#CurrentlyWatching: Marvel’s Runaways

I am not going to promise I will have a theme every week, but last week was unusual weird shows and this week is all about heroes, mutants and villains! I’ll get started with a comic book adaptation that I personally haven’t checked out yet, but heard a lot about (and I really, really want to take a look at the new Rainbow Rowell run!) – Marvel’s Runaways!

The show premiered on hulu last November and is comprised of 10 episodes so far. For once I am actually happy to tell you that it was already renewed for a second season, so there’s no begging from my side to watch it. Unless you want to of course! That’s what these posts are for after all!

Former friends have to band together to find out the truth about the possibly evil doings of their parents – High School and romantic drama included.

Hmmm, how do I start this … don’t expect them to run away right in the beginning? The show takes quite a lot longer than the comics to establish all the different relationships and dynamics. The pace continues to be on the slow side, focusing more on the teen drama than the superpowers. I am not the best person to discuss the changes that were made from the source material to the product you can see on screen, however, most people I talked to didn’t mind that the show is a bit different (also, fingers crossed that some things maybe never happen to begin with?). The show definitely took the characters on a more superficial level and changed their background completely. As I said, I don’t really have anything to compare it to, but I personally really enjoyed what I got to watch.

First of all, this is a show about parents and their children. I have to say that in this particular genre, that’s not something we get to see all too often. Most teenagers questions their parents and their parents’ beliefs as they get older, but this takes it to a whole new level. There are secrets that even the viewer doesn’t get the full scope of and people at play that we don’t get to see until late in the game. It is the sad truth that maybe they have to face that their parents are just not good people and that is never easy.

It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the different characters. I loved discovering their abilities and interests – there was something unique and relatable about each one of them as various topics ranging from domestic abuse, adoption, suicide, adultery, sexual orientation, moral issues and just plain discovering yourself get discussed and dealt with individually and as a group.

My favourite character in the whole series would probably have to be Gert. Her sisterly relationship with Molly is amazing and the girl has “control” over a dinosaur! It barely gets cooler than that, except that she is a feminist and outspoken but also soft and confused when it comes to her crush. I am not saying she is perfect! Because she crosses the border, especially when it comes to Karolina and that’s just not cool. Which brings me to my next point!

We actually get our first canon gay Marvel on-screen couple! Nico and Karolina are so freaking cute, I almost feel sorry for the guys who fancy them (well, more Alex than Chase, but whatever). The build up for those two was amazing. I could feel it in lingering glances from the early episodes on, but I really enjoyed how it grew and to them actually admitting their feelings.

Lastly, I just really enjoyed how the show dealt with seemingly heavy topics, but cloaked them between villains and superpowers and regular teen drama. There is still room for improvement, but I am definitely excited to see what they will bring to the table in Season 2!

Have you watched Runaways? Do you want to? What are your thoughts on the show? Let’s talk!