Marvel's TV universe is about to expand big time this upcoming season with new additions like Inhumans, New Warriors, Cloak and Dagger, and Runaways -- not to mention everything on Netflix. The TV shows of the MCU haven't been able to really connect with each other in the way that the movies do, but that doesn't mean the connection isn't there. Hulu's Runaways, for instance, is a part of the MCU, and we'll see the connections through the eyes of a teenager. Marvel television head Jeph Loeb had this to say about where Runaways fits into the MCU:
Jeph Loeb has a full plate with all the new Marvel programming soon to hit the airwaves, and he addressed how these new shows live in the same universe at the Television Critics Associations summer press tour (via THR) . While there are no promises that these shows will be jumping networks for crossovers, Loeb stressed that doesn't mean there isn't some form of connection. Many of the shows prominently feature young heroes, which should be a nice counterbalance to the more adult POV of the movies. It should also allow the young characters to digest news as a teen would. So while the Runaways may not be checking their phones every five minutes for Captain America's Instagram, they can still see a post alluding to, say, the current events of Cloak and Dagger.
Jeph Loeb also made it clear that the individual production teams are at least aware of what everyone else is up to. However, because the different shows take place all over the country, it's more natural to keep things separated for now than forcing them together.
While we all would like to see these shows cross over, the logistics of being on different networks makes that understandably difficult. There could always be a more concrete level of connection in the future, but we should be glad they aren't forcing anything and are just letting the shows exist on their own terms for now. Even the CW needed a little time to achieve the level of continuity porn it has now.
Runaways hits Hulu on November 21 and will release new episodes on a week-by-week basis.
Matt has lived in New Jersey his entire life, but commutes every day to New York City. He graduated from Rowan University and loves Marvel, Nintendo, and going on long hikes and then greatly wishing he was back indoors. Matt has been covering the entertainment industry for over two years and will fight to his dying breath that Hulk and Black Widow make a good couple.
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