Marvel has continued to surge into the realm of TV surprisingly well over the past few years, not only with Agents of S.H.I.EL.D. and Agent Carter, but specifically with their shows on Netflix, like Daredevil and Jessica Jones both emerging as some of the most critically-acclaimed adaptations to come out of the comic book genre. Film or otherwise.
However, it looks like Marvel is finally going to be bringing one of their fan-favorite cult comic book series to life on the small screen, with a streaming service once again.
Deadline is reporting that Marvel and Hulu will be creating and releasing a brand new series based on Runaways, the comic book series from Brian K. Vaughan that was a part of Marvel’s now defunct Tsunami imprint. Josh Schwartz (Chuck, The O.C.) and Stephanie Savage will act as showrunners for the series as well as executive producing alongside Schwartz and Savage, Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.
Created in 2003 by Vaughan and artist Adrian Alphona, Runaways followed a group of six teenagers in the Marvel universe – Nico Minoru, Karolina Dean, Molly Hayes, Chase Stein, Alex Wilder, and Gertrude Yorkes – who discover that their parents are all secret members of a supervillain organization known as The Pride. In response to the discovery, the six teenagers run away from their homes and begin to develop as their very own family.
The title was originally intended to only be a miniseries, but became popular enough that Marvel turned it into a monthly ongoing series, that even after Vaughan departed in 2007, was taken over by other notable creative names, including Joss Whedon at one point.
Runaways has been a title that fans have been hoping would get a film or television adaptation for Marvel for several years now, and after some of their more obscure characters like Jessica Jones proved to be excellent subjects for the small screen, I imagine the confidence was finally there to attempt a Runaways series. Schwartz has a long and successful career in the television field as well, and I look forward to seeing what he and Savage bring to the series, which has emerged over the years as one of Marvel’s most beloved, cult titles.
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