Hulu officially renews both Future Man and Marvel’s Runaways for season 2. The streaming giant only recently got into the original programming field with shows such as 11.22.63 and The Path, but things didn’t start to get off the ground for them until they landed Bruce Miller’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. The critically-acclaimed TV series debuted in early 2017 and has since received the award for best drama series at the Primetime Emmy’s.
Hulu followed up their success by expanding their slate – namely with Marvel’s Runaways and Future Man – that’s designed to reach wider audiences. Kyle Hunter, Howard Overman, and Ariel Shaffir created the sci-fi comedy series Future Man for Hulu – starring Josh Hutcherson as Josh Futturman and Eliza Coupe as the time-traveling resistance fighter Tiger – alongside executive producers and Preacher creators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Gossip Girl co-creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, on the other hand, brought Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s Runaways comic book series to life on the small screen in partnership with Marvel TV and ABC Signature Studios. And it seems Hulu is quite happy with both shows’ performances, for they have decided to give both series another season each.
THR reports that Hulu has issued season 2 renewal orders for both Future Man and Marvel’s Runaways. The sophomore seasons for both shows will contain 13 episodes each. While that’s the same number Future Man had in its first season, it’s an additional three for Runaways, which had only 10 episodes in its first season.
The news comes on the eve of Runaways‘ season 1 finale, “Hostile,” airing on the streaming service. Considering that Runaways has been well-received by critics and audiences alike so far, it isn’t surprising that Hulu would want to retain its younger viewership and maintain a piece of the superhero TV trend that continues to expand.
While Runaways (and Future Man, for that matter) is performing admirably for Hulu, Marvel TV’s broadcast slate, meanwhile, remains in limbo. ABC chief Channing Dungey is hesitant to confirm or deny renewal orders for the much-maligned Inhumans as well as their flagship comic book series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but at least she remains optimistic about the former, which is currently in the midst of airing its fifth season. As Runaways and Netflix’s Marvel shows have proven thus far, though, the streaming-side of television is a popular medium for superhero shows to thrive, which is why Hulu would be an ideal place for Marvel’s New Warriors to air as well.
At the moment, it’s unclear what the story for either show will be in the second seasons, but now that the renewal orders have only gone through, fans shouldn’t have to wait too long in order to find out.
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