Runaways is my favorite Marvel comic, and I have read it countless times. I post about it a lot. (Don’t believe me? Click here or here or here.) After being in development hell pretty much since the comic was released in 2003, the group of reluctant teenagers finally are hitting the small screen in a Hulu Original Series on November 21, 2017.
Runaways focuses on Chase Stein, Gert Yorkes, Alex Wilder, Karolina Dean, Nico Minoru and Molly Hayes (renamed Molly Hernandez for the show). These six kids (and a dinosaur) decide to take matters into their own newly super-powered hands after discovering what every teenager fears: their parents are a cabal of super-villains known as The Pride. To paraphrase the showrunner Josh Schwartz (of The O.C. fame), “Every kid thinks everything is life-or-death. In Runaways, it is.”
The show recently had a panel at TCA. Let’s take a look at some of the things we learned.
- A trailer was shown and the crowd went wild. No word on if it was one of the two trailers that leaked. (No, we won’t post them here.)
- Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb said that it’s in the same universe as the ABC shows, the Netflix shows, and the movies, but refused to say “#itsallconnected” because the show isn’t about “What Captain America is eating for lunch”.
- The cast was asked if later recruits such as Victor Mancha would join the team. No one said anything.
- Loeb said that it would respect the source material, but it would not be a shot-for-shot remake of the comics, as this would be a “disservice to fans of both mediums.”
- Expect a slower burn than the comics. The arc about the Runaways taking on The Pride only lasted 18 issues, but the show intends to explore the evil parents for much longer, with the parents taking on less of a background role.
- Episode #2 will be the events of episode #1, but told from the perspective of the parents instead of the kids. They weren’t kidding about fleshing them out!
- The cast of kids think Schwartz is “hesh”. I don’t know what that means either.
- Staying true to the comics, Gert Yorkes will be very social justice-driven, Alex Wilder will be loyal to his parents and Chase Stein will bond with the kids over the hatred of his.
- The Gibborim, the evil ancient gods that the Pride worship, were mentioned. No word on whether the giants will appear in the series.
- The show is said to be about how you shouldn’t trust people in power just because they’re in power. Sounds political.
Catch Runaways on Hulu on November 21st, and come back here for our recap written by yours truly.
Also, don’t forget to check out the new Runaways comic series by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka, coming this September!