It won't be long until Marvel rolls out its next small-screen project on Netflix. The Defenders will make its debut in August, but that won't be it for the superhero world that Netflix has built. According to a new report, Marvel's Runaways will also be set in the same universe as The Defenders and Netflix's other Marvel shows.
Thanks to Decider, entertainment junkies have been able to keep up with TCA 2017's announcements. The head of Marvel TV appeared at the event to plug Hulu's first Marvel series, and Jeph Loeb confirmed Runaways will live "in the same world as Netflix's Marvel shows."
Loeb was unable to comment on how Runaways will connect with all of Netflix's shows, but fans have their guesses. Many are hoping Runaways may include some cameos of heroes like Daredevil, but it seems unlikely Hulu will want to cross-promote Netflix's titles with its premiere series right off the bat. Instead, Runaways may just allude to the going-ons in Hell's Kitchen with easter eggs or through one-off comments.
Of course, the connection between Hulu and Netflix's Marvel worlds is now prompting MCU debates. After all, shows like Jessica Jones and Iron Fist have overtly referenced the cinematic universe's theatrical projects. Marvel's Runaways may also include a few references to the Avengers, so fans should be on the lookout for MCU nuggets when Hulu premieres the series later this year.
Runaways was created in 2003 for Marvel's now defunct Tsunami imprint. Intended to be a miniseries at first, Runaways proved popular enough for Marvel to turn it into a monthly series. Runaways helped earn Brian K. Vaughan an Eisner Award, and it was listed on the 2006 American Library Association's YALSA Top Ten Books for Young Adults list.
Vaughan departed the series in 2007. A series of other creative teams took over Runaways for a time including Avengers director Joss Whedon. Eventually the series ended with the characters being integrated into the larger Marvel universe. Victor Mancha, Ultron's son and a late edition to the team, became an Avenger while Nico Minoru became a member of A-Force.
You can read up on the show's synopsis below:
"Runaways follows a group of six teenagers in the Marvel universe - Nico Minoru, Karolina Dean, Molly Hayes, Chase Stein, Alex Wilder, and Gertrude Yorkes - who discover that their parents are secretly members of a supervillain cabal called The Pride. After deciding they're no longer safe in their own homes, the kids go on the run. In the midst of hiding from their elders, the teens learn about themselves and become a family of their own."
"Marvel's Runaways" is executive produced by series showrunners/writers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage ("THE O.C.," "GOSSIP GIRL") along with Marvel's Head of Television, Jeph Loeb ("Marvel's Luke Cage," "Marvel's Iron Fist") and Jim Chory ("Marvel's Daredevil," "Marvel's Jessica Jones.") Fake Empire's Lis Rowinski will produce as well. Marvel's Runaways is a co-production with ABC Signature Studios.