by Luke Thomas
At the time of writing it is largely unknown what level of involvement the upcoming superhero series Runaways will have in the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, but this hasn’t stopped the level of fan speculation and excitement that has arisen in the month since the series was announced. And for fans of the Hell’s Kitchen based Defenders series’ that are currently streaming on Netflix, news is showing that Runaways might be more similar in tone to these popular shows than initially expected with a familiar voice joining the long awaited adaptation.
Following the initial announcement, Iron Fist writer Tamara Becher has confirmed on her personal Twitter page that she will have a hand in the upcoming series, that will be coming soon to streaming service Hulu in a co-production with ABC Signature Studios. Becher tweeted “New gig, day one” alongside a picture of the first issue of the comic. Becher, who was one of the writers on the highly anticipated upcoming series Iron Fist, is also well known for working on Fox’s comedy-drama Wonderfalls and Joss Whedon’s seminal TV programme Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The new series is to be based on the ground-breaking, fan favourite comic series Runaways, a 2003 comic from writers Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona that chronicled the actions of a group of teenagers with little in common, who discover that their parents are part of an evil crime syndicate known as The Pride, a group comprised of mob bosses, time-travelers, dark wizards, mad scientists, alien invaders and telepathic mutants. Unlike the plethora of other superhero teams that exist within the Marvel Universe (including the Avengers and the Defenders), the Runaways lineup is noted as being incredibly progressive in the comic community in having more female members than males and scrapping the traditional superhero iconography like aliases and uniforms.
Talk of a cinematic adaptation of the series has made the rounds since at least 2008, but production was halted in 2010 due to Marvel’s focusing on The Avengers, with it largely being believed to be shelved until the pilot was ordered this August. The series will be helmed by Gossip Girls creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, and should enter production in the close future.
Iron Fist, which Becher had a part in writing, will be released on Netflix in 2017. Watch the trailer below;