Marvel seems to be having a new TV show hit every five seconds or so. In the past few months we’ve had The Defenders, Inhumans, and now Runaways hit various networks and streaming services. By and large, their series tend to be pretty well received, but Inhumans was the first show to show the chinks in the Marvel TV armor.
But what about the Hulu original series Runaways? Would they actually be able to take this teen-centric storyline and turn it into something audiences will embrace? Between the soapy tone and ridiculous, over-the-top narrative, it wasn’t clear that this would be anything to rival some of the other higher quality shows they’ve produced. But first reviews are in, and while the show is by no means perfect, Marvel’s Runaways seems to be another solid offering for fans.
Check out some of the excerpts below from a handful of outlets:
We Got This Covered – Michael Broussard
“The show has the DNA of a superhero arc, with a gaggle of grumpy teens on the verge of discovering unknown powers at the same time that they discover they’re the offspring of maniacs, but it’s also unapologetically angsty. That’s probably unsurprising, given its creators, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, were the minds behind such juicy classics as The O.C. and Gossip Girl. Still, Runaways is no phony teen drama, and although the first episodes somewhat falter when trying to merge awkward angst and fascinating mythology, when it succeeds the show is as effective as any of Marvel’s other big-screen genre mash-ups.”
IGN – Joshua Yehl
“For those looking for a new flavor of superhero show, Marvel’s Runaways definitely delivers. The idea of teens finding out their parents are supervillains is a unique and exciting one, and while the story doesn’t quite stick the landing when it comes to unveiling that concept, it still manages to offer up some watchable moments with its large, diverse cast. The first episode leaves a largely positive impression despite a few flaws, and for comic book fans it’s a big relief that the Runaways are in good hands.”
TVLine – Matt Webb Mitovich
“The Breakfast Club meets X-Men with a splash of Stranger Things thrown in, Marvel’s Runaways is the richest, best-realized Marvel drama of the new TV season.”
Forbes – Merril Barr
“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.”
Are you looking forward to checking out Marvel’s Runaways on Hulu? Let us know down below!
The series hits Hulu on November 21, 2017.
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