The 4 Most Baffling Moments In ‘Marvel’s Runaways’ Season 3

Season 3 of Marvel’s Runaways was the final one. And, to some degree, we’re pleased about that, because it was the weakest season thus far. In fact, some aspects of it were downright confusing. Here’s a (very spoiler-heavy) look at the parts of the Hulu series we really didn’t get.

Xavian pretends to be Gert

'Marvel's Runaways' Episode 303:  Xavin (Clarissa Thibeaux)
‘Marvel’s Runaways’ Episode 303: Xavin (Clarissa Thibeaux) | Michael Desmond/Hulu

The first thing the Runaways have to deal with is saving Chase, Janet, and Karolina from the parents who have been taken over by alien beings (including Jonah, who is now in Victor Stein’s body). They quickly discover that they have three people, and presume them to be Chase, Karolina, and Gert, since she is also missing.

They come up with a plan to lure the aliens away by pretending that one of them is the alien brother they’re looking for. However, Xavian poses as Gert — who, at this time, the Runaways think may be held captive by the aliens. In the next scene, Alex and Nico discover Gert’s not there. This seems like it might be a writing or editing error, but who knows?

Janet becomes a computer virus

'Marvel's Runaways' Episode 303: Janet (Ever Carradine)
‘Marvel’s Runaways’ Episode 303: Janet (Ever Carradine) | Michael Desmond/Hulu

As opposed to the last note, which was obviously some kind of oversight, this one is very intentional. Janet sacrifices herself in order to make sure that Chase and Karolina get back to their own bodies safely. This leaves her trapped in the algorithm which — OK, is questionable either way, but we’ll let it slide.

But then they take it one step further. That could have been the end of Janet, and it would have been sad, but let’s be real: We wouldn’t have missed her that much. However, they decide to have her come back as a self-proclaimed computer virus. Basically she’s a sentient grouping of pixels who helps them in the challenges to come. This would have been forgivable if it was a nod to the comics, but sadly, it’s not.

Everything about Morgan

After the aliens are gone, Morgan le Fay becomes the big bad of Runaways Season 3. She’s a powerful witch who has some sort of sketchy past with Nico’s mom, and that’s about all we ever learn. While the Runaways are in the Dark Dimension, she takes over Wizard Technology.

We’re not going to details everything that happens with Morgan (but then again, we’re assuming you’ve seen all of that by now), but all of it is kind of a mess. From the uneven portrayal of Wicca to Elizabeth Hurley’s costume (which is honestly just an excuse to show off her breasts). Morgan le Fay is one of the more notable villains in Marvel Comics, and she deserved better.

Alex goes ‘bad’

Marvel's Runaways': Nico (Lyrica Okano) and Alex (Rhenzy Feliz)
‘Marvel’s Runaways’: Nico (Lyrica Okano) and Alex (Rhenzy Feliz) |Michael Desmond/Hulu

The overall problem with this season is just that it tries to do way too much. Each of the characters experiences changes, though you couldn’t really call them complete arcs. The Runaway who end up spending the least amount of time with his Alex, who has been featured prominently in the past, who this is kind of understandable.

What’s not clear is why they make him “bad” — twice. First, he’s taken over by the alien which, fine, that worked. Then, he gets trapped in the Dark Dimension, and after “killing” his mom while he’s there, he’s different when he comes back. But it’s never really explained why he became this way. And it looks like we’ll never know.