Although Marvel has enjoyed success on both the big screen and TV, with thanks to Iron Man, Thor, The Avengers, Jessica Jones and Daredevil to name but a few, some of its other intellectual properties haven’t been as easy to project to a wider audience. However, Marvel now seems to be taking a different route with its lesser known Runaways by agreeing terms with streaming service Hulu.
Created by Brian K. Vaughn and artist Adrian Alphona, the comic book series follows the exploits of a group of teenagers who are shocked to discover that their parents are all notorious criminals and supervillains. Disgusted by their parents actions, the group steal an array of weapons (and a dinosaur) to strike out at their parents misdemeanours.
This isn’t the first time Marvel has approached the Runaways series, with a planned big screen adaptation helmed by Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce working on a number of drafts which failed to please the powers that be.
Marvel seems to have a clear idea what they want from the possible series, by signing up veteran show producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, The O.C.), with Marvel TV executive Jeph Loeb going on record as to say; “We’ve known the Runaways story would make great 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.”
Although Hulu isn’t available in Ireland and the UK, it is expected that Amazon Prime will pick up the series for viewers this side of the Atlantic.