With the Defenders getting fleshed out on Netflix, Marvel Studios is turning to Hulu with their all new series, Runaways.
Fans of the Marvel comic book universe know of the Runaways, a group of super-powered kids who hit the road to get away from their super villain parents. And it’s a group of super-teens that fans have long wished would get a TV series of their own.
“We’ve known the Runaways’ story would make great television,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of 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.”
Along with executive producing and writing the series, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will serve as showrunners for Marvel’s Runaways.
Before there were the Runaways, there was a group called Pride that consisted of six couples who were chosen by a race of Elder Gods – the Gibborim – to help them create paradise on Earth. A paradise devoid of all humans, of course. In return, the Gibborim agreed to let six of the twelve members rule along side them once paradise is achieved. This obviously caused tension and fighting within pride, even while the Gibborim bestowed power and wealth on Pride. Every year, under the pretense of holding a charity fundraiser, Pride would ritually sacrifice a person to the Gibborim in what was called the Rite of Blood, whose spirit would be fed to the Gibborim in the Rite of Thunder.
Eventually, one of the members of Pride discovered she was pregnant, and Pride conceived a new plan that immediately halted their squabbling. Instead of fighting over who would be allowed into paradise, the six couples would each have a child, and those children would be the six humans spared by Gibborim and given their parents inheritance.
All was going as planned until seventeen years later, when during their fake charity drive, the children witnessed the Rite of Blood, and realized their parents were evil. While gathering evidence to use against their parents, the teens discovered a few surprises about themselves as well: mainly that they themselves also have abilities and powers. After learning that their children know the truth, Pride framed their children for the murder of the sacrifice victim as a way to get them back, but only succeeded in driving them further away.
The picture Marvel used in their announcement has the founding members of the group (starting on the top left and going clockwise):
- Karolina Dean (Lucy in the Sky), who’s actually an alien from the planet Majesdane with the ability to fly and manipulate solar energy.
- Alex Wilder, who has extraordinary intelligence that uses the Abstract, a book of Giborrim spells given to members of Pride.
- Chase Stein (Talkback), the oldest member of Runaways, Chase stole his father’s weapons while looking for evidence against him, the Fistigons and X-Ray Specs.
- Gertude Yorkes (Arsenic), who has a genetically engineered future dinosaur named Old Lace with which she shares a telepathic link.
- Molly Hayes (Bruiser), the youngest of the Runaways, Molly has superhuman strength and invulnerability.
- Nico Morinaru (Sister Grimm), a witch that uses blood magic to summon the Staff of One to cast spells.
With the exception of Spiderman, all of Marvel’s heroes and characters in the MCU are full fledged adults, and Runaways opens the door to bring in some much needed diversity. And not just with younger heroes: Alex and Nico both serve as team leader, a position we don’t often see PoC characters in in the MCU, and Karolina is a vocally self-proclaimed lesbian. And, depending on who Marvel decides to bring on the series, we could see Xavin, a genderfluid Skrull.
And one can also hope that, in the event that Runaways does well, it will open the door to other young characters and groups getting their own series. The Young Avengers is a team fans have been vocal wanting to see on Netflix, the Kamala Khan TV show rumor was met with enthusiasm, and fans just want Miles Morales to be in anything, please.
Slowly but surely, Marvel is working to make the cinematic universe as sprawling and diverse as the comics universe. And this is a great next step.
Are you folks excited for Marvel’s Runaways? Are you already fan-casting the show in your heads? Let us know!