It seems like the narrative universe battle lines are being drawn over at Marvel Television. The division of Marvel Entertainment recently made clear that the upcoming series Inhumans would share a narrative universe with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as both shows air (or will air) on ABC. However, that’s not the case with the recent news about Hulu’s Runaways, which, according to Jeph Loeb, will exist in the same narrative universe as Marvel’s Netflix shows.
Jeph Loeb says that @Runaways lives in the same world as Netflix’s Marvel shows, how it’s connected remains to be seen. #TCA17
— Decider (@decider) July 27, 2017
The news comes courtesy of Decider, which interviewed Loeb, the executive vice president of Marvel Television, as part of the Television Critics Association press tour. Loeb confirmed that Runaways will connect to Marvel’s Netflix offerings, though he did not outline what form that connection will take. Shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones have referenced superheroes from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe in the past, but this may be the first time Marvel Television’s narrative universes have crossed the treacherous network chasm — or in this case, streaming service.
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Hulu’s Runaways is an adaptation of the 2003 superhero comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. The series follows a group of children who discover their parents are supervillains and band together to defeat them. It was announced in June that the comic book series would receive a reboot helmed by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka.
Debuting on Hulu on November 21, Runaways was created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage and stars Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, Allegra Acosta, Ryan Sands, Angel Parker, Brittany Ishibashi, James Yaegashi, Kevin Weisman, Brigid Brannagh, Annie Wersching, Kip Pardue, James Marsters and Ever Carradine.