#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.Β 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!

28 thoughts on “#CurrentlyWatching: Marvel’s Runaways

  1. OMG IT’S CARMEN FROM ONE DAY AT A TIME! I first saw the Runaways trailer and then when I was watching One Day at a Time I KNEW she looked familiar and now I know! This actually doesn’t look half bad (which is a compliment cause I honestly thought it looked a bit dumb at first)

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  2. Marvel’s Runaways is a show that I definitely plan on checking out! I’m always up for superheroes, villains and special abilities – so this show really seems perfect for me. πŸ˜€ I’m really glad to see that you enjoyed it, it makes me even more exited to start watching it (hopefully soon).

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  3. I love Runaways too (and I was thinking of it earlier today before you published this post. Weird). Gert’s probably my favorite character too, though I’m a little annoyed how the writers wrote her “feminist” side. It’s kind of promoting a stereotype mixed in with actual feminist ideas. I don’t know if that’s an improvement or just another bad example of portraying a feminist.

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  4. I absolutely LOVE Runaways – I liked the comics, but I feel like the show just did a better job delevoping the characters and their relationships with each other. It took me a long time to warm up to them in the comics and to care for them and a lot of things just felt rushed and came out of nowhere. Also Nico and Karolina never became canon (though there were hints and maybe Rainbow Rowell will give us what we deserve, I sure hope so) Glad to hear you’re also enjoying it Kat! πŸ˜€

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  5. Yay glad to see another one! And I love the look of this as well!! Yeah there’s never much about the parents and children dynamic in superhero stories, this is so cool that they explored it πŸ™‚ And I like the fact it deals with tough subjects as well. This looks amazing and definitely something I’m gonna watch πŸ˜€

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  6. Kat, I love that you and I tend to like and love the same stuff. I enjoyed this show, too. You’re right that it was a bit slow, but not so much that it lost me. I was actually a bit sad that season 1 was so short and I’m really looking forward to season 2.

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  7. Oh, I never heard of this show but it sounds and looks so interesting??! I really want to start watching this now ahah. Kat, how is it that you make me want to watch every show you post about on your #CurrentlyWatching posts?? They all just seem so goooooood and I need, like, 100 more hours in a day to keep up with everything. πŸ˜‚ Lovely post!

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