After several months of waiting, Hulu made the official announcement today that Marvel’s Runaways has been picked up to series. Runaways marks as one of several new Marvel shows that is coming for the next TV season, including Cloak & Dagger and The Inhumans.
“Every teenager thinks their parents are evil. What if you found out they actually were? “Marvel’s Runaways” is the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe–their parents.”
Marvel’s Runaways stars Rhenzy Feliz (Teen Wolf, Casual) as Alex Wilder, Lyrica Okano (The Affair) as Nico Minoru, Virginia Gardner (Little Bitches) as Karolina Dean, Ariela Barer (New Girl) as Gert Yorkes, Gregg Sulkin (Faking It) as Chase Stein and Allegra Acosta (100 Things to do Before High School) as Molly Hernandez.
The series also stars the villainous group The Pride which consists of Kip Pardue (ER) as Frank Dean, Ryan Sands (The Wire) as Geoffrey Wilder, Angel Parker (The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story) as Catherine Wilder, Brittany Ishibashi (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows) as Tina Minoru, James Yaegashi (Madame Secretary) as Robert Minoru, Kevin Weisman (Alias) as Dale Yorkes, Brigid Brannagh (Army Wives) as Stacey Yorkes, Annie Wersching (The Vampire Diaries) as Leslie Dean, James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Victor Stein and Ever Carradine (The Handmaids Tale) as Janet Stein.
Marvel’s Runaways is set to come to Hulu, with no set release date as of yet.
Who Are The Runaways? Meet Marvel TV’s Newest Superheroes
Runaways has been one of Marvel’s breakout new heroes of the early 2000s. Created by comic book writer and screenwriter Bria K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina (the comic), Lost, Under The Dome, and many others), Runaways told a tale of a group of young kids who find out that their parents are supervillains. Now every teen thinks that their parents are at least marginally evil. It just happens to really be the case for them.
Their parents are a part of a group called The Pride, a Los Angeles-based criminal syndicate consisting of mutants, aliens, magicians, time travelers, and scientists, who are helping a group called Gibborim bring about the end of the world. While they do that, they pretty much run the West Coast, completely under the radar from groups like The Avengers, X-Men, and everyone else. Their children discover them committing a heinous act and decide to “run away” (hence the title) and try to bring their parents to justice.
Adapting Runaways has been something that everyone has clamored for since it first was a comic. The writing was pretty much made for a TV or a film, as it captured teen angst very well, and also gave some very interesting characters. Because they are on the West Coast, it gave a taste of California live in the Marvel Universe as well, as most characters are on the East Coast, specifically New York. After Iron Man was released to acclaim kicking off the MCU, development for a Runaways movie began. However, it did not come through as Marvel Studios concentrated on the Avengers and all the films that followed.
Fans thought we would never see an adaptation of the Runaways, however, that all changed when it was announced that Hulu would be bringing them to the streaming service. The series would have Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl) serving as the showrunners. Tamara Becher, who is a writer for the upcoming Netflix “Defenders” show Iron Fist would serve as one of the writers for the show. Most recently, the production and filming dates for Runaways has been announced, and the cast for the show was finally revealed.
With the Runaways show now on track, just who are these runaways? Let’s take a look at the characters. Click Next to take a look.