Marvel’s Runaways is no longer streaming on Disney+ and Hulu. So if you haven’t watched it yet, you may probably be wondering where you can watch the superhero series now that it has left both Disney-owned platforms. In this article, we will discuss why the show left the streaming services and reveal whether there are other ways to watch the show online.
Why was Runaways removed from Disney+ and Hulu?
Last Friday, May 26th, 2023, a lot of Marvel fans from different parts of the world were shocked to find out that Marvel’s Runaways is no longer available on Disney+ and Hulu. Some of them took to Twitter to express their disappointment, and since Runaways features an LGBTQ story, it’s not surprising that a few fans feel that Disney appears to be intentionally dumping queer-centric shows. Willow, which also stars LGBTQ characters, was also removed from Disney+.
Marvel’s Runaways was removed from Disney+ and Hulu. This being removed alongside #Willow shows how Disney is specifically targeting stories with queer representation. @Disney @DisneyPlus I hope this isn’t the case but it doesn’t look good for you all.
— Aidan (he/him) (@TwstdPrtzl13) May 27, 2023
Hello @DisneyPlusHelp why would you take Marvel's Runaways out of @DisneyPlus when it's such a good show ?? And how could take ????them???? away especially before pride month ?? pic.twitter.com/UMnb2VMPYE
— ☀️ Léa ︽✵︽ (@leatiredpanda) May 27, 2023
Disney has yet to comment on that particular claim, but the entertainment giant previously said that the removal of content from its streaming services is part of its cost-cutting plans. TV shows and films that are removed from Disney+ and Hulu are those that had poor streaming performances on the platforms.
“As we grow the business in terms of the global footprint, we realized that we made a lot of content that is not necessarily driving sub growth,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said recently. “And we’re getting much more surgical about what it is we make. So as we look to reduce content spin, we’re looking to reduce it in a way that should not have any impact at all on SOPs. We believe that there’s an opportunity for us to focus more on real sub drivers.”
According to BamSmackPow, Disney+ said its content removal is part of its parent company’s “strategic change”, which reportedly brings about an “impairment charge of approximately $1.5 to $1.8 billion.”
Where to watch Marvel’s Runaways
Unfortunately for fans, as of May 31st, 2023, Marvel’s Runaways is not available on any streaming services. But all three seasons of the series can be bought digitally on Apple TV, Google Play, and Vudu. Seasons 1 and 3 of the show are also available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video. The last two seasons of the show can also be purchased on Microsoft Store.
Is it common for shows to be removed from streaming services without any warning?
In the past year, it has become common for shows to be dumped by streaming services without any notice at all.
Will other Marvel TV shows on Disney+ face removal in the future?
It’s possible that other Marvel TV shows on Disney+ could face removal in the future as part of Disney’s cost-cutting plans.
Is the Runaways TV how in the MCU?
Marvel’s Runaways is believed to be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but it’s not explicitly mentioned in the show. There are a few references to the MCU, such as the mention of the Avengers and the Battle of New York, but these references are never confirmed, leading to some debate about whether or not Runaways is actually canon.
IBack in 2019, former Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb said that Runaways was “connected” to the MCU, but he did not say how. This has led some fans to believe that Runaways is actually set in an alternate universe of the MCU.
Is Marvel’s Runaways canon?
There’s no clear answer to this question as Marvel has not made an official statement on the matter. Ultimately, it is up to the viewers to decide whether or not they believe the show is canon
Here are some pieces of evidence that support the claim that Runaways is canon to the MCU:
- The show takes place in Los Angeles, the same city where many of the MCU films are set.
- The show references the Avengers and the Battle of New York, two major events in the MCU.
However, there are also some things that suggest that Runaways is not set in the MCU:
- The show never explicitly mentions the MCU.
- The show’s events do not seem to line up with the events of the MCU films.
- The tone and style of Runaways are different from the tone and style of the MCU films.
Will there be a season 4 of Runaways?
No, there will not be a season 4 of Marvel’s Runaways. The third season of the show was released in 2019 and was the final season. The show’s showrunner, Josh Schwartz, had said that he was happy with the way the show ended and that he does not have any plans to continue it.
In 2022, Rhenzy Feliz, who plays Alex Wilder in the show, said that he regrets knowing season 4’s canceled storyline. This suggests that the show was originally planned to have a fourth season, but that it was canceled before it could be made.
There have been some rumors that a Runaways movie could be in development. While that sounds exciting, especially for fans of the series, there has been no official confirmation of this.
Did Runaways have an ending?
No, Marvel’s Runaways didn’t have a conclusive ending. The final moment of the series finale features a cliffhanger ending, in which Alex finds a note from a future version of himself that told him to “Infiltrate Innovators, hide Mancha (Diego Boneta) and kill Nico (Lyrica Okano ).” Since the show was not renewed for a fourth season, fans will never know for sure what Alex will do.
The show’s ending was met with mixed reactions from fans. Some fans were disappointed that the show was canceled, and they were also disappointed with the cliffhanger ending. Others were happy with the ending, and they felt that it was a fitting conclusion to the show.
Complete list of removals from Disney+ and Hulu
According to Gizmodo, here are the following shows that were removed from Disney+ and Hulu as of May 26th, 2023:
- America the Beautiful
- Among the Stars
- Artemis Fowl
- Be Our Chef
- Behind the Magic: The Making of Willow
- Best In Snow
- Best In Dough
- Better Nate Than Never
- Beyond Infinity: Buzz and the Journey to Lightyear
- Big Shot
- Black Beauty
- Black Narcissus
- Chasing Waves
- Chasing Virgins
- Cheaper by the Dozen (2022)
- Chef vs Wild
- Chorus: Success, Here We Go!
- Club Mickey Mouse
- Conversations with Friends
- Damned Fate
- Darby And The Dead
- Diary of a Future President
- Disney Fairy Tale Weddings
- DisneyNature – Penguins – Life On The Edge
- DisneyNature – In the Footsteps of Elephants
- DisneyNature – Diving With Dolphins
- Earth To Ned
- Everything’s Trash
- Family Reboot
- Fearless: The Inside Story of the AFLW
- Flora & Ulysses
- Future Man
- Gina Yei
- Hache: Let’s Not Talk About It
- Harmonious Live!
- Hollywood Stargirl
- The Hip Hop Nutcracker!
- It Was Not My Fault
- It’s A Dog’s Life With Bill Farmer
- It’s All Right!
- Just Beyond
- Keep This Between Us
- Little Demon
- Looking for Alaska
- Love In The Time Of Corona
- Love Trip Paris
- Low Tone Club
- Magic Camp
- Marvel 616
- Marvel’s The Runaways
- Marvel’s Project Hero
- Mask vs Knight
- The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
- More Than Robots!
- Motherland Fort Salem
- The Mysterious Benedict Society
- On Pointe
- Own The Room
- Pentatonix: Around The World For The Holidays
- Pick Of The Litter
- Prime Time
- Prop Culture
- Queen Family Sing-Along
- Race To The Center Of The Earth
- Rogue Trip
- Shop Class
- Super / Natural
- The Big Fib
- The Bomber
- The Cry of the Butterflies
- The Come Up
- The Deep End
- The Heartthrob: TV Changed, He Didn’t
- The Heir: The Freestyle Dynasty
- The Hot Zone – Seasons 1 & 2
- The Next Thing You Eat
- The One And Only Ivan
- The Premise
- The Princess
- The Quest
- The Right Stuff
- The Real Right Stuff
- The World According To Jeff Goldblum
- Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
- Together as One: Celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage – A Soul of a Nation Presentation
- Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller
- Turner & Hooch (Series)
- Wilderness of Error
- Y: The Last Man