Report: Runaways to add more comic characters, race against the clock in Season 2

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Aug 2, 2018, 3:25 PM EDT

Season 2 of Marvel’s Runaways is about to pick up the pace right where the first season of Hulu’s binge-worthy series left off, with a new sense of urgency and the introduction of more characters from the comics.

That’s the promise of Runaways showrunner and executive producer Josh Schwartz, who told the press during a recent set visit that the show’s story turned a corner with Season 1’s ending, which finally finds the runaways out in the mean streets of L.A., sheltering underground and learning, for the first time, to survive completely on their own.

“It’s going to accelerate,” Schwartz said, via Deadline. “We are now running with our kids. Our focus shifts to these kids and trying to survive in the streets… there’s a greater sense of tension and momentum in keeping with where we are in this part of the story.”

Even though Season 2 reportedly will kick off just one day after the end of Season 1, it promises to introduce even more characters (on the runaways side) from the comics, Schwartz hinted. But beyond that tidbit, he remained understandably coy about who’ll come along to contribute to the group dynamic.

“There are some characters who appear in the book who are appearing in Season 2, which we are very excited about but we obviously can't talk about," Schwartz said, via USA Today.

The “runaway” theme will really come into its own as the parents begin tracking down their wayward, superpowered teens, he added. Season 2 brings the urgency of a “ticking clock that requires them to find their kids before something catastrophic potentially could occur,” said Schwartz, via Deadline.

Not that the kids want that kind of attention — after all, the grown ups’ sinister intent is what drove them to strike out on their own in the first place. Season 1 ended with the revelation that the adults operate under a devil’s bargain of sorts with the evil Jonah (Julian McMahon), the mysterious figure (who may or may not be human) obsessed with holding power over immortality. Looking at the comic for inspiration, there's still plenty of material to mine.

Hulu hasn’t yet revealed a release date for Season 2, but we’re expecting the first of the new season’s 13 episodes (up from last season’s 10) to hit the service before the end of 2018.