After dominating Netflix and ABC, Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is now expanding to Hulu. Deadline reports that a long-gestating adaptation of Runaways has been picked up by the streaming platform for a pilot and potential series order.
Writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Adrian Alphona created the Eisner Award-winning series in 2003. The team worked on the first two volumes of the series before it was taken over by a variety of creators including The Avengers director Joss Whedon and writer Kathryn Immonen. The story centers around a group of kids who discover that their parents are members of a supervillain cabal known as The Pride. They then go on the run — hence the title — and discover their own powers and identities as they struggle to become a family of their own.
Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will work with Marvel Television and ABC Signature on the live-action show. The pair will also write the show and serve as showrunners and executive producers. Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory will contribute as exec produce.
“We’ve known the Runaways’ story would make great television,” said Loeb, “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.”
Runaways was originally set to be a movie with casting taking place in 2010 aiming for a 2011 release. However, after the success of The Avengers, Marvel Studios chose to focus on their bigger guns for cinema.
The original six protagonists from the comic are Nico Mnoru, a witch who can cast spells with her staff; Karolina Dean, a solar-powered alien; Molly Hayes, a mutant with super-strength; Chase Stein, who steals flame-throwing gauntlets from his mad scientist parents; Alex Wilder, the son of a mafia boss who is a child prodigy; and Gertude Yorkes, who shares a telepathic link with a genetically engineered raptor named Old Lace that her time-traveling parents brought back from the 87th century.
Needless to say, it should make for quite a show.
Runaways join a stable of MCU TV shows including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher (all of which appear on Netflix) and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter on ABC.