Even if you have never picked up a comic book, you are probably aware of how the Marvel Cinematic Universe is constantly expanding. Even if you live under a rock you are aware of the Marvel universe and some of the superheroes because, let’s be honest, it’s everywhere.
Now we can include yet another series expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Today Deadline announced that Hulu has ordered a pilot and additional scripts for Marvel’s Runaways. Hulu is reportedly eyeing a full season order for the new series.
The Runaways comics were created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. The story follows six teenagers who run away after discovering their parents are a league of super villains known as the Pride. The kids unite over a common foe and, in a cruel twist of fate, learn they have inherited their parents’ powers.
Fans who have been following the Marvel Cinematic Universe since The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man jump-started the now behemoth franchise might remember that there was actually talk of a Runaways movie. That’s right, initially phase one of the Avengers franchise included a film adaptation of the Runaways comics. However, the project took a permanent backseat to make room for more popular heroes like Captain America and Thor.
But now the project is getting a second chance at life as a series on Hulu. Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are responsible for adapting the comic for TV and will serve as the showrunners. “I’m a long-time fan of Runaways and couldn’t be more excited to bring Brian and Adrian’s characters to life,” said Schwartz. Savage added, “Josh and I can’t wait to get to work for Marvel and Hulu.”
Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb expressed his excitement for the upcoming project. “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.”
Schwartz and Savage will also executive produce the series with Loeb (Jessica Jones), Jim Chory (Daredevil) and Lis Rowinski.
No casting announcements have been made, but the series promises to boast a diverse cast.