If you're a Marvel fan, then 2017 has probably felt like one big holiday to you because every time we turn around the MCU is gifting us with another glimpse into its thrilling world. On top of the many larger-than-life theatrical releases and action-packed Netflix originals that have come out this year, though, there is still more to look forward to from Marvel, including the highly anticipated Justice League film and MCU's first collab with Hulu: Runaways. As with any Marvel project, there is a lot to look forward to, but the Marvel's Runaways' cast is the part that already has me hooked.
Like I said, this year has been great for superhero fans; it all started with Logan back in March, and before long, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Thor: Ragnarok all had Marvel diehards running to the theaters; on top of that, Netflix has released several new binge-able collabs with Marvel this year including Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher. While each of these projects has its own entertaining storyline, they all have one thing in common: amazing characters. Runaways might be Hulu's first attempt at a Marvel adaptation, but, if the characters are any indication, it probably won't be the last.
The show is based on the comic books of the same name and it tells the story of six kids forced to team up when they realize their parents are members of a murderous cult known as the "Pride." After seeing the Pride in action, the six teens band together to learn more about the cult. Obviously, these six characters make up the bulk of the show's action, so it's worth getting to know them before you dive in.
Alex is played by Rhenzy Feliz, and he is the most level-headed of the six Runaways.
"Alex is the self-appointed leader of the group," says Justin Schwartz, one of the show's creators. "He's definitely more of the nerdier type, more of a loner, more tech-based. He gets all of the Star Wars references in the show."
On his character, Rheny Feliz tells The Hollywood Reporter,
Nico is played by Lyrica Okano, and she's the goth of the group. "She's the Wiccan Goth girl," Schwartz says about Nico, "She keeps everybody at arm's length, but is hiding a very big heart. She doesn't say much when we meet her."
On what her character represents on the show, Lyrica Okano says,
Karolina, played by Virginia Gardner, is the girl who seems to have everything...from the outside, that is. Her parents are accomplished members of the Church of Gibborim, and Karolina seems to be their perfect daughter.
"Karolina is an angelic, smiling, happy daughter of the charismatic leader of a church and a movement," says Schwartz. "She's the millennial face of that church, who seems like everything she does is perfect and everything she does is #blessed. She actually feels a lot more like a prisoner inside of her own family."
On top of Karolina's already interesting arc in Runaways, she is an openly gay character. On playing Karolina and portraying her sexuality, Gardner tells The Hollywood Reporter,
Of course, every group has its jock, and Chase Stein, played by Gregg Sulkin, is ours.
"On the surface, he seems like your classic lax bro," says Schwartz, but, ultimately, "He's smarter than he wants other people to know, and he's hiding a darker family secret that he doesn't want people to know."
Apparently, Chase's dad is the worst member of the Pride, which makes for a really tense relationship between the two. On playing Chase, Sulkin says,
Gert Yorkes, played by Ariela Barer, is a purple-haired "sarcastic social justice warrior," in the words of Josh Schwartz.
According to the actress who plays her,
The character also deals with anxiety, so Barer hopes her portrayal will help remove the stigma surrounding mental illness. "This is going to sound so cheesy," the actress says, "but even though Gert has anxiety, anxiety doesn't have her."
Molly Hernandez, played by Allegra Acosta, is a bit different from the comic book version. Indeed, the character's name and background were changed, because of legal issues with Fox's X-Men. That doesn't mean were not in for a badass character, though; on the character Molly, Acosta says,
The actress continues,
No matter who your fave is, you have to agree, they're all badass. You can stream Marvel's Runaways first three episodes starting Nov. 21 on Hulu.