Another one bites the dust. Marvel has decided to end Runaways, the live-action series adaptation of the hit comic book of the same name. The show is set to debut its third, and now confirmed to be final, season on Hulu next month. The season 3 finale will serve as the series finale, as Marvel is moving in a different direction when it comes to live-action TV in the future, as this is just the latest in a long line of shows to get the ax.
According to several reports, Marvel has opted not to renew Runaways for a fourth season. This surely will come as a blow to fans of the show, but one that was expected. Recently, Marvel also canceled the well-liked Cloak and Dagger after just two seasons on Freeform. Coincidentally, the duo will make an appearance during Runaways season 3, which will serve as a swan song for both super teams. Other recent Marvel shows that have been canceled include FX's Legion and ABC's long-running Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel's Runaways serves as an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona's comic series and was adapted for Hulu by executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (The O.C., Gossip Girl). The show centers on a group of young kids who must go on the run after discovering that their parents are part of a criminal organization. The cast includes Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, Allegra Acosta, Annie Wersching, Ryan Sands, Angel Parker, Ever Carradine, James Marsters, Kevin Weisman, Brigid Brannagh, James Yaegashi, Brittany Ishibashi and Elizabeth Hurley.
Recently, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, the man behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was promoted to Chief Creative Officer at Marvel. That extends to the TV side of things, which had been headed up by Jeph Loeb. It's expected that Loeb will be announcing his departure as head of Marvel Television before year's end. Given that yet another one of the shows he was overseeing has just been canned, that makes sense. Feige will be overseeing a series of live-action Marvel shows for Disney Plus that are more firmly rooted in the MCU. Some of the shows on deck include The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, WandaVision, Loki, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight.
The beginning of the end for the current slate of live-action Marvel TV shows came when Netflix canceled Daredevil last year, with shows like Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Punisher to follow. Given the power the MCU has in pop culture, it makes sense to try and strongly connect the shows to what's going on in the movies, which hasn't really been the case, even in something like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. At least not on the level one might expect. Sadly, that's going to come at the expense of shows like this. Runaways season 3 is set to premiere on December 13. This news comes to us via The Hollywood Reporter.