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Hulu cozies up to Marvel, starts working on a 'Runaways' series

Engadget Engadget 17/08/2016 Chris Velazco
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Netflix has been milking its relationship with Marvel with great success, churning out critically acclaimed -- and badass -- series like Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Now Hulu's getting in on the action, too. As first reported by Deadline, the streaming service inked a deal to turn Marvel's Runaways into a series co-written by (gulp) the folks who adapted Gossip Girl for television.

In case it's been a while since you wandered into a comic book store, Runaways tells the tale of teenagers who fled home after learning their parents are secretly supervillains. Well, that's how it starts, anyway. Presumably, the show will focus on the comic's original cast of six characters, but it's not unheard of for television series based on comics to go beyond the boundaries of the original work. Preacher, anyone?

Anyway. The superpowered setting gives showrunners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage plenty of room to get weird -- one of the six travels with a genetically modified Deinonychus, after all -- but we're expecting plenty of angst and millennial drama as the characters come to grips with their new lives on the lam. Frankly, though, it's about time Runaways got a proper adaptation. For a while there, it seemed as though a movie would be the first to bring Brian K. Vaughan's and Adrian Alphona's world to life, but talks on that front have long since fizzled.

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