Let’s enter into the World of “Marvel’s Runaways.”
In August of 2016, “Marvel’s Runaways” was announced by Hulu and Marvel Television. Not long after the first trailer was released and it was received mostly with positive feedback. On the 21st November 2017 the first three episodes were released, new episodes being released every Tuesday.
The show is based on a Marvel superhero team of the same name, created by Brian K.Vaughan and Adrian Alphona in 2003.
This article will give you a short insight into the plot and characters of this new show.
Firstly, the summary of Runaways:
The six teenagers Alex, Niko, Chase, Alison, Gert, and Molly all live their daily lives. Until two years ago, they were best friends, but the tragic suicide of Niko’s sister Amy separated the group. Now Alex tries to get the team back together. Just as he finally gets them to meet at his house, their evening turns out different than expected when they discover a secret basement where all of their parents are having a mysterious meeting of their charity group“The Pride”, where they are seem to kill an innocent girl. Confused and terrified the teenagers make plans to reveal the actions of their parents.
And now let me introduce the Runaways:
Alex Wilder, played by Rhenzy Feliz, is the son of a prosperous lawyer and a criminal turned businessman. He is a nerdy boy, who likes to play video games. The dead Amy Minoru was his best friend, and since the tragic incident, he spends most of his time alone.
Niko Minoru, played by Lyrica Okano, is the daughter of ruthless innovators. She is the little sister of Amy and has discovered the gothic lifestyle to hide her pain and grief. Niko doesn’t believe her sister committed suicide and suspects she was murdered. After finding a magical staff in her mother’s office, she wonders if her family has yet another big secret.
Chase Stein, played by Gregg Sulkin, is the son of a brilliant inventor. Before the group separated, he was an intelligent child who loved thinking about impossible creations. Over the last two years, he has become a jock on the lacrosse team. He lifts weights both to
improve his sports skills and also to stand up against his abusive father.
Gert Yorkes, played by Ariela Barer, is the daughter of two bioengineers. She calls herself a justice warrior and starts a club to empower women. She is good in school and eager to help
others, especially Chase. When looking for evidence of illegal activity in her house, she suspects something weird is going on underneath her home.
Alison Dean, played by Virginia Gardner, is the daughter of the leader of a religious cult called “The Church of Gibborim”. She is the Millennium face of this church but has the desire to rebel against her good girl image. At a party, she discovers she might be much more than human.
Molly Hernandez, played by Allegra Acosta, is the youngest member of the Runaways and lives with Gert’s family. Her parents died in an accident when she was young. She has a positive attitude and seems to have superhuman strength that only comes out when she is in
Officially the show is set in the same universe as all Netflix Marvel shows as well as “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, but until now nothing from these series has been referenced in any way.
The first episode introduces the main characters perfectly without merely stating facts about them. It sets up the plot nicely and also ends on a note that makes you want to know what might happen next.
The show is beautifully shot and looks very aesthetic. It has elements from many different genres: coming-of-age, drama, mystery, science fiction and many more. The Runaways have
to deal with matters of life and death, while also tackling social media chatter, cliques, and crushes.
The parents all seem like real people, just as their children and all have different attitudes and motives, better to the way it was presented in the source material. Especially Alison’s mothers, portrayed by Annie Wersching, and Chase’s father, played by James
Marsters, have promising backstories. As the episodes go on, the drama inside “The Pride” and the relationships between the children and parents is explored.
The performances are all excellent. The young actors, who are all already in their twenties, do a good job portraying high school students. The music doesn’t particularly stand out, but
blends in well with the editing and atmosphere.
At this moment only six episodes have been released, but from these 300 minutes, the immense potential and good quality of this show are apparent. As of today, Marvel’s Runaways has not been canceled nor renewed for a second season.
I will continue watching “Marvel’s Runaways” and you should too if you like teen dramas with some mystery and conspiracy elements.
Rating for the Episodes 1-6 of “Marvel’s Runaways”: 8,5/10