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Hulu’s Helstrom trailer introduces a Marvel superhero who’s the spawn of Satan

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Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Hulu released a trailer for its final Marvel Comics series, Helstrom, during the streaming network’s virtual San Diego Comic-Con panel. The show is based on the Marvel Comics character Daimon Hellstrom, originally known as the Son of Satan.

Helstrom (one L) seems to be downplaying the demonic connection, at least at first. The show follows Daimon (Tom Austen) and Ana (Sydney Lemmon), adult children of a serial killer who now spend their time grown up into detectives that hunt killers and demons. The first look at the series showed Daimon and Ana visiting their mother, who has been institutionalized in a very Hannibal Lecter style scenario.

Created in 1973 by Gary Friedrich and Jim Mooney, Daimon Hellstrom (two Ls) was part of a wave of occult-themed titles at Marvel Comics made possible by the weakening of the power of the Comics Code Authority. The CCA, an in-industry censorship board not unlike the MPAA, had previously banned all mentions of the occult — including vampires, werewolves, religious figures, etc. — in comics. Helstrom began fictional life as the son of actual Satan, but his father was later retconned to have just been, you know, a regular degular demon.

Helstrom will hit Hulu on Oct. 16, 2020, for a run of 10 episodes. For now, it’s the last Marvel TV series in the works that isn’t destined for a release on Disney Plus.

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