“It’s all connected” was the mantra in the early days on the Marvel Cinematic Universe; particularly with regard to its first television outing: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. And in the case of the upcoming Hulu series, Runaways, it appears it’s still all connected.
Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb spoke during Hulu’s presentation at the Television Critics Association summer press tour and addressed the show’s place in the MCU. “It all lives in the same world,” he said, according to The Tracking Board. But before you start speculating on possible cameos, Loeb added,”How it’s connected and where it’s connected, it remains to be seen. Right now we’re trying to tell a great story Josh [Schwartz] and Stephanie [Savage] have crafted.”
Since the early days of S.H.I.E.L.D., the inter-connectivity of Marvel’s films and television shows receded back to atmospheric details. In it’s first season, S.H.I.E.L.D. changed dramatically in the wake of Captain America: The Winter Solider, but subsequent seasons have felt less of an impact from the films. And as for importing characters back into the films, the Avengers still think Agent Coulson is dead.
Likewise, the Netflix shows use the post-Avengers New York as a backdrop, but only make scattered references to “The Incident,” “Stark Industries” and other lived-in elements of the MCU. Direct contact with the events of the films has been non-existent thus far. Though, one wonders if the Sokovia Accords will ever become an issue for The Defenders.
Of course, one of the reasons Runways became a comic book hit was its accessibility. While it rewarded readers familiar with every nook and cranny of the 616 universe, it was also removed enough for new readers to enjoy it. Runaways will likely employ the same idea … at least until Nick Fury needs their help.
Wonder what this means for Cloak & Dagger and New Warriors?
Runaways comes to Hulu on November 21st.