'Marvel's Runaways' is coming to Freeform right after the 'Cloak & Dagger' season 1 finale
In a first-of-its-kind partnership between the network and premium streaming service, Hulu, Freeform is all set to air the first episode of 'Marvel's Runaways' on Thursday night.
'Marvel's Cloak and Dagger' is currently the hot favorite on TV. Shinning the spotlight on a pair of teenagers, whose realization about their superpowers comes with its own set of challenges, the Freeform series has successfully tapped into a younger and fresher audience for the genre. And come Thursday night, we are all headed towards a final showdown, with the show sealing the fates (for the time being) of leading duo Tandy and Tyrone.
While all eyes will undoubtedly be on the superheroes-to-be, another bunch of supers 'Marvel's Runaways' are also headed in Freeform's direction. In a first-of-its-kind partnership between the network and premium streaming service, Hulu, Freeform is all set to air the first episode of 'Marvel’s Runaways' on Thursday night (August 2), shortly after the 'Cloak & Dagger' finale. This would mark the linear debut of the original Hulu series, which has proven to be a major hit for the streaming service.
“Hulu has been an excellent partner for Freeform as they often focus on the same young adult audience we reach,” said Tricia Melton, senior vice president of Marketing at Freeform. “Having the opportunity to come together and focus on our Marvel properties was a perfect scenario as we continue reaching our viewers in innovative and unexpected ways.”
The 'Runaways' special broadcast, as per the official press release, will begin at 9 pm right after Cloak & Dagger has wrapped up its dramatic season 1 episode 10 tonight. Meanwhile, the entire first season of 'Runaways', following a group of teens as they investigate their parents' secret, can be streamed on Hulu. Created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the series is based on Marvel’s Runaways comics and like many other Marvel shows is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
And the star-studded cast of 'Runaways' boasts names like Rhenzy Feliz (Alex Wilder), Lyrica Okano (Nico Minoru), Virginia Gardner (Karolina Dean), Ariela Barer (Gert Yorkes), Gregg Sulkin (Chase Stein), and Allegra Acosta (Molly Hernandez). Having laid the foundation for Marvel's growth in the YA category, 'Runaways' is soon said to be returning with season 2 on Hulu.
With season 2 on the brink (and 'Runaways' first episode airing on Freeform) hopefully, fans will also get to see a crossover between the Hulu original and 'Cloak & Dagger'.
"I mean it was really important for the first season to really establish Tandy and Tyrone, even as people before they become superheroes. But I’m a big fan of what Josh [Schwartz] and Stephanie [Savage] did on Runaways and we’re always talking about 'when do we get to do our crossover?' There’s probably 400 lawyers in the way… I’m excited for however Cloak & Dagger can play in the universe," teased showrunner Joe Pokaski.