WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Marvel's Runaways Season 2, streaming now on Hulu.
The second season of Marvel's Runaways forced the teens to grow up in a big way. No longer using their parents' resources, and officially on the lam from the police, they also had to fend off a reborn Jonah, as well as his Gibborim family members, now free from their long-buried spaceship.
With the finale seeing the Pride torn apart, the Runaways now a few members short, and Jonah 2.0 looking for more human sacrifices to preserve his family, we're left with questions that still require answers.
WHAT'S UP WITH NICO'S STAFF?
When Nico used the Staff of One to disintegrate Anthony "AWOL" Wall and his rogue cops, her eyes become cracked with a distinct purple coloration, similar to that of Kaecilius and his followers in 2016's Doctor Strange. She admits later that she felt like a different, darker person when she wielded it, and tries to refrain from using it thereafter. However, she's left with no choice, as she has to stop Pride and Jonah, which culminates in a brutal fight at Pride headquarters in the season finale.
There, Nico once again uses the staff to tap into what we assume is a supernatural realm, leaving her father, Robert, badly wounded. Her mother Tina mentions she's seen eyes like Nico's before, and tells her husband there's much about the Staff of One she never told him. That leaves us to wonder about the staff's magical abilities, especially given that, in Season 1, Tina said the weapon was more science-based.
Tina may have been lying about the staff's nature, because its powers increased dramatically as Nico used it more. Seeing that it draws her blood, we'd like to know whether that means she's made a pact with a demon without even realizing it. We already saw the staff used in Doctor Strange by Agamotto's disciples, but with Runaways seemingly ignoring film history, it remains to be seen what the connection maybe be between the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Dark Dimension and Nico's ancestors.
IS LESLIE'S BABY THE PRINCE?
When we learn Leslie Dean is pregnant, the only two candidates for fatherhood are Frank and Jonah. But as the shape-shifting Xavin confirmed, the child possesses Jonah's alien royal blood, and so we assume the child is a human-alien hybrid, like Karolina.
However, with Jonah possessing Victor Stein's body in the finale, his mysterious Gibborim wife taking up residence in Stacey Yorke, and his daughter using Tina as a host, we find out they've lost the royal prince. No one knows whose body Jonah's son inhabits, but his wife reveals that if it was one of the parents in Pride, they'd have known. That leads to speculation "Brother," as Tina calls him, could be in one of the Runaways, but seeing as Leslie's pregnancy is rapidly progressing, could he have actually possessed her unborn baby?
WHAT WAS JONAH'S FAMILY FLEEING?
In the comics (where Frank Dean, and not Jonah, was her biological father) Karolina's parents were criminals who fled the planet Majesdane and crashed on Earth, and eventually brokered a deal with the Skrulls to attack their home world and cleanse it in preparation for their eventual return. It's different on the show, of course, but the planet from which Jonah's family escaped could well be Majesdane.
But why did they leave their world, and from whom are they running? If Jonah really is of royal blood, given his tendency to manipulate and scheme, it could be he tried to seize power. However, that he's been focused over the course of two seasons on returning with his family to their home makes it difficult to suss out their initial motives.
Now streaming on Hulu, Marvel’s Runaways Season 2 stars Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, Allegra Acosta, Angel Parker, Ryan Sans, Annie Wersching, Kip Pardue, Ever Carradine, James Marsters, Brigid Brannagh, Kevin Weisman, Brittany Ishibashi and James Yaegashi.