Marvel's 'Runaways' is Getting a TV Show—Here's Why We're Excited

Marvel's 'Runaways' is Getting a TV Show—Here's Why We're Excited

The brilliant minds behind two of television's biggest hits are bringing the cult superhero series to life for Hulu

The brilliant minds behind two of television's biggest hits are bringing the cult superhero series to life for Hulu

Text: William Defebaugh

1. Brian K. Vaughan's cult series has one of the best premises ever. It follows a group of teens who discover that their parents are part of an elite evil organization, prompting our heroes to run away from home and become superheroes. For any kid that comes from a broken home, it's a great metaphor and an empowering message that no matter where you come from or how you were raised, you can do incredible things.

2. The adaptation's show-runners and head writers are Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the television dream team who created our beloved Gossip Girl (Schwartz is also responsible for The O.C.!).

3. It will be executive produced by Marvel's Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, who we have to thank for Marvel's critically-acclaimed Netflix adaptations of Daredevil and Jessica Jones.

4. The series is among the most LGBTQ-inclusive in the graphic novel canon. One of the founding members of the Runaways team is a lesbian alien, another is a bisexual witch (think Dark Willow, but more sexy), and a love interest introduced later on in the series is a genderqueer shapeshifter.

5. One of the main characters has a pet raptor that does whatever she wants!

6. The storyline is full of dramatic twists, including time travel, and a shocking death of a major character (we're all for integrity, part of us selfishly hopes that this character sticks around a little longer in the television show!).

7. Another character, the youngest of the bunch, is a little girl named Molly with super strength and nerves of steel (hi, feminism and youth empowerment!). She is a total badass, and we really hope the show creators cast someone worthy of the role.

8. The graphic novel series was cancelled in 2009, leaving a teenage angst-shaped hole in our hearts ever since. Rumors of adaptations have been circling for years, but none have ever come to fruition—until now.

UP NEXT

Kanye West to Unveil Yeezy Season 4 on First Day of NYFW