The Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding on Hulu. Marvel announced Wednesday that the streaming service has ordered a pilot for Runaways, a series based on the popular comic books of the same name. Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are teaming up again as the new superhero show’s co-writers and showrunners.
The comic was created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alpohna. The series will follow a group of six teenagers who are far from friendly with each other before they are drawn together by a strange discovery: Their parents work for an evil crime organization. Needless to say, these are not your everyday coming-of-age-issues.
Schwartz and Savage will bring their expertise in creating addicting drama. The duo also previously worked on another memorable teen drama, The O.C. Both shows created avid fan bases and ran for several successful seasons.
Schwartz and Savage will executive produce alongside Jeph Loeb, executive producer and head of Marvel Television, and Jim Chory. Lis Rowinski will produce.
“We’ve known the Runaways‘ story would make great television,” said Loeb in a statement, “and being lucky enough to have Josh and Stephanie — who have time and again created shows that speak so genuinely to this exact audience — write and produce the series is nothing short of remarkable.”
Runaways will add to the growing list of Marvel live-action TV series. Many have emerged in recent years, including Netflix’s group of shows — Daredevil, Jessica Jones and the upcoming Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders — and ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. There are more series on the way as well, including FX’s Legion, and Freeform’s Cloak and Dagger.
It remains to be seen if Runaways will get a series order, but the show seems like an excellent entry for Hulu into the MCU.