Why Doesn’t Marvel Care About ‘Runaways’? The Hulu Series Deserved Better
The third season of the Hulu series Marvel’s Runaways was recently released in full on the streaming service. It also happens to be the final season of the superhero drama. So why did Marvel seemingly throw away what was previously a very well-received show? Let’s explore.
Marvel’s many TV ventures
There have been a lot of ups and downs when it comes to Marvel TV programming. Marvel tried out many different avenues, from the longest-running Agents of SHIELD on ABC (owned by Disney) to the Netflix universe featuring Daredevil and crew.
All of this was occurring as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continued to prosper. However, the two were kept separate. With Kevin Feige heads up the MCU, the TV arm of the company was led by Jeph Loeb, who has worked on past superhero series such as Smallville and Heroes.
Why was ‘Runaways’ special?
Back to Runaways. The series is unique from the others in a few ways. For one, it’s aimed at a younger audience, many of whom are familiar with the MCU but not necessarily as interested in the Netflix Marvel series. It’s also based on a lesser-known property, allowing viewers to have little or no knowledge of the comics when diving in.
But ultimately, Runaways is special because it was a very different kind of superhero TV series. Creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are responsible for teen dramas like The O.C. and Gossip Girl, bringing with them a different tone that still managed to fit into the superhero genre. This is something that many fans really connected with.
Everything that went wrong in Season 3
Sadly, Season 3 of Runaways failed to measure up to the previous ones. There are a number of reasons for this. For one thing, the season featured a very disjointed arc, thanks to the number of plots that were featured. Going from the aliens to the Dark Dimension to Morgan le Fay and her witches was a lot to cover in just ten episodes, and it felt hectic.
Another thing that was a bit frustrating was a lack of opportunity for the Runaways to use their powers. Nico was really the only one who consistently was able to learn and grow as a superhero. There was a brief moment where we thought Gert was going to get a new opportunity with Old Lace, but it was quickly pushed to the side.
Is there hope for a revival of ‘Runaways’?
The question on everyone’s mind now is: Could Runaways get a revival on another network. Typically, Hulu is where a show goes when it’s been canceled by a network. However, stranger things have happened — remember when Netflix canceled One Day At A Time and Pop TV picked it up?
Some fans think that, if there’s enough outcry, they could have a revival of Runaways at Disney+. The ending didn’t leave much room for a continuation, but then again, now that time travel is in the mix, there are way more possibilities. We’ll have to see if Feige and the crew at Marvel TV are willing to sink more money into the series.