Warning: Spoilers ahead for the Echo finale.
The Echo finale is now streaming on Disney+ and Hulu, and the series has concluded in a less-than-satisfying way. It’s been something of a bumpy four episodes to get to this point, but the finale is a largely disjointed and confusing mess that effectively squanders any hope of a coherent ending.
The disappointing themes in the finale are the same present throughout other episodes this season. There is a mountain of potential for this series, especially under the Marvel Spotlight banner and with its beautifully woven representation of the Choctaw people, but it consistently fails to lean into its most compelling elements. For better and worse, there are plenty of details to parse in this (entirely too short) finale, so let’s jump in with our Echo Finale recap.
Maya Lopez Forms a Bond With Her Ancestors in the ‘Echo’ Finale
The episode begins with a young Maya Lopez (Darnell Besaw) injuring a Biskinik bird with her slingshot. She brings it to her mother Taloa (Katarina Ziervogel) who uses her powers to heal it, reminding her that they do not harm other things. Back in the current day, Grandma Chula (Tantoo Cardinal) goes to visit Grandpa Skully’s (Graham Greene) pawn shop to recollect her sewing machine for an important job.
Grandma Chula heads back to work at the post office, where she bumps into Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). The two have a brief discussion about Maya (Alaqua Cox), with Chula completely unaware of whom she’s talking to. Meanwhile, Maya dispatches her fancy contact lenses and is on her way out of town when Biscuits (Cody Lightning) calls her and tells her Bonnie (Devery Jacobs) and Pokni didn’t show up to the powwow.
Maya heads home to find the spirit of her mother, the two reconnect, and she reminds her daughter that she isn’t alone — her ancestors are with her. She urges Maya to stay and use her power to fight for her home. She shows her daughter her new suit, crafted by her Grandmother with years of history sewn in. Festivities kick off at the powwow as Maya arrives just in time to help those closest to her.
Maya Dons Her New Mantle and Challenges Kingpin Once and for All
Back at the powwow, Uncle Henry (Chaske Spencer) warns Biscuits that things are about to get dangerous and recommends he take up arms if he has any. Biscuits drives his monster truck over the vans of Fisk’s minions, ensuring they can’t escape and wreak havoc. Uncle Henry shoots Fisk-minion Zane (Andrew Howard), who was attempting to launch an RPG into the powwow crowd.
Meanwhile, Maya and Kingpin meet face-to-face in a barn where he is holding Bonnie and Chula captive. The two get into a war of words, where Kingpin finally confesses to killing Maya’s father, William Lopez (Zahn McClarnon). Maya then infuses her family with the power of her ancestors, and they stand and fight against Fisk’s men. Maya uses her mother’s healing powers Kingpin demands Maya tell him what she did to him, and before she answers, he ups and leaves.
As quickly as the fighting begins, it’s over, and everything is back to normal at the Lopez household. The episode ends with the family spending time together, but it’s not the end of the season. A post-credits scene teases Kingpin’s future run for Mayor, which will likely lead directly into the events of the upcoming Daredevil: Born Again.
The ‘Echo’ Post-Credits Scene Alludes to an Exciting Future
Marvel has become very familiar with the post-credits scene over their history, but this one certainly raises some questions. It undeniably teases something very exciting for the future of the street-level MCU, but at what cost? If the whole point of Marvel Spotlight is to tell more focused, self-contained stories, using a post-credits scene to tease the future of another character besides Maya seems contradictory.
The looming changes to the Marvel TV department will likely render Echo a relic of a bygone era. With Marvel Studios shifting to focus more on long-form stories with multiple seasons of potential, the shorter miniseries format as seen in Echo is sure to be abandoned. Despite some structural bumps in the road, the series offers some beautiful representations of the Choctaw people and Marvel would be remiss to not bring them back in the future.
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- A few really touching moments between Maya and her family.
- The finale feels rushed to a fault, almost impossible to decipher what's happening.
- The editing is choppy and distracting.
- The story feels like it's missing at least an episode of content.
- Not enough time to appreciate all the moments they clearly want you to.