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‘Marvel’s Runaways’: The 6 Best Changes from the Comics to the Hulu Series

Some smart decisions helped lead to one of the best comic book dramas of the year.

MARVEL'S RUNAWAYS - "Rewind" - Episode 102 - A retelling of 101, as seen from the parentsÕ perspective. EveryoneÕs on edge, but after tonight, should all go as planned, they wonÕt have to worry about their obligations again. Karolina Dean (Virginia Gardner), from left, Chase Stein (Gregg Sulkin), Molly Hernandez (Allegra Acosta), Gert Yorkes (Ariela Barer) and Nico Minoru (Lyrica Okano), shown.  (Photo by: Greg Lewis/Hulu)


For comic book fans, the premiere of a new adaptation of a favorite work is always a nerve-wracking thing. The hope is that the story will be captured well by the producers, while the reality is the history of comics adaptations is littered with massive disappointments.

So it’s a relief to see that so far, Hulu’s adaptation of the Brian K. Vaughn-created “Runaways” has lived up to the expectations of Marvel fans, while not being shy about making some significant changes to the story and the characters. However, there’s no reason to fear these changes, as many of them prove to be not necessarily an improvement on the original story, but clearly valuable when it comes to creating an episodic drama out of it.

Beyond updating the technology for today’s teen use of smartphones and Lyft, here are some of the best changes so far. While there are spoilers below for the first three episodes of the series (now streaming on Hulu) there are no spoilers for the comics beyond reference to what is now different.

Aging Up Molly

MARVEL'S RUNAWAYS - "Reunion" - Episode 101 - A group of six Los Angeles teens, fractured by a tragic loss, reunite only to discover that their parents may be hiding a terrible secret that turns their world upside down. Molly Hernandez (Allegra Acosta), shown. (Photo by: Paul Sarkis/Hulu)

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