At NYCC, Marvel unveiled the first official “teaser” trailer for the Hulu original series, The Runaways. Not sure how much of a “teaser” it is when it basically tells you everything you could possibly want to know about the series, but… whatever. Yes, you read that correctly. Based on the acclaimed comic series of the same name,
Based on the acclaimed comic series of the same name, The Runaways features a group of teenage friends who discover that their parents are secret supervillains. Thus they decide to run away. Along the way, they all discover things about themselves that make them special. They use their newfound skills, tools, and abilities to fight their parents at every turn. Basically a superpowered metaphor for teenage rebellion. Okay, not really. It’s vastly more complicated than that (unfortunately).
Brief though the trailer is, it does showcase most of the core elements. There are some things not shown, such as the super strength of Molly Hayes. Though Molly’s eyes do glow, at one point. There is a very brief look at Chase Stein’s gauntlets. Karolina Dean’s abilities are seen manifesting, presumably for the first time. The trailer also makes a fair showing of Nico Minoru’s Staff of One, and lingers for a while on a very small glimpse at Gertrude Yorkes’s pet dinosaur, Old Lace. Old Lace is, of course, a fan favorite of the series.
The series seems to be playing things fairly close to the actual comic book events. It will likely not involve the same breadth of cameos from popular Marvel heroes as the books did; even if it does take place in the MCU. This, of course, is largely due to licensing issues. Wolverine is still held by Fox, for example, so that favorite cameo is unlikely. And considering the direction Cloak & Dagger is going, that’s just as unlikely. However, if Marvel is aiming to bring the Power Pack into the fold, then it’s entirely possible that the Julie Powers/Karolina thing could happen.
In all honesty, the trailer does its job as a trailer. It gives just enough to entice, but not so much that the audience (who hasn’t read the comic) knows everything that’s going to happen. There’s plenty to speculate about, and that’s always fun. Could they actually deviate from the comic in some way? Possibly (hopefully).
Marvel’s The Runaways premiere on Hulu, November 21.