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For those who can’t get enough of the MCU freight train, you’ve most likely hopped on board the Netflix bus of MCU shows, including Punisher, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. For those who didn’t want to pay the premium price, you’re most likely catching Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Inhumans, and the previously completed Agent Carter. Fox is also carrying the MCU banner with The Gifted and on it’s FX brand Legion, then we come to Hulu.
Runaways is a Hulu original, which premiered the week before Thanksgiving, 2017. The story about six young high-schoolers who go against their parents at first sound like a teen angst show, however when the parents are LA’s most influential, working for an ageless powerful mutant/alien, the plot seems to sound more appropriate to the genre.
Based on the comic book title under the same name, Runaways was first released in 2003. Created by X-Men writer Brian K. Vaughn and artist Adrian Alphona, the original comic ran for 18 issues before ending, then coming back in 2005, until finally ending in 2009. In the original story line, the parents were part of a crime syndicate called The Pride, whereas in the show, The Pride does exist, but as the public face of a charity organization hiding its shadowy dealings, headed by previously mentioned alien/mutant.
Unlike many poorly scripted shows that attempt to cash in on the current super hero boon, Runaways gave greater depth to the majority of their characters, making the show not just about the special effects, but also about the kids and their relationships: both with their parents and with each other. Although episode 1 (Reunion) initially plays like some 90’s teen movie, the show soon takes an almost Goonies like spin by episode 5 (Kingdom).
Although Brian K. Vaughn’s original vision of the comic was to be a six episode run, the cliff-hanger that we’re left with by episode 10 (Hostile) make us wish for more.