Marvel’s Echo looks to continue, and, in many ways, revitalise the drudgery of Marvel-led Disney Plus-destined series. Noteably, the tv series will be one of the first to don the new Marvel Spotlight banner set to play at the head of the production as opposed to the typical Marvel ident.
It’s sleek, silver age cinematic form would dictate a more mature, film-centric approach for productions spearheaded under its banner. Or at the very least, is a visual way to begin to funnel particular productions in ducts that can later be sectioned off or incorporated into the Marvel fold. Theory. Don’t crucify me.
Hell, by Marvel’s own admission, the initiative is to “bring more grounded, character-driven stories to the screen”. You know, what film should, by nature, be striving to do. And such a statement would also connote that this is an arena Marvel has not quite ventured in to that this press statement signal to the entertainment world would be one worth making.
Marvel also spoke on the screening of the Echo series to the Chocktaw Nation, a prominent reference that is set to take centerstage in the Echo series’ narrative.
“It’s so exciting to be able to premiere Echo and it is extremely meaningful to myself to have this screening in Chocktaw Nation,” lead director Sydney Freeland said at a Q&A after the screening, according to Marvel. “One of the things we’re most excited about is being able to portray the Chocktaw culture hopefully in an authentic and exciting way.”
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This, of course, has remnants… echoes if you will… of Disney’s ‘authenticity’ surrounding the portrayal of Pocahontas and the Native Americans, and we all saw how that played out. Hopefully this goes some ways to creating a just homage without being wrecked by ill-formed narrative choices – be it disingenuous virtue signalling or Marvel continuity timeline multiverse mess.
In any case, no bad deed goes unpunished, at least when it comes to the Echo poster art tag line. Check it out: