Fans of the Brian K. Vaughn-created series have a new Marvel’s Runaways season three teaser to gear them up for the next season of the show. Season Three won’t hit Hulu until shortly before Christmas in 2019, and this short thirty-second clip doesn’t give us much to go on. This series is as much as part of the MCU as Agents of SHIELD, which is to say, tangentially related at best. The speed at which television moves compared to the cinematic side of things makes it difficult for real cohesion. Add to that the time-jump of five years in Avengers: Endgame (a closely-guarded secret), and there is a larger disconnect between the films and television than ever before. Still, Marvel’s Runaways tells its own, standalone story, and season three promises to be the wildest one yet.
Spoilers for season two below!
Marvel’s Runaways What the Teaser Tells Us About Season Three
When we last left Marvel’s Runaways, they split up after a cataclysmic showdown with Pride, the super-secret organization run by their parents. We learned that the big bad of the show, Julian McMahon’s Jonah, detached his alien consciousness from the body he inhabited. He and other aliens buried beneath the surface of the Earth, having crash landed here eons ago, sought to escape back to the stars. In doing so they captured Ariela Barer’s Gert, Gregg Sulkin’s Chase Stein, and Ever Carradine’s Janet Stein, Chase’s mom. Yet, in the teaser we see Chase waking up to destruction in the buried mansion that served as the Runaways’ lair. So what gives?
Well, unless Chase escapes his prison, what we’re likely seeing is a hallucination induced by his prison. His father, James Marsters’s Victor Stein, stayed in a similar device through much of season two which created a kind of dream world for him to live in. This one seems more designed to highlight Chase’s fears about letting down his friends. Marvel’s Runaways season three will likely see the team split apart and working to reunite. Also missing is Karolina Dean, played by Virginia Gardner, a hybrid human alien with incredible powers. Conflicted about protecting her friends and human family, she sympathizes with the aliens stranded here on Earth. However, when she finds out how they plan to use human sacrifice to stay alive, we expect her conflict to settle itself.
Hulu, Disney, and Marvel Caught Up in the Streaming Wars
Marvel’s Runaways is a Hulu original, something that won’t change for season three. However, since Hulu is now owned by Disney, Runaways will be one of the original Marvel offerings meant to encourage people to keep their subscriptions once Disney+ debuts in the fall. Hulu will be a place for more mature content, though Marvel’s Runaways could easily air on any cable network. Still, bringing in the teenagers is a good strategy for Hulu in order to stay relevant in the crowded streaming landscape. Disney+ will draw in families with the Disney films, Pixar movies, Star Wars, and Marvel offerings. Hulu will still feature critically-acclaimed originals like The Handmaid’s Tale, horror films, and the odd Marvel offering like Runaways, Cloak and Dagger, and forthcoming animated Marvel series. They also can be a home for network shows that don’t have a place on broadcast, like The Orville.
Marvel’s Runaways season three is great news for fans of this unique show. It strikes a good balance between teenage soap opera and a parents-vs-kids-with-powers saga. It’s perhaps not as big of a draw as Disney+ series like Loki or WandaVision, but it has potential to find new fans as the years go on. Either way, the next season will be a big moment for the show, both in its storytelling and for its future. As these kids grow into adults and the streaming landscape changes, will there still be a place for a show like Marvel’s Runaways?
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.