Marvel’s Runaways has officially been cancelled after three seasons. The Hulu series joins the ranks of Freeform’s Cloak and Dagger and the repertoire of Marvel Netflix shows that have been axed (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, etc.) over the last year.
The cancellation was announced today per The Hollywood Reporter and presumably the Runaways’ writer’s room thought that Season 3 would be a good end for the show, but I doubt that they knew that far in advance that the series would be cancelled. Anyway, this is a big problem. The series was the last live-action Marvel adaptation currently airing on TV that wasn’t a Disney+ series (watch Helstrom be dropped soon enough).
With Jeph Loeb out as the head of Marvel TV and Kevin Feige promoted to oversee all of Marvel’s properties in both film and television, it’s hard not to think of the worst. After all, Feige is cleaning house no matter what anyone says and, with all of the Marvel shows now being streamlined to only include MCU characters, that means a lot less creativity. Also, one person being in charge of everything the way Feige is? Pass.
Despite whatever you thought about Marvel’s TV shows (and I will stand by the fact that at least Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is pretty good), does it really bode well that Feige has complete control now? Is this what a Marvel monopoly looks like? You be the judge. But with Runaways now a goner, it looks like Disney is no longer interested in branching out, driving all of Marvel’s fans to Disney+. Capitalism, am I right?
Runaways’ third and final season will premiere on Hulu December 13.