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Future Man could pull a Marty McFly if Hulu green lights a third season

By Benjamin Bullard
Future Man S2 via official YouTube 2019

One of the joys of Hulu’s Future Man is its not-so-subtle comedic take on time-honored sci-fi tropes — especially the ones forged in the sci-fi movies of the 1980s. From the fate-changing power of that one special video game to the simple convention of being stranded by time travel, the show doesn’t hide its affection for all the fun genre ideas it freely borrows (and makes fun of).

If there’s anything that co-creators Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir love more than the ‘80s, it’s hard to tell from watching (and laughing through) the show’s first season. With Wolf (Derek Wilson) swapping his humanity-saving mission to wear sunglasses at night and party like it’s 1999, the me decade had a strong grip on Future Man’s first 13 episodes.

Now that Season 2 has finally landed at Hulu, fans may already be hoping for news on whether Future Man will be getting a third crack at finding that elusive cure that saves the world. The showrunners recently told Metro they don’t know the answer yet — but they sound eager to dive back into executive producer Seth Rogen’s irreverent flavor of sci-fi slapstick, saying they have a Marty McFly-worthy road map for where they’d want to take the show in Season 3.

“We actually have a pretty good idea of how the entire structure of next season might go if we get another season,” Hunter said. “We've always leaned heavily into the nostalgia of some of our favorite sci-fi movies and TV shows, the ones that we've grown up with. Back to the Future is one of the big ones. So we might just follow that trilogy and spend some time in the Old West next season. Who knows?”

Wilson, whose all-in performance as Wolf made him a Season 1 fan favorite, said the creative team has shared its Season 3 ideas, and — hachi machi! — the cast is“gung ho for it.”

“No pun intended, but we kind of 'future trip' on this show all the time and talk about where it could go in Season 3,” Wolf said. “… I already know where they would take it if it happens, and I'm very excited about the possibility. We all are.”

While they wait for news of the show’s fate, fans can finally get back to Future Man with the arrival of 13 all-new episodes. Warp over to Hulu now to catch Wolf, Tiger (Eliza Coupe), and Josh (Josh Hutcherson) as they hopelessly — and hilariously — grope their way through Season 2’s trippy new timeline.