Former Doctor Doom, Julian McMahon, joins Hulu's Runaways series

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Lucas Siegel
Aug 15, 2017

Julian McMahon is the latest addition to the cast of the highly-anticipated Marvel's Runaways on Hulu. The actor comes to the series in a new-to-the-show role of "Jonah," described in a press release as "a pivotal player in the Runaways' rebellion against their parents."

This is a return to Marvel Comics adaptations for McMahon, who portrayed Doctor Doom in the 2005 Fantastic Four movie and its sequel. The actor has been a genre mainstay throughout his career, also acting in SYFY's Childhood's End in 2015.

“We’re incredibly excited to add Julian to our exceptional cast and we can’t wait to see what he brings to the world of Marvel’s Runaways,” said Executive Producers and Showrunners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage in the release.

The biblical Jonah is often called the first Runaway. Jonah: 1 in the Bible tells the tale of him being appointed a prophet of the Lord, but running away instead; and of the punishment that was brought down upon him and those around him for his actions. In other words, if the name for McMahon's character was chosen for this reason, well, the kids might want to be careful trusting him too much.

In Marvel's Runaways, debuting Tuesday, Nov. 21 on Hulu, Marvel fans will meet six children of supervillains, who, when they find out who their parents really are, take to the road to figure out how to survive - and how to defeat the evil that is their own family. The series adapts the comics by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. McMahon joins a cast mixed between newcomers and genre veterans like James Marsters.

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