Marvel's Runaways show up on Alex's doorstep

Runaway hit

 

Like it did with The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu dropped the first three episodes of Marvel’s Runaways at once, to get us hooked, and are now releasing episodes week by week. But I was hooked from the very first press release. All they had to say was “Hey, Runaways is now a TV show” and I was in, no questions asked. The first three episodes serve as a solid introduction to both our naive teens and our villainous parents.

First of all, this is different to the Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona comics. Sure, it has the same characters and main plot points, but Runaways the TV show is more a product of its creator team, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (The O.C, Gossip Girl).

From left: Karolina Dean (Virginia Gardner), Nico Minoru (Lyrica Okano), Alex Wilder (Rhenzy Feliz), Chase Stein (Gregg Sulkin), Gert Yorkes (Ariela Barer) and Molly Hernandez (Allegra Acosta), shown.
The Runaways gang discover “some Narnia shit”. Karolina Dean (Virginia Gardner), Nico Minoru (Lyrica Okano), Alex Wilder (Rhenzy Feliz), Chase Stein (Gregg Sulkin), Gert Yorkes (Ariela Barer) and Molly Hernandez (Allegra Acosta).

So far it’s more teen-drama than superhero show. We’ve seen mystical weirdness and hints at powers but for now, at least, it’s just a side plate to the main meal. As for the tone, there’s only nods to Vaughan’s well known comedic banter. It’s more self-serious but it still has heart. And the parents get a much larger role than in the comics.

It’s interesting that Brian K. Vaughan is only serving as an “Executive Consultant” here, but with what happened with Under The Dome I can understand his reluctance. Besides, he’s busy enough as it is with Saga and the dozen other comics he’s working on. Oh, and in 2008 he tried to get it made into a Marvel film, but then The Avengers became a bit of a thing.

The parents in Marvel's Runaways
The parents take part in a cheese and wine and sacrifice Pride meeting; Stacey Yorkes (Brigid Brannagh), Dale Yorkes (Kevin Weisman), Victor Stein (James Marsters), Geoffrey Wilder (Ryan Sands), Janet Stein (Ever Carradine), Catherine Wilder (Angel Parker), Leslie Dean (Annie Wersching), Robert Minoru (James Yaegashi), Tina Minoru (Brittany Ishibashi). Not pictured: Frank Dean (Kip Pardue).

It’s a lot slower moving as well. By the end of the three episodes, our kids still haven’t “run away”. I’m wondering how much the show will change once they do. They do have to run away at some point right? It’s in the name of the show! There are a lot of characters to follow; six kids and ten parents. So perhaps it’s a good thing the plot is taking its time while we get to know our main players.

So far this is better than anything Netflix has put out Marvel-wise. Please don’t fall into the same traps!

Show
Marvel’s Runaways: Season One
Network
Hulu
Release Date
21 November 2017
Episodes
S01E01 “Reunion”, S01E02 “Rewind”, S01E03 “Destiny”