The Marvel small screen universe continues to go from strength-to-strength. It was a shaky start with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which took a little while to work its way into the hearts of audiences, but, now in its fourth season, AoS finds itself comapred favorably to the likes of Netflix original series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and the upcoming Iron Fist and The Defenders, while the X-Men are working their way onto TV with FX series Legion. There’s also upcoming series Inhumans, Freeform’s Cloak & Dagger and a series with the working title Gifted, so it’s fair to say Marvel have all bases covered.
Now another section of Marvel Comics is to be explored, with Hulu’s new series Runaways, based on the 2003 comic run of the same name. Though it won’t premiere until 2018, an exciting cast has been assembled including Gregg Sulkin, Angel Parker and Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum James Marsters, with the latter promising great things when fans finally get to witness the adventure on TV.
Speaking to GamesRadar in a new interview, he said of the show:
“It’s a huge cast and everyone’s nice! There’s fifteen to seventeen of us, and I can’t spot a weak link, I’m really excited to see how it goes forward. I’m having a great time filming it; the director is fabulous and the actors are very experienced… The cast is kind of divided between parents and children, and the people playing the parents are all very experienced – resumes as long as your arm – but have not lost their child-like willingness to be playful, which is essential. And the actors playing the younger characters all have great instincts and a great attitude, and when we sat down for the table read, the takeaway from everyone was ‘My God, all the young people are fabulous… This is going to be a really good show!’ was the consensus.”
Recently wrapping filming on its pilot episode, it’s exciting to hear how passionate Marsters is about the show and the talent involved in bringing these comic book characters to life. They’re not the most prominent in Marvel’s history, so it’s going to be interesting to see exactly how well they’re received when they make it onto TV.
The Marvel name should be enough to carry these characters into success, but of course there’s always going to have to be great performances alongside that label to maintain interest. The company the story comes from can only do so much, bringing in an audience for a pilot episode before the show will have to stand on its own two feet.
Marsters' comments should go a long way in assuring potential viewers that the series will ignite their passions and allow them to enjoy what’s on offer. Hopefully Runaways will deliver on that promise and become one of next year’s biggest breakout hits.
Runaways is expected to debut on Hulu at some point in 2018.