‘Marvel’s Runaways’ Review: The Weirdest MCU Show To Date – Forbes

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Marvel’s Runaways

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With Runaways, Marvel Televisions is expanding just a little bit more in the TV space, but not just any network. One that acts as a competitor to the studio’s only non-Disney grounded partner, Netflix (Disney does have a small stake in Hulu).

It’s possible Runaways is leverage meant to show Netflix that it isn’t the only place for MCU shows. That the Disney giant will go wherever it wants with a new show.

The more interesting question is why didn’t the series end up at Freeform?

Next year will see the recently re-branded network become home to New Warriors and Cloak & Dagger. Runaways would have been a perfect fit. So what happened?

It’s possible Marvel Television is looking to diversify.

With the threat of Disney moving everything in-house in a few years, Marvel Television may be trying to get its hands into as many cookie jars as possible in case one of the streamers gets greedy.

Netflix wants to cut ties? No worries. Hulu will pick up the slack.

It’s all about bargaining chips… presumably.

Review:

Marvel Television has taken a lot of outside the box steps since the days of Agents of S.H.I.E.LD.

It centered an entire show on a beloved side character set in the 40s. It turned a side-story into an IMAX co-funded series. It struck a deal with Netflix to produce multiple “street-level Avengers” type shows. But, the studio’s latest, Runaways, trumps all of that in terms of outside the box television.

After a tragedy tore them apart two years ago, a group of friends comes back together just in time to learn their parents may not be the caregivers they thought they were.

Many are going to be quick to point to the weirdness of Legion when claiming Runaways to be the weirdest of Marvel’s TV lot. But, the weirdness of Legion was always expected.

It’s a TV-MA drama on FX co-produced by Fox and set outside MCU continuity. Weird was always coming with the territory.

Runaways is YA television. Fantastical is to be expected, but the weirdness of this show is next level for Marvel. And it’s pretty fun.

Once audiences get passed the very slow paced premiere episode, a mystery begins to unfold that takes some wild turns that are going to entice even the most cynical of Marvel’s television viewers.

The series’ greatest strength comes from its soap-opera relationships. All these kids are phenomenal. If you’re coming to Runaways hoping for The O.C. with superpowers, you will be pleased.

Overall, Marvel has a solid start to its Hulu corner of the MCU in Runaways. It’s wonky at moments, but those moments of wonkiness are overshadowed by a sense of risk-taking not seen since last year’s Luke Cage.

Marvel’s Runaways premieres Tuesday, November 21st on Hulu

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