Marvel's Runaways to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
One of the latest Marvel TV adaptations is Runaways, based on the comics created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. The show focuses on six diverse teenagers who can barely stand one another but who must unite against their parents when they discover they are a band of supervillains called the Pride.
Up until now, it has been assumed that Runaways would not be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, given that it was being made by US on demand service Hulu. But speaking at a Television Critics Association event, Marvel's Jeph Loeb confirmed that the show lives in the same world as Netflix's Marvel shows. If Runaways exists in the same world as Daredevil and Jessica Jones, that also means it's connected to ABC's Agents Of SHIELD and of course all the big screen Marvel movies, from Iron Man to Guardians of the Galaxy.
It is likely that Runaways will follow a similar pattern to it's Netflix's Marvel counterparts, potentially referencing major events like the battle of New York without having much connection to the major events of the movies. Basically don't expect any of the Avengers of agents of SHIELD to turn up at any point.
The cast features Rhenzy Feliz as Alex Wilder, a loud-and-proud nerd, Lyrica Okano as Nico Minoru, a tough, intelligent, and independent Wiccan, Virginia Gardner as Karolina Dean, trying to break away from a life of privilege, Ariela Barer as social justice warrior Gert Yorkes, Gregg Sulkin as high school jock and engineer Chase Stein and Allegra Acosta as Molly Hernandez, the youngest and most innocent member of the group.
The adult cast of supervillains has some impressive names too; James Marsters, Annie Wersching, Kevin Weisman, Brigid Brannagh, Ever Carradine, Ryan Sands, Angel Parker, Brittany Ishibashi, James Yaegashi and Kip Pardue will all star.
Runaways makes its US debut on the 21st November. No details on a UK air date have yet been confirmed.