What better way to usher in the latest “Runaways” trailer for Hulu than by announcing that the upcoming third season will serve as the series’ last. That’s exactly what Hulu has done, as Variety is reporting the Marvel streaming show is about to abruptly come to an end next month.
The report claims that the series’ third season, which debuts on Hulu in December, will be the final batch of episodes for Marvel’s “Runaways.” This comes on the heels of the recent announcement that “Cloak & Dagger,” which is crossing over with the Hulu series, has already been canceled on Freeform. And both of these announcements come after it was revealed that Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios has now taken creative control over all aspects of Marvel, including the troubled Marvel TV.
Long story short, you can watch the new trailer for “Runaways,” and get excited about the upcoming season, but the teen-focused series is yet another victim of the changing executive structure at the comic book company owned by Disney. It was clear when Feige took over that he was interested in starting fresh, and with Marvel TV only having three live-action series on air at the time ‘Cloak,’ “Runaways,” and “Agents of SHIELD,” it wasn’t difficult to wipe the slate clean. The first two series are now dead, with ‘Agents’ already announced to be coming to an end next season.
With the demise of “Runaways,” that leaves the multiple Marvel animated Hulu series (which could also get the ax, let’s be real) and the upcoming live-action “Helstrom” as the only current properties being developed by Marvel TV. But if you’re currently an actor working on the first season of “Helstrom,” I wouldn’t be surprised if we get word that the series is now just a “limited event” or some such.
It’s clear that Feige has completely different ideas about what constitutes a Marvel series under his regime. He has already announced an aggressive line-up of series for Disney+, including “Hawkeye,” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “WandaVision,” “Ms. Marvel,” “Loki,” “Moon Knight,” and “She-Hulk.” The big difference between these series and the output from Marvel TV is how Feige is treating each like their own extended film that will fold directly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The abrupt cancellation of “Runaways” mirrors the issues that happened with the Netflix Marvel series which all saw their demise announced right before new episodes premiered or almost directly after they dropped new content. Needless to say, fans of “Runaways” are feeling pretty bittersweet.
“Runaways” Season 3 will debut on Hulu on December 13.