TVMarvel Is Finally Bringing Runaways to the Screen
The 2003 comic book is one of the best ideas ever published by Marvel.
Superhero adaptations are becoming a bit excessive—there's a new one popping up somewhere else every day. They are obtrusive and buzzy and kind of unavoidable now, popping up hither and yon and demanding your attention for at least a moment, like expensive corporate sponsored prairie dogs. Marvel, in particular, has been downright Oprah-esque in their generosity lately, handing out television shows to every network who wants one: There's an X-Men spinoff show coming to FX, a Cloak and Dagger teen romance show headed to Freeform, and let's not forget all those Netflix shows.
So, asking you to get excited about another Marvel thing may seem like a lot, we realize. And yet, believe it or not, there is an exciting Marvel project coming to a new network—the fan-favorite series Runaways, created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, is on its way to becoming a Hulu TV series. This is incredible news, because Runaways might be one of the best things Marvel has ever greenlit.
Runaways is a story about a bunch of kids who discover their parents are all supervillains, and decide to run away together and find a way to turn their folks in. It's a premise so simple and powerful it makes you wonder how come you've never seen anything like it before: Of course that makes sense. Every kid, at one point or another, thinks their parents are the supervillains of their lives. So what if they actually were?
It's hard to overstate how universally beloved Runaways was by comics readers at the time it came out. Comics like Uncanny X-Men or The New Teen Titans were wildly popular back in the '80s because they were grand, epic superhero stories that were also soap operas starring angsty teens and misfits, and they spoke to a young adolescent readership. Runaways is like that, but for millennials in the early aughts. Its teens feel like real teens, and they are funny and angsty and sincere and scared and just weird enough. (One of the characters has a pet velociraptor, and another has no powers but giant freaking gauntlets that he can't take off.) Its dialogue popped, its art was clean and colorful, and its twists and turns were firmly rooted in character. Like the Amblin-era '80s films that inspired Stranger Things, it was equal parts of a moment and timeless; the perfect first comic for newcomers and a breath of fresh air for aficionados. All of these things, many fans also believe, would make for perfect television.
According to a report from Deadline, the show is in the hands of Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, two writer/producers that co-created Gossip Girl. (Also relevant: Schwartz created the teen drama The O.C.) While those shows might fall outside of your usual binge-watching proclivities, Schwartz and Savage have the kind of teen soap credentials a show like Runaways would probably benefit from, making the show just as an addictive pleasure as the comic. Which you should still check out, by the way.