Hulu can’t let Netflix be the only streaming service that has a piece of the delicious Marvel pie. Marvel Television will be bringing the fan-favorite Runaways to the air which is the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe – their parents. Turns out that the kids’ parents are in a supervillain group called The Pride. Once discovering this revelation the kids band together and run away.
I read the first two volumes of Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona because of its critical acclaim. It doesn’t disappoint in those early volumes and is a unique story within your more traditional superhero tropes. Obviously there’s a lot that’s said about family dynamics and what is ‘good’ and ‘bad’ and also what is acceptable in our society. The Runaways’ six main characters are black, white, Asian, nerdy, chubby, gothic, straight, gay, alien, robotic, and young. There’s also a pet velociraptor named Old Lace.
The youngest of the group, Molly, was always a favorite of mine. At 11 she has super strength and some of the series’ best one-liners which, more often than not, occur when misunderstanding the pubescent relationships of those older in the group. The news doesn’t list what characters are going to be included, but I hope it’s the original cast. Besides Old Lace I’m sure this could be challenging to produce considering Karolina is an alien with cool lightray powers, Niko is a witch with fancy spells, and Chase is kind of a doofus who stole his parents’ flamethrower gloves called the ‘Fistigons.’ All of that sounds expensive but AWESOME.
It’s been almost a decade since I’ve read the series and remembering these details has me genuinely hopeful that show-runners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (The O.C., Gossip Girl) can pull it off the right way. Hulu has stepped up the quality of their content and the overall site the past year. Just a couple of months ago I finally bit the bullet and signed up so I could watch The Mindy Project and have access to a lot of Criterion’s movie collection. With the addition of Runaways coming down the pipeline I’m happy about that choice.