Julian McMahon is once again joining forces with Marvel, this time to play a mysterious new character in the Hulu series Runaways. After crafting a series of hit shows on Netflix, Marvel will team up with yet another streaming giant to bring some of the publisher’s characters to life this November. Created by Brian K. Vaughn and Adrian Alphona, Runaways tells the story of a group of teens who learn their parents are supervillains. After their discovery, they head out on their own and use their unique skills to defeat their parents and help save Los Angeles however they can.
While Runaways is only a few months away, all we’ve seen so far from the series is a cast photo and a bootleg teaser. Likely, that will change very soon. Still, information about the show has slowly been coming in thanks to the cast and the creators. Envisioned as The O.C. but with superpowers, the show will explore its heroes as they both come of age and learn to grapple with their legacy. As such, the show won’t have one central villain. Instead, the kids will have to navigate the unique position they’re in thanks to the discovery of their parents’ secret. Luckily, they’ll have some help.
Marvel and Hulu have just announced that Julian McMahon will be joining Runaways as new character Jonah. Best known for Nip/Tuck and playing Doctor Doom in Fox’s original Fantastic Four films, McMahon’s character will help the heroes as they attempt to thwart their parents. You can read the brief synopsis for the character below:
“McMahon will play Jonah in the series. While his origins and ultimate intentions are unknown, he is a pivotal player in the Runaways’ rebellion against their parents.”
McMahon’s work on Charmed and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency has also certainly given him plenty of genre training. His years on Ryan Murphy’s Nip/Tuck, meanwhile, have earned him all sorts of acclaim. So far, the adult cast of Runaways is packed full of talented actors. Along with the relative newcomers who will play the teen heroes, the show’s performance pedigree should be something special.
As we await a proper trailer for the show and more information on the plot, we do know the series won’t immediately connect to the rest of the MCU. While Runaways is said to exist in the same universe as The Avengers, The Defenders, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it looks like it will follow the lead of other Marvel TV shows and stay in its own corner of the shared world. Over time, we could see that change, but for now Runaways will stand alone.
Runaways premieres November 21 on Hulu.
Source: Marvel and Hulu
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