The streaming service Hulu will throw their hat into the superhero TV ring with the upcoming debut of their new series Marvel's Runaways, although it will have one big difference from other shows. During an interview at the TCA summer tour, showrunner Josh Schwartz revealed in an interview that these young Marvel heroes won't be going up against any sort of traditional villains. Here's what the showrunner had to say, when asked how he's mentioned before that the show features no central antagonist.
"Well, sure. Obviously, the parents (a.k.a. The Pride) are the villains in some regard. That's the premise. But I think what we want to be able to do is delve into those characters and realize that everybody is kind of flawed, perhaps, but that there are no cliched mustache-twirling bad guys who are just out for world domination. ...Kids rebel and don't always want to listen to their parents, and sometimes it's because they shouldn't. And parents do things because they think they know better or they're looking out for their kids best interests, whether or not they're right or they share the same values as their kids."
Stephanie Savage, who is serving as co-showrunner alongside her longtime collaborator Josh Schwartz, revealed to IGN that everybody on this show, both the parents and children, is "doing what they're doing for a reason." Both Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are perhaps best known for creating the iconic series The O.C., which helped launch the careers of actors such as Ben McKenzie, Adam Brody, Rachel Bilson and Mischa Barton. During the show's TCA panel, executive producer Jeph Loeb, who also produces Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist for Netflix, described the show as "The O.C. of the Marvel Universe," and when asked what he thought of that statement, Josh Schwartz had this to say.
"Well, I think it means treating the problems of teenagers as if they are adults. And I think for us, we wanted it to feel true and authentic to the teenage experience, even in this heightened context. Which makes sense since The O.C. sort of had a heightened concept too, but it still felt relatable to those who were watching it. And similar to The O.C. where we'd surprise people by how important the parent storylines would be, which was unexpected for a lot of people, we're taking the same approach here. For us, the ability to open up the show and dig into the adult characters, the members of The Pride, the same way we do for the Runaways themselves, I think it'll surprise viewers. And those who've read the comic too. It was something that we talked to Brian K. Vaughan about early and it was something he was excited to participate in."
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. The Runaways cast includes Rhenzy Feliz as Alex Wilder, Lyrica Okano as Nico Minoru, Virginia Gardner as Karolina Dean, Ariela Barer as Gert Yorkes, Gregg Sulkin as Chase Stein and Allegra Acosta as Molly Hernandez. Representing their parents, known as The Pride, are Annie Wersching and Kip Pardue as Karolina's parents, Leslie and Frank Dean, Ryan Sands and Angel Parker as Alex's parents, Geoffrey and Catherine Wilder, James Yaegashi and Brittany Ishibashi as Nico's parents, Robert and Tina Minoru, Kevin Weisman and Brigid Brannagh as Gert's parents, Dale and Stacey Yorkes, and James Marsters ad Ever Carradine as Chase's parents, Victor and Janet Stein.
Marvel's Runaways is dapted from the Marvel comic book by Brian K. Vaughan and executive produced by Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. Runaways is produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature. The series has been slated for a November 21 premiere on the Hulu streaming service, so hopefully a new Runaways trailer will surface soon.