If you’ve been a fan of the Marvel superhero television series Runaways for the last two seasons, then strap yourselves in for a third one that has already started production as we speak.
Runaways is a superhero TV series based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and shares its continuity with the video games and film series. It is created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage for global streaming service Hulu.
An idea for the movie adaption of the Runaways was first pitched back in 2008. However, it was later scrapped in 2013 because of the success of popular superhero film franchise, The Avengers. Then in August 2016, Marvel Television had announced that a pilot order for the Runaways was given by Hulu after it was developed and written by Schwartz and Savage.
The first season comprised of 10 episodes and ran until January 9, 2018. Then later in the same month, the series was renewed for a second season of 13 episodes and was released all at once on December 21, 2018.
The reception for the show was great as both of the first two seasons of Runaways had an aggregate score of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. Indiewire’s Liz Shannon had this to say:
“It’s off to an incredibly compelling start, thanks to Schwartz and Savage’s confident storytelling, and should it keep moving forward at its current pace, it could become a truly addictive hit. As it is, it’s one of Marvel’s most promising series to date.” For season 2, Rotten Tomatoes had summarized its critical reception as “Runaways hits the ground running in its sophomore season, but though it deepens the connections between its expansive cast, formulaic stories and an over-dependence on plot devices holds it back from fully maturing into a compelling character study.”
The story of Runaways centers around six superpowered teenagers from LA who discover a horrifying secret about their parents and are on the run from them. But what exactly are their parents trying to hide and for what reason? As the kids poke around, their parents slowly start picking up on subtle hints that perhaps their children are on to them. This happens at the same time the children ultimately uncover the truth with drastic consequences. Now it’s up to the kids to come together and prevent their parents from unleashing this terror before its too late.
Season 2 Recap (Spoilers if you haven’t seen season 1 yet)
In the second season of Runaways, things start to spiral a bit out of control as teenagers Alex, Chase, Gert, Molly, Katherine, and Nico try to make it through in the streets. Alex reaches out to Darius, his father’s rival and attempts to get close to him to loan just enough money to ensure that he and his friends survive in the streets.
Things get worse from that point on when the teens are blamed for the murder of Destiny Gonzales, which was actually committed by their Pride parents. And if things didn’t already seem bad enough, Alex’s parents decide to pin Darius for Destiny’s death in order to get him and the kids to come out of hiding, only to later have him killed.
As the kids carry on fighting their parents, Jonah tries to excavate a spaceship by drilling a big hole that led to earthquakes. During the fight, Nico stabs Jonah and the Pride parents destroy the spaceship. The surviving aliens of the spaceship start entering the bodies of nearby people including Tina as the second season concluded with a reunion of the aliens.
What’s Season 3 Going to be About? (Massive Spoilers Ahead!)
The third season will pick up from when we last left off, which is the teenagers, especially the ones that were apprehended (Chase) coping up with the situation at hand. What’s more, is that the show will emphasize the development of those who belong to Jonah's family from his spaceship as well as entering the bodies of Stacey Yorkes and Tina Minoru once Jonah took possession of Victor Stein’s body.
Leslie, Karolina’s mother will also be playing a crucial role in the third season since she’s expecting Jonah’s second son. Alex had his parents arrested after getting them to follow him. So this leaves Alex, Nico, Leslie, and Molly to figure things out back in the hostel as they figure out how to get their friends away from their conniving, sinister parents. But perhaps the most intriguing arc would be that of Nico’s as we find out if one of the ship’s members has entered her body.
Going by how season 2 concluded, the following main cast members are confirmed to return:
Rhenzy Felix as Alex Wilder
Lyrica Okano as Nico Minoru
Virginia Gardner as Karolina Dean
Ariela Barer as Gert Yorkes
Gregg Sulkin as Chase Stein
Allegra Acosta as Molly Hayes Hernandez
Members of Pride:
Ryan Sands as Geoffrey Wilder: Alex's father and a self-made businessman
Angel Parker as Catherine Wilder: Alex's mother, a successful lawyer
Ever Carradine as Janet Stein: Chase's mother
Kip Pardue as Frank Dean: Karolina's father, a former teen star
Kevin Weisman as Dale Yorkes: Gert's father, a bioengineer
Brigid Brannagh as Stacey Yorkes: Gert's mother, a bioengineer
James Marsters as Victor Stein: An engineering genius
James Yaegashi as Robert Minoru, Nico's father
Brittany Ishibashi as Tina Minoru, Nico's mother
So far only one new face has been confirmed to appear in season 3 is renowned English actress and businesswoman Elizabeth Hurley who is set to star as villain Morgan le Fay, who was a student of Merlin. The character possesses the ability to manipulate mystic energy, enchant objects, astral project and is accompanied by her black crow familiar.
Her appearance was confirmed by 'Runways' executive producer and head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb, who told Variety, "Elizabeth Hurley is joining the Marvel Universe and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her portraying one of the most enchanting Marvel characters.”