham Greene and Zahn McClarnon.
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I think releasing Echo so that it can be binged is a smart idea. Aside from people that put on a show and let it autoplay throughout the day while they listen, it will also be an opportunity for those that weren’t interested in the series or the character. Instead of waiting week to week, those folks can see the entire series from start to finish. If it’s good, that could build the buzz Disney+ needs to reel in more viewers to the show.
Respectfully disagree. A binge model forces all the surprises to be dropped at once. You dominate one news cycle and then get tossed into the trash heap of yesterday’s news. If you don’t have enough time to binge it all and you don’t want to be spoiled, good luck. If a series is good, it builds an audience through those many moments. Example: Succession
I appreciate that binging works better for some people, but I don’t think a show typically benefits from it over the long term.
I definitely prefer weekly for most series. It’s hard to find the time to binge and keep up with not being spoiled. Weekly is easier to find an hour here and there.
I meant to add that Echo is not that well-known of a character so I can see why it might be an exception, but I would expect Daredevil and others to be weekly.
I used to be very much pro-binge until The Boys changed (which they got a lot of flack for), I realised by binging previously I had missed a lot of nuance by watching loads of episodes in one go.
Found the same when I rewatched Daredevil and Jessica Jones before they left Netflix as well.
I agree but maybe they should do it a week earlier so that people can binge it over Thanksgiving weekend.
Unless Loki does a double premiere like Hawkeye the finale will release the same day as The Marvels.
I’d assume they have to put a squeeze on the schedule with these and the first 3rd of 2024 in order to release all their projects in chronological order without delaying any theatrical releases.
Not a good sign for Echo… shows they don’t have much faith in the project… the shows D+ has released at once were all ones they were burning off.
That’s my take away from the full season drop. It’s another one and done series (like most have been). This character was not well received in Hawkeye and they probably know/knew that, so let it make a blip that weekend and then move on from it.
As a frequent marvel watcher I love that their finally trying out this binge release model they once had with their mcu shows on Netflix I find it very weird that everyone is equating this to some type of loss in faith or lack of quality in the show as if the netflix shows aren’t mostly loved….I don’t get the fans trying to turn this moment into a L ….I for one can’t wait to be able to binge a d+ mcu series like this is a HUGE W in my eyes
Finally they’re starting to drop full seasons at once. Here’s hoping more and more shows start doing that!
Still wondering what the heck is gonna happen with Jonathan Majors. I’m not making any judgments on his case, I’m just curious since the outcome is very TBD and it’s a gamble for Disney to stand by him.
Disney hasn’t ‘stood by him’ at all as much as they haven’t rushed to judgement (because in case y’all forgot at one point they fired james gunn and had to undo that). They’re probably not saying anything because their next phase or two is BUILT around Kang….replacing the actor is monumental and they perhaps don’t want to blow up their plan if they don’t have to…
Why does it feel like Disney has lost all faith in Echo? Like I will admit it was not a series I wanted/asked for, but I am still curious and charmed by it. It just kinda feels like since they filmed and produced it, they just want to get it out there to get some profit back, but don’t really expect it to be a big smash hit. Kinda feels like the cable/network “summer burn off” slots to meet contractual obligations.
They’ve been announcing Echo for about 2 years now so I won’t hold my breath.