Marvel has had an array of new series out, and with the forthcoming Cloak and Dagger they will have established themselves in the young adult programming, but Runaways their first teen series on Hulu by Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, set the tone for how the superhero boom affected teenagers.
I was a fan of the original Runaways comic series so I was immediately looking forward to the TV series, and the translation from page to screen was done so well that even the parts of the comic that was a bit skeptical about were rectified well in the series.
What’s it about?
Runaways tells the story of a group of teenagers – Alex Wilder (Rhenzy Feliz), Nico Minoru (Lyrica Okano), Karolina Dean (Virginia Gardner), Gert Yorkes (Ariela Barer), Chase Stein (Gregg Sulkin), and Molly Hernandez (Allegra Acosta) – who discover that their parents are actually supervillains, and join together to take down their parents.
Why should you watch it?
As I say in many of my recommendations, it often falls to one’s personal opinion as to whether or not one enjoys any particular show, and the thing that is a draw card for many viewers is that this is a not a superhero show about teenagers, it’s a teenage show featuring superpowers.
Yes, there are cool powers and technologies, but the show also tackles the various other struggles that teenagers face such as dating, social justice, religion, hormones, and most of all – parents. Whether one likes it or not, parents are the greatest influences in teenagers’ lives – if they are present or not – and the show depicts the shift when one realises that your parents aren’t perhaps as good as you think they are, just to one extreme.
One thing I love about the show’s interpretation in comparison to the comics, is that they make the parents into more three-dimensional characters. In the comics, the parents were straight evil villains who were disposed of quickly so that the remaining crew could carry on with their hijinks. But the show uses the asset that the parents are the stronger actors, and tell their stories, their motivations and the layers behind the situation that they are in, so that we understand the internal conflict that the ‘Runaways’ undergo when they choose whether or not to run away or fight their parents.
There are also a slew of adorable relationships – especially between Gert and Chase, and Karolina and Nico – and a sassy and daring script to keep you entertained.
If you are a fan of superheroes shows, then this is a yes. Runaways exists in the same universe as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and is the beginning of their new young adult entertainment on TV, which will be followed up by Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger on Freeform in June. If you are a fan of Gossip Girl and The O.C, then this is also a yes, from affairs, to school drama, there is enough mess to entertain everyone.
Marvel’s Runaways is available for streaming on Hulu in the US, and will be available to stream on Showmax in South Africa from 3 April.