A list of trivia related to Runaways.
References to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
- WHiH World News appears in several episodes.
- Alex Wilder's room at Wilder Mansion has Pez dispensers that includes Iron Man, Captain America and Spider-Man, as shown in several episodes from the first season.
- Culver University appears in a flashback from the episode Refraction.
- In Rock Bottom, Hudson Rubbish & Disposal appears after previous appearances in the MCU TV series Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
- A Roxxon Corporation billboard appears in the episodes Past Life and Big Shot.
- Wakanda is mentioned in the episode Big Shot.
- There was a planned crossover with the MCU TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in season two but it was discarded.
- The series also features the Dark Dimension.
- The Darkhold appears in the third season.
- Cloak and Dagger from their titular series of the same name appear in the third season of the show.
- Time Travel is depicted in the series differently than Avengers: Endgame, but connects with what Karl Mordo said in Doctor Strange about the possible consequences of time travelling which includes erasing yourself from existence, thus rewriting the timeline.
References to Marvel Comics
- Characters from Marvel Comics adapted into the show as main cast during its first season are the Runaways (Alex Wilder, Nico Minoru, Karolina Dean, Chase Stein, Gert Yorkes, and Molly Hayes) and the PRIDE (Catherine & Geoffrey Wilder, Tina & Robert Minoru, Leslie & Frank Dean, Dale & Stacey Yorkes, and Janet & Victor Stein).
- The second season introduced two characters from the comics: Topher and Xavin.
- The character of Molly Hernandez is based on Molly Hayes. The original Molly Hayes was a white mutant and, due to 20th Century Fox owning the rights to the X-Men at the time before Disney bought said former company and by extension the term "mutant", her powers and origins are explained differently. Additionally, the ethnicity of Molly is changed from white to Hispanic including a last name change from Hayes to the Latina derived surname of Hernandez.
- The code PRIDE uses when they have an extreme emergency, TSUNAMI, is a reference to the imprint in which the Runaways comic book debuted.
- The character of Vaughn Kaye is an easter egg to Runaways creator and original writer, Brian K. Vaughan.
- The character of Alphona is an easter egg to Runaways co-creator and original artist, Adrian Alphona.
- The name of Atlas Academy is an easter egg to Atlas Comics, the publishing label that evolved into Marvel Comics.
- Runaways initially began as a movie in development by Marvel Studios. However, the project was abandoned and replaced by Guardians of the Galaxy in Phase Two.
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