The past few months have been a rough time for fans of Marvel’s streaming series. This is almost entirely thanks to the cancellations of the bulk of their Netflix slate and the looming cancellations of the remaining shows, ‘Jessica Jones‘ and ‘The Punisher‘. While those last two haven’t officially been cancelled yet, viewers and pundits alike can see the writing on the wall. But while Netflix may be on the way out of the Marvel business, they are – thankfully – not the only game in town. Indeed, while Netflix has cancelled four Marvel shows over the past year (‘The Defenders’, ‘Iron Fist’, ‘Luke Cage’, and ‘Daredevil’), Hulu just added that many to its roster. And then, of course, there’s the one they already had.
‘Runaways’, based on the seminal Brian K. Vaughan/Adrian Alphona comic of the same name, premiered in November 2017. Since then, it has met with critical acclaim and a strong fan response, thanks in part to its handling of the comic’s cast but also for the often unexpected ways in which it deviates from the source material. While the first season of the teen superhero series (adapted for the screen by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage) took its time in establishing the characters and their relationships, both to each other and with their parents, the second season kicked things into gear as the Runaways actually, well, ran away.
But will they keep running? Speaking to Deadline at TCA press tour, Hulu content chief Craig Erwich didn’t yet have an answer to that question, but based on what he did say? It makes the odds sound good:
“We’re really happy with the performance of ‘Runaways’, both creatively and in terms of its performance, and we’ll have an announcement shortly.”
Erwich’s statement recalls this time last year. As the first season was concluding, no announcement had yet been made regarding its future. It was, however, in the air (and certainly in the rumor mill) that the show would be renewed. And sure enough, it wasn’t long before Hulu confirmed exactly that.
‘Runaways’ streams on Hulu, where the first season two seasons are now available in their entirety. The show stars Rhenzy Feliz, Lyirca Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, Allegra Acosta, James Marsters, Ryan Sands, Annie Wersching, Brittany Ishibashi, Julian McMahon, and Kevin Weisman.