Every project has a production or filming time frame. Despite having deadlines to complete their work, showrunners, head writers, and other staff need ample time to do what they think they need to in order to produce quality work. Marvel Studios is the home of noteworthy superhero movies and TV shows; nonetheless, it’s still impossible for the company to hurry production to their advantage, which is what happened in the MCU’s Echo.
Speaking to the podcast The Writer's Panel via The Cosmic Circus, head writer Marion Dayre came clean about Echo's chaotic production process that caused the big delay in the show's release date. She stated that she would have done things differently if she hadn't had to deal with Marvel Studios' required deadline.
“It was really about finding a process in the moment that allowed me to get to some deadlines and, you know, be a little more flexible than I would have been if, you know, if I had all the time in the world I would have done it a little bit differently.” she reasoned.
The delay of Echo was first announced by the showrunner on the podcast The Writers Panel in December, when host Ben Blacker asked her when the show's premiere date would be. "This [the podcast] comes out in a week or two," Blacker said. "When does Echo premiere?" Dayre then replied, "That will be probably a year from when this comes out."
Fans were surprised given that the spin-off was already confirmed before Hawkeye even premiered and was slated for a summer 2023 release, but all that is history now. Echo is an upcoming Hawkeye spinoff series that will star deaf actress Alaqua Cox as her character Maya Lopez. She will be joined by Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil and Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin.
In July 2022, VFX artists spoke out about how Marvel Studios is "horrible" to work for, some noting that it’s a toxic work relationship. Former VFX artist Dhruv Govil took to Twitter to talk about his experiences working on Marvel projects. “Working on #Marvel shows are what pushed me to leave the VFX industry. They're a horrible client, and I've seen way too many colleagues break down after being overworked, while Marvel tightens the purse strings.” he revealed. See other VFX artists' tweets here.
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Echo is delayed until late 2023 to Early 2024.