Setting a New Standard for Inclusion in Casting: Marvel’s Echo

by Mar 25, 2024

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Have you watched the latest Marvel series, “Echo,” on Disney+? If you haven’t, you should. It’s a groundbreaking series that sets a new standard for inclusive casting and showcases the transformative power of inclusive recruitment.


Actress Alaqua Cox, who plays the title role, recently shed light on the inclusive practices adopted during the production. Alaqua is Deaf, and her experience on set reflects a commitment to inclusion and authenticity not often seen in many industries, especially entertainment.

Here’s how it happened:

  • Dedicated support: Alaqua had access to a Deaf ASL consultant, acting coach, and personal trainer, ensuring her comfort and enriching the storytelling.
  • A culture of inclusivity: The entire cast and crew participated in ASL classes, fostering a welcoming and supportive environment for Alaqua.
  • Multiple interpreters: The presence of several interpreters on set ensured all production team members could actively participate in the creative process.
  • Authenticity beyond the script: Deaf writers and consultants played a vital role in injecting authenticity into every aspect of the production.

By prioritizing diverse voices and experiences, “Echo” enriched the story and delivered a richer, more nuanced narrative that resonates with a wider audience. It also serves as a testament to the potential of inclusive recruitment to drive meaningful change in an industry.

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Andrew D. Houghton

Andrew D. Houghton

President, Disability Inclusion Solutions

Nationally Recognized Accessibility Expert. Creating Innovative Disability Inclusion Solutions. Certified DOBE.

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