Fans who stayed out late to see the New York Comic Con panel for Marvel’s Runaways got a treat on Friday night, when the Hulu premiered the series’ first episode on the main stage in front of a packed audience.
The response was rapturous, and it was clear that there were plenty of comic book fans in attendance since there were gasps and cheers in all the right places when the series paid homage to its source material.
You can get a hint of what the show has in store from the first teaser trailer, which was released a few hours before the panel:
We won’t spoil the surprises for you, just in case Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. agents hunt us down, but viewers familiar with Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s comics will be very happy with how the series begins.
“We’ve been working on this for over two years,” co-showrunner Josh Schwartz said on the panel, admitting that he’s been a big fan of the property for years.
“It was my favorite comic… The first time I read the comic, I said, ‘I don’t know who this Brian K. Vaughn is, but this is my people, he’s speaking to me directly.’ He’s the best.”
Judging from the reaction after the screening, the show resonated with longtime fans and newcomers alike:
EXCELLENT first episode of #Marvel’s #Runaways! Not gonna lie… I went into it knowing very little about the comic. But it was tight! #NYCC
— Daredevil Room (@DaredevilRoom) October 7, 2017
The first episode of #Runaways is fantastic. It’s Gossip Girl in LA with superheroes. I love it. Looking forward to the series. @runaways
— Kaitlyn Booth @ NYCC (@katiesmovies) October 7, 2017
Got to watch the first episode of @runaways tonight and it was amazing. The writing is stupid good. It’s going to be the next big thing.
— Justin Abeles @ NYCC (@Justinsipod3) October 7, 2017
Got to see the first episode of @hulu @runaways at #NYCC and it was so cool! I was excited before, but now I’m super psyched!
— Annmarie 🏖 (@afaiella) October 7, 2017
After that first episode, I can already tell The Runaways will be injecting fresh life into the superhero genre. #MarvelsRunaways
— Leon Brill @NYCC (@LeonBrill) October 7, 2017
Marvel’s Runaways premieres Nov. 21 on Hulu with its first three episodes.