Next week a new section of the Marvel universe comes to life next week on Hulu. The first three episodes of Marvel’s Runaways premieres next Friday and executive producer Jeph Loeb and showrunners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage talked to Marvel about bringing the comic to life.
Loeb reveals that Runaways has been the one of the most requested TV shows for them to make.
“When we first started Marvel Television, which was not all that long ago, one of the things that we heard from our fans was these are the shows they’d really like to see. It’s kind of remarkable, how many of them we’ve actually been successful at bringing forward. And so, one of the real jewels in the crown, that people had in their top three, was ‘Marvel’s Runaways.’”
For Savage, she wasn’t familiar with the comics, but once she read the comics she fell in love with the world and the characters.
“I loved the characters. I love that it was set in LA. I love the strong female characters, the diversity.”
“Old Lace!” interjected Schwartz. “The dinosaur, the great cliffhangers at the end of every issue,” continued Savage. “Just the voice and the level of humor. And it felt so exciting, the possibility of being able to bring it to life.”
When it came to adapting the comic into the show, Loeb knew that their source material was very strong and that they needed a network that was going to support it.
“They’re very strong characters. The inherited material, with its incredibly diverse cast, allowed different voices and different points of view. And that the show was set in LA, that was something that was very different for us. Being able to take all those things and put them together, and actually find a network that was supportive to us as Hulu was, this has been not just a large challenge, but it has something that has been extremely successful in terms of its execution.”
Brian K. Vaughn has been involved with the show and his help really made things easier, according to Savage.
“Having his endorsement, his encouragement, but also his ideas in the book, just empowered everybody to feel a lot of freedom in making sure we were still honoring the spirit of the original book, but also making it a show that could stand on its own.”
While these shows are all part of the same universe, it is becoming increasingly apparent that they all need to stand on their own not just rely on the fact that they are in the MCU.
Summary: After discovering their parents are super-villains in disguise, a group of teenagers band together to run away from their homes in order to atone for their parents’ actions and to discover the secrets of their origins.
Marvel’s Runaways, created by Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, stars Gregg Sulkin, Ariela Barer, Lyrica Okano, Allegra Acosta, Virginia Gardner, and Rhenzy Feliz. It will stream to Hulu starting November 21st.
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