Marvel 'Runaways' Show Casts Its Children of Supervillains

Thursday, 02 February 2017 - 7:24PM
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Thursday, 02 February 2017 - 7:24PM
Marvel 'Runaways' Show Casts Its Children of Supervillains
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It wasn't a huge surprise - in fact, it was only a matter time - when Hulu announced they were creating a Marvel series to compete with the Netflix powerhouses of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, etc.

That Hulu show was Runaways, based on the Eisner Award-winning comic series by Brian K. Vaughan (writer of hit comic series Saga), which followed a group of teenagers who "run away" after learning they're all sons and daughters of dangerous supervillains. And of course, they learn they've inherited their parents' superpowers as well.

But that initial announcement was last summer, and Marvel finally announced that they have a full cast, which means production should be following quite soon. The character descriptions admittedly play up the teen drama archetypes, but these are just kids (whereas most of the MCU is well over 30) so hopefully these are just starting points the characters will grow from. We'll see. And the press release gives no mention of their superpowers or much info on the parents, but we'll assume they're keeping their comic powers/parents until told otherwise.

Rhenzy Feliz (Teen Wolf, Casual) will play Alex Wilder, a nerdy loner who's the son of a mafia boss; Lyrica Okano (The Affair) will play Nico Minoru, a Wiccan goth-type who "embodies teen angst" and is the daughter of dark wizards; Virginia Gardner (Goat) plays Karolina Dean, whose "model perfect exterior" and privilege hides some sort of secret (in the comics, it's that she's an alien).

Ariela Barer (New Girl) plays Gert Yorkes, a purple-haired riot grrl who's the daughter of time travelers (and in the comics, she has a dinosaur); Gregg Sulkin (Faking It) is Chase Stein, a lacrosse-playing heartthrob who's unfairly written off as a dumb jock since he's inherited his mad scientist parents' smarts; and Allegra Acosta (Just Add Magic) is the young and "peppy" Molly Hernandez who happens to be the daughter of mutants.

It's a crew of mostly new actors, with only Sulkin having some major roles behind him as a lead on MTV's Faking It. But Vaughan of the award-winning 2003 series is onboard as an executive consultant, and he seems very pleased with what Marvel Television has done so far:
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"I'm so excited for fans of the comic to watch this perfect cast of amazing actors, all of whom embody the spirit of their characters more than I ever could have imagined."
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There's currently no set release date for Marvel's Runaways on Hulu.

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