The Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding again as Marvel Television is bringing Runaways to streaming service Hulu. This was a property that’s been in the pipeline for a while as a film, so it seemed that it was all but inevitable that it would make it to the big or small screen sooner rather than later.
The television show will be based on Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona‘s comic book series of the same name, about six teenagers who find out and run away from their parents — who turn out to be supervillains.
Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are the creative forces behind this series with Schwarts saying:
“I’m a long-time fan of Runaways and couldn’t be more excited to bring Brian and Adrian’s characters to life.”
His creative parter Savage added:
“Josh and I can’t wait to get to work for Marvel and Hulu.”
With those two behind the show, there is no doubt that this series will be targeted towards a younger demographic. Interestingly, this is the second series Marvel is creating this year which will be about teenagers. Back in April, the studio announced a live action Cloak and Dagger series for ABC’s newly minted Freeform network.
Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, thinks that the two showrunners are perfect for this property saying:
“We’ve known the Runaways’ story would make great television, and being lucky enough to have Josh and Stephanie — who have time and again created shows that speak so genuinely to this exact audience — write and produce the series is nothing short of remarkable.”
There are a few questions that linger in my mind, with the top one being will Runaways be part of the MCU? I expect it will be, along with Cloak and Dagger, but there’s no guarantee that will be the case. What’s interesting is that the MCU is becoming a bit fractured, with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, The Defenders and their solo series on Netflix, Cloak and Dagger on Freeform, and now Runaways on Hulu. By the way, that’s a big get for Hulu.
While all of these television series take place in the same universe crossovers can be trickier than you suspect. Odds are Cloak and Dagger will never meet the Runaways, while S.H.I.E.L.D. might never have to deal with the devil of Hell’s Kitchen.
There’s something about that which seems to squander the whole idea of the MCU where, in theory, anyone can meet anyone else. But even if they do find a way to cross these series over, I prefer if they do it after they’re established series. If anything, there might be subtle references, such as the one about ‘Battle of New York’ from The Avengers in Daredevil’s first season.
There’s currently no release date for Marvel’s Runaways.