Marvel’s ‘Runaways’ Coming to Hulu From ‘The OC,’ ‘Gossip Girl’ Team

Brian Linder
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It’s official! A TV adaptation of Marvel’s Runaways is coming to Hulu from The OC and Gossip Girl showrunners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.

Hulu ordered a pilot episode of Runaways from Schwartz and Savage’s Fake Empire Productions in August of last year. Today’s announcement of a full-season order means we should be seeing Runaways on Hulu in 2018.

What is Runaways?

Here’s your first look at the cast of Runaways from the Fake Empire team.

The Runaways comic, created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, follows a diverse group of young people, children of a secret criminal cabal known as The Pride, who reluctantly band together to form their own surrogate family and right the wrongs of their parents.

Schwartz and Savage will write and serve as showrunners. “I’m a long-time fan of Runaways and couldn’t be more excited to bring Brian and Adrian’s characters to life,” Schwartz told Deadline back in August.

The adaptation originated from an on-going conversation Schwartz and Savage had been having with Marvel TV, presumably about various properties ripe for adaptation.

Schwartz and Savage are the perfect showrunners.

Fans of The OC will know that the pair are an excellent match for Runaways, given their deftness in handling coming-of-age drama as well as superhero and comic book topics.

Schwartz created the Atomic County comic for The OC.

Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, said, “We’ve known the Runaways’ story would make great television, 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.”

Loeb will join the pair as an executive producer, while Daredevil‘s Jim Chory will produce alongside Lis Rowinski of Schwartz and Savage’s production company, Fake Empire.

Will Runaways be part of the MCU?

The big question on the minds of fans is, of course, whether or not Runaways will be a part of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. We don’t know that answer yet, but it’s certainly possible.

In the comic, the Runaways team has numerous ties to characters and events we’ve already seen in the MCU — a recent member of the team, Victor Mancha, is the android son of Ultron, for instance.

The Runaways have also crossed paths with Cloak and Dagger at times, another tie-in possibility with that series coming to ABC’s Freeform.

Yup, there's a dinosaur in the Runaways comics.

Fans will also be eager to learn how the show intends to handle Old Lace — yup, that’s a dinosaur — if at all.

We’ll keep following the show’s development here on FANDOM.

Find out more about the Runaways cast. 

Brian Linder
Brian is a Sr. Content Producer at FANDOM. He's been on the fan-media scene since dial-up. Arriving at FANDOM via IGN, Brian was a founding editor at early Star Wars fansite and co-created the movie site, FilmForce, acquired by IGN in 2006. He's a fan of space operas and superheroes.
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