Most Likely to Succeed: Marvel’s Runaways

Marvel Hulu Runaways pilot review non-spoiler review NYCC 2017 New York Comic-Con

The pilot for Marvel and Hulu’s Runaways doesn’t culminate in a catchphrase-worthy moment like “Welcome to The OC, b—h!” Nor does it have Kristen Bell as Gossip Girl smugly narrating the goings-on of its preternaturally mature teenage protagonists. But there is a moment near the pilot’s big turning point that sums up The OC and Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s take on Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s comic book series.

“This is some Narnia s–t,” Alex Wilder (Rhenzy Feliz) whispers upon discovering the secret passageway in his own house leading to the lair for the Pride, the cabal of villains made up of the six kids’ respective parents. Joke aside, this is the Runaways’ Narnia moment: They’re about to enter the figurative wardrobe, a short trip into an entirely new world that will strip them of their innocence and force them to become heroes.

Marvel screened the Runaways pilot ...