The Runaways are coming to Hulu, maybe bringing their pet dinosaur and a series filled with angst with them. Little is known about Marvel and Hulu’s new joint pet project right now, but here’s everything we do know, compiled for your convenience.
Marvel announced the six Runaways on February 2. While no one can be sure yet how closely the characters’s personalities and powers will follow those of their comic counterparts, they look to be pretty spot-on so far.
Rhenzy Feliz (Casual) will play Alex Wilder, an introverted child genius with crime lords for parents who enjoys video games and would rather not be involved in all this craziness most of the time. Lyrica Okano (The Affair) has been cast as Nico Minoru, a magic-wielder in the comics and the daughter of two very dangerous spellcasters (her mother actually made an appearance in Doctor Strange). Nico’s everything you’ve ever wanted from a stereotypically goth character, attitude and all.
The mysterious and seemingly perfect Karolina Dean will be portrayed by Virginia Gardner (Goat). Marvel’s official Runaways announcement promises that her “privilege and perfection” are simply surface-level. In Marvel’s comics, Karolina is an alien with the abilities to fly and manipulate solar energy, so there’s that. Ariela Barer (New Girl) has been cast as Gert Yorkes, a modern-day Riot Grrrl with purple hair and is described by Marvel as a “brash social justice warrior.” She’s got a telepathic link to a genetically engineered dinosaur named Old Lace from the 87th Century in The Runaways comics.
“High school heartthrob” Chase Stein will be played by former Disney child Gregg Sulkin (Faking It). Chase has a bit of a “dumb jock” reputation and is often beaten up by his own father for not being more interested in science, but the one thing he did inherit was his dad’s aptitude for engineering. He’s a secret whiz kid.
Lastly, and holding the most drastic change from the comics, is Allegra Acosta (100 Things to do Before High School) as Molly Hernandez (originally Molly Hayes in the comics). Molly’s the baby of the group in the comics at just 11 years old, though it really looks like they’re aging her up for Hulu’s new project. Molly is a mutant with super strength as a contrast to her superpowered parents’ telepathy.
It will be truly entertaining teenage television.
The behind-the-scenes folks already attached to Runaways are looking promising as well. Co-showrunners and writers Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, Chuck) and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle) will executive produce alongside Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of television and the man pulling the strings on all of Marvel’s Netflix projects. Jim Chory and Lis Rowinski will be joining them as producers.
Runaways is, not surprisingly, a co-production with ABC, which is owned by Disney, who owns Marvel Studios. It’s all one big web of who-owns-what, but at the end of the day, ABC made Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, so it’s dealt with comic fodder before.
What’s up with the plot?
Sorry, kids. Nothing to see here as of right now.
Is there a release date?
Nope. An official release date has not been set for Runaways, but IMDb has it labeled as being expected in 2018.