Watch 'Marvel's Runaways' on Hulu tomorrow, November 21!

We’re less than 24 hours away from the debut of “Marvel’s Runaways” on Hulu! It’s time to meet the third family that are at the core of this adventurous series. (Be sure to read up on the Wilders and the Minorus!)

The Steins are scientists; an essential part of the villainous Pride. Marvel.com talked to Gregg Sulkin, who plays Chase Stein; Ever Carradine, who plays Janet Stein; and James Marsters, who plays Victor Stein, about the intensity of the Stein family dynamics.

Janet Stein (Ever Carradine) and Victor Stein (James Marsters)

“Janet Stein is a mom and a homemaker,” shared Carradine. “Her job outside of Pride is to be a PTA mom, a good mom and wife, and kind of keep it all together. As any stay-at-home mom knows, sometimes that’s a harder full-time job than getting to go to work every single day.”

“They do a really good job of showing that there is an emotional toll,” Carradine relating how showrunners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage were key in showing how Janet’s world was built into her character.

On the other end of the spectrum, Victor Stein is the more disengaged of the couple. “Victor is an engineer and an industrialist,” Marsters revealing how Victor’s intensity factored into the character’s personality. “He is trying to make money, but he’s also trying to save the world. He’s not unlike others who’ve come before him; he’s not unlike Henry Ford, or Steve Jobs, or Elon Musk.”

“He is going to be the one to fire you if you are not doing a good job,” Marsters explained. “He’s going to be the one to push his team very hard, and push himself very hard. You can’t move the ball very far if you’re soft. He’s not concentrating on being liked at all. He’s concentrating on saving the world, and if he has to break some eggs, that’s fine.”

“The Pride has painted themselves pretty solidly in a corner,” noted Carradine. “They’re trying to keep their family safe, while maybe maneuvering their way out of the giant Pride corner that they’re painted into.”

Chase Stein (Gregg Sulkin)

Due to the elder Stein’s focus, the relationship with his son is strained. Sulkin discussed the complexities of the father/son relationship. “For Chase, his relationship with his parents is very interesting and very complex. At the start, he does not have a good relationship with his father. As the show continues, you’ll see Chase’s deep, deep love for his father, but he also, at the same time, knows that this man is an evil person, and he’s actually causing harm.”

“It leaves Chase in a very delicate position and situation throughout the season,” continued Sulkin. “But, at the end of the day, blood is thicker than water, and so Chase will always remember that.”

As for Victor and Janet’s relationship with each other? “Our relationship with each other is strained,”Carradine discussed frankly. “Like a lot of couples who have been together a long time, there is pressure to stay committed to one another because of the Pride—there’s a history—and our son.”

“People’s true colors shine through—when something bad happens—and that’s exactly the case with the kids,” reflected Sulkin. “We find out that our parents are evil, and we only have one choice, which is obviously to stop that from happening, and stop what they’re doing from continuing.”

“Over the course of the first season, you’ll realize that yes, things have happened in the past. Yes, we’re not very close,” Sulkin added. “But at the same time, we have to act as a team whether we like each other or not. Friendships, and maybe romances, can blossom along the way.”

Get ready to run and learn more about the Steins when “Marvel’s Runaways” premieres its first three episodes exclusively on Hulu November 21! Be sure to follow @Runaways on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Runaways” Facebook page!

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Writer Rainbow Rowell details Karolina's headspace in the new series.

We’re coming up to the three-issue mark of Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park, Carry On) and Kris Anka’s (ALL-NEW X-MEN, CAPTAIN MARVEL) RUNAWAYS series and things are only becoming more trying for our favorite band of young heroes. They’re not the tight-knit family they once were with some of them (cough Karolina cough) just wanting to live normal lives away from all that world-saving stuff. They’re the same characters, but definitely not the same people. What does that mean exactly? Marvel.com caught up with super Runaways fan and writer Rainbow Rowell to discuss the answer to that very question and much, much more.

Marvel.com: So we’re nearly three issues into your debut Marvel series. What’s it been like so far?

Rainbow Rowell: EXCITING. I’ve been working on RUNAWAYS for almost a year now and it‘s been such a long wait to actually share this story. All those months knowing the kids were coming back and not being able to tell anyone… It feels so good to finally be able to talk to other RUNAWAYS fans! That’s one weird thing – being a fan and also the writer. Like, obviously, as a fan, I wanted Gert back. But, as the writer, it was my responsibility to bring her back in a way that felt right and real.

Marvel.com: In Issue #3 itself, we find a Karolina Dean who is complacent with just being a college student. What’s her journey been like since discovering her extraterrestrial origins to now?

Rainbow Rowell: Well, I wouldn’t call her complacent! I think she’s the only Runaway with any direction at the beginning of this arc. She’s in school, she’s in therapy, and she’s in a healthy relationship. Karolina has always been so generous, so willing to sacrifice herself. But her good intentions have backfired on her. She rushed into an arranged marriage to save her home planet –and then her wedding led to her planet’s destruction. That’s a lot of guilt and shame to carry. Someone else might bury those feelings and let them fester. But Karolina wants to process them. She wants to be a good person – a functioning person.

Marvel.com: What kind of arguments can we expect the other Runaways to make to convince her to join them?

Rainbow Rowell: I mean the biggest argument is just, “We’re a family.” Gert especially doesn’t understand how Karolina – or any of the other kids – could walk away from the Runaways.

 Marvel.com: Can you describe the thing keeping the Runaways together at this point and the headspace they’re at when one of them just wants to live a normal life without responsibilities?

Rainbow Rowell: Well, I think Karolina is in many ways the most responsible. Gert wants something that doesn’t exist anymore; she wants her gang back. She wants it to be us-against-the-world again. And Chase wants whatever Gert wants. He wants a do-over where she never died at all. Until Issue #3, Nico’s motivation is less clear. She seems unwilling to burst Gert’s bubble. I think Karolina comes in as the voice of reason: Things have changed, we’ve grown up, we can’t go backward.

Marvel.com: I gotta ask: What the heck is Chase keeping in his backpack and what are the Avengers gonna do about it?

Rainbow Rowell: What does Chase have in his backpack? My heart. This is a MAJOR SPOILER for anyone who hasn’t read Issue #2….At the end of that issue, the gang realized that the Avengers had sent Chase a box with Victor Mancha’s head inside. (Victor was killed in the VISION series by Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta, which you should read right now if you haven’t already. Victor is one of my favorite Marvel characters. He’s smart and kind and humble. He has this wonderful dry sense of humor. I was so hyped for him to be in this book that I went to the comic shop as soon it opened that Wednesday morning, just to see Victor’s face in print. And of course, in Kris Anka’s hands – with color by Matt Wilson – Victor looks breathtaking. Not just handsome – but real. I’m in awe of how good all these characters look. Somehow Kris makes them look exactly like themselves and also better than ever.

Check out Runaways #3 from Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka on November 8! And don’t miss “Marvel’s Runaways” debutting on Hulu this November 21!

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