The 'Marvel's Runaways' star makes a dish alongside host Justin Warner!

On the newest episode of Marvel’s Eat the Universe, star of Marvel’s “Runaways” Lyrica Okano cooks up some okonomiyaki!

The Nico Minoru actor teams up with celebrity chef Justin Warner to craft the dish, whichmuch like the Runaways—gets its power from combining an eclectic mix into one cohesive whole.

Watch the episode above, then check out the recipe below to try it for yourself!

For the wet works:
-2 inches yamaimo/nagaimo (I haven’t tried it, but I bet using a regular potato will also work)
-2 eggs
-1 tsp mirin
-1/2 cup water

For the dry works:
-1 cup AP flour
-1 tsp baking powder
-2 tsp hon-dashi (dashi powder) (you can use chicken bouillon if hon dashi is not available)

For the filling:
-1lb kale
-1/2 lemon
-1/2 cup shredded chicken

For the noodles:
-1 portion yakisoba noodles
-1 TB okonomiyaki sauce (steak sauce isn’t a terrible substitute)
-2 TB vegetable oil

For the toppings:
-Aonori (seaweed flakes)
-Katsuoboshi (bonito flakes)
-Japanese mayo (or regular mayo, but I have my favorite Japanese mayo logo tattooed on me because it’s that good)
-Okonomiyaki sauce

Instructions:
Okonomiyaki basically means “cooked how you like it” so feel free to riff on the fillings and toppings to create your own super-team of savory pancake-y goodness.

Start by mixing together the wet works. Then, in a separate bowl, mix together the dry works. Set these aside for now. De-rib the kale by removing the tough stems. I personally think it’s very fun to do, so maybe you can task a kid with doing it.

Once the kale is de-ribbed, put it in a bowl with the juice of half a lemon. Rub and squeeze the kale until it is coated with lemon juice and the color brightens.

Add the wet works in to the dry works while stirring to make the pancake batter. Add the kale and chicken and stir once more to combine.

In a large pan over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, about 2 minutes, add the yakisoba noodles and okonomiyaki sauce and toss to cook the noodles. It’s okay if a few get stuck to the pan.

Corral the noodles in to a circle and pour the batter over top. Let the batter cook about 4-5 minutes. You might see some bubbling happen on the surface. Carefully, and I mean it, use the biggest spatula you have to flip the pancake. Hesitation will cost you here. Continue to cook until the batter is cooked through, about 4-5 more minutes. You can test this with a chopstick or toothpick by inserting it in the pancake. If it comes out with batter on it, it needs to keep cooking.

Once cooked, top how you’d like and devour!

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'Marvel's Runaways Original Score' by composer Siddhartha Khosla set for release on January 26!

Marvel Music is releasing the digital versions of two “Marvel’s Runaways albums.”  Out now, “Marvel’s Runaways” soundtrack features songs from the Hulu Original Series.  “Marvel’s Runaways Original Score” digital album by composer Siddhartha Khosla will be released on January 26.

The soundtrack features 12 licensed tracks including “All My Heroes” from Bleachers fronted by Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jack Antonoff, “May I Have this Dance”  by Francis and the Lights,  “Cane Shuga” by Glass Animals, “King Charles” by 19-year old UK singer/songwriter Yungblud (Dominic Harrison) and “Ocean Eyes” (Blackbear Remix) by 16-year old Billie Eilish. The music supervisor for the series is three time Grammy Award® nominee Alexandra Patsavas. Patsavas’ credits include “Gossip Girl” and “The O.C.,” all Shondaland series, and most recently completed “Wonder.”

The score is composed by film and television composer Siddhartha Khosla. Two tracks are included on the “Marvel’s Runaways” soundtrack, “Marvel’s Runaways” Main Title and “Gert’s Lullaby.”

Marvel’s Runaways” track list follows:

      1. “Marvel’s Runaways” Main Title – Siddhartha Khosla
      2. “May I Have This Dance” – Francis and the Lights
      3. “Cane Shuga” – Glass Animals
      4. “King Charles” (Clean) – Yungblud
      5. “Drinkee” – Sofi Tukker
      6. “Ocean Eyes” (Blackbear Remix) – Billie Eilish
      7. “Beat Goes On” – Lizzy Land
      8. “All My Heroes” – Bleachers
      9. “Antidote” (live version) – Emily Wells
      10. “Fuerza” (feat. Nani Castle) – Tony Quattro
      11. “Beyond a Mortal” – Austra
      12. “Long Life” – Bombadil
      13. “Blanket Me” – Hundred Waters
      14. “Gert’s Lullaby” – Siddhartha Khosla

    “Marvel’s Runaways” soundtrack is now available at digital retailers and streaming service HERE. “Marvel’s Runaways Original Score” digital album will be available on January 26.

    All 10 episodes of “Marvel’s Runaways” Season 1 can be watched now on Hulu. Be sure to follow @Runaways on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Runaways” Facebook page!

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Spoiler Alert! The actors discuss the events surrounding the Yorkes family in the Hulu series.

Warning: Full spoilers for the Season 1 finale for “Marvel’s Runaways” follow! Need to catch up? You can watch all the episodes now on Hulu!

In the season finale of “Marvel’s Runaways,” all of the parents made some big realizations about Jonah and the risk their kids were in as a result of his presence. Marvel.com spoke to Brigid Brannagh (“Stacey Yorkes”) and Kevin Weisman (“Dale Yorkes”) about the Yorkes’ actions and what could be next for them, especially as all the kids, Gert and Molly included, have run away.

Marvel: In the season finale, we got to see Dale and Stacey be proactive, stepping out and investigating things on their own. Was it fun to see these characters come out of their comfort zone a little here?

Brigid Brannagh: Yeah, one of the things that was really fun was when Jonah confronts us and says “Are you testing the DNA?” and we’re both like “No — Yes!”

Kevin Weisman: And you buck up against him and kind of really call him out. She’s the first one to really call him out and I’m like “No, no we shouldn’t do that to the all-powerful Jonah.”

Brigid Brannagh: But then you do it. You take the gun and you’re like “What about you?”

Kevin Weisman: We have some bravado deep in our bio-engineer/scientist/vulnerable nerd world. We’ve been talking about this a lot today, but we got into this organization, the Pride, to ostensibly do good things, to save the world. We’re altruistic people. We created a serum too help with PTSD and soldiers…

Brigid Brannagh: The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Kevin Weisman: And then eventually things go horribly awry. So I don’t think we’re these black and white characters, these villains. At the same time, we have to tow the party line, as it were. We’re good soldiers.

Brigid Brannagh: But now we’re rebels. We escape, standing up to Jonah… We steal the serum.

Kevin Weisman: We’re not really good soldiers.

Brigid Brannagh: We’re actually the worst!

Kevin Weisman: We care about our kids and their safety.

(L-R) Brigid Brannagh, Allegra Acosta and Kevin Weisman in “Marvel’s Runaways.”

Marvel: All the parents are worried for their kids’ safety and several unite by the end of the finale as far as being against Jonah. But there are also some big personalities here. Do you think the worry for their kids will get them through that or is it a concern that this is a combustible situation with members of the Pride?

Brigid Brannagh: Well I always wonder… Right now, it’s a worry for all of our kids, but I wonder if it’s “Oh no, my kid! Your kid can go down.” Because it didn’t go so well for the Hernandez family.

Kevin Weisman: I think that’s always hanging over our heads after what happened to the dear Hernandez family in episode nine, and who was behind it. I think that’s a major, major fear.

Brigid Brannagh: Even that, Leslie didn’t mean to put Molly in danger. There’s still that sense of protection for the kid. But will that change into only my kid?

Kevin Weisman: My main concern is that Dale survives into Season 2. I don’t care about anything else. Don’t even care about Stacy. Just Dale. Does Dale survive? [Laughs]

Brigid Brannagh: Oh, Mr. Weisman!

Kevin Weisman: No, I care about Stacey!

Marvel: The end of the season finale has the kids run away. For Stacey and Dale, they have two kids involved. Do you think that will send them especially into overdrive about, “Must protect. Must get them back.”

Brigid Brannagh: Absolutely. I would hope so. We don’t know exactly what’s coming but I’d think we’re going to try to do whatever we can.

Kevin Weisman: I think prior to this relationship turning south they had a very loving, open [relationship]. We see a bit of that in the pilot when we’re all in the car and we’re talking about her body changes and things. I have two daughters in actuality so I know it all. But I just think that we now are faced with a very real threat, while at the same time, our main goal is the protection of our two girls.

Brigid Brannagh: And not just their physical protection, but to keep that loving relationship. Even when we bring Molly to Gracile, it’s just heart wrenching that she hates us and is hurt by us.

Kevin Weisman: You played that really beautifully. She’s a really good actor, this one!

For more on “Marvel’s Runaways,” check out Marvel.com’s post-season interview with Ariela Barer and Allegra Acosta!

All 10 episodes of “Marvel’s Runaways” Season 1 can be watched now on Hulu. Be sure to follow @Runaways on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Runaways” Facebook page!

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Spoiler Warning! What could be next for Gert and Molly, as the first season wraps up on Hulu.

Warning: Full spoilers for the Season 1 finale for “Marvel’s Runaways” follows. Need to catch up? You can watch all the episodes now on Hulu!

The “Marvel’s Runaways” season finale debuted this week on Hulu, and in the wake of the big events that occurred — and helped set up the just-ordered Season 2 for the series! — Marvel.com spoke to stars Ariela Barer (“Gert Yorke”) and Allegra Acosta (“Molly Hernandez”) about what happened and what could be next for their characters.

Marvel.com: So, at the end, you guys… ran away! 

Ariela Barer: We did the thing!

Allegra Acosta: We did that one thing in the title!

Marvel.com: Were you excited by that – to see it all come to fruition?

Ariela Barer: Yeah. Even just the line that Rhenzy [Feliz] says. I took pictures of myself after reading it, crying. Because there’s just something about… It’s all the more impactful after what these characters have gone through for a full season. When it finally happens it’s this release, but this fear. What’s going to happen next? It gets your mind racing in a very exciting way.

Allegra Acosta: And it kind of ended on a cliffhanger, so it’s exciting!

Marvel.com: And they had some nice costume nods to the comics there as well. 

Ariela Barer: Karolina! That was amazing.

Allegra Acosta: That was gorgeous, with the star [on her shirt]. 

Marvel.com: Ariela, you had a very heartfelt scene with a dinosaur, which I imagine has to be a little difficult!

Ariela Barer: It wasn’t easy but it was very important to me. That plotline specifically for Gert with her anxiety is very important to me and her relationship with her dinosaur, which she refers to as her comfort dinosaur at one point, is so important to me. And that day I was on set with a wonderful director and crew. We had gotten so close and everyone there cared so much about that relationship at that point that the feeling was there on set. Even Rhenzy and Gregg [Sulkin] were watching. They weren’t even in the scene. They were just around because they wanted to be. It was lovely. It was a really great day.

(L-R) Allegra Acosta, Gregg Sulkin, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Rhenzy Feliz, and Ariela Barer in “Marvel’s Runaways.”

Marvel.com: At the end of the episode, they see this news report that’s been put out about them. It’s bad for all of them but I feel like maybe for Molly especially, it’s a tough situation. 

Allegra Acosta: “I’m not kidnapped. I would know.” I keep remembering that line from the finale! [Laughs] It’s exciting. It leads to new story and we get to follow into a very exciting, real set of us superhero kids who are runaways. It gives us our name! I remember watching episode nine and Rhenzy was like “How about the Runaways for all the kids we didn’t safe.” I was like, oh my god, hint hint!

Marvel.com: We see the parents side of things and that they do care about the kids. With the Yorkes specifically, there’s a lot to like and sympathize with, but they’ve also been a part of some bad stuff… 

Allegra Acosta: Not as intentionally, I think!

Marvel: True, not as intentionally! Do you think there’s hope for reconciliation there? 

Allegra Acosta: I don’t know… I love the parents and even though I don’t have my biological parents, it was really fun to see that side of Molly. It made it really interesting. It was good that they made that side and represented the kids who don’t have the set biological family that they can. It also made a good sister relationship with us. Just having that was really fun and hopefully for next season we can expand on that and explore those.

Marvel.com: I have to ask about Gert and Chase. Is she messing up a good thing here?

Ariela Barer: I don’t know… You saw the finale. There’s a moment they have! It’s a little one but there’s room for growth there. Also, I think at that point, after the conversation at prom, he knows when it’s a defense mechanism and when it’s genuine. So I just think now it has to come more from his side and the conversation he has with Nico is helpful for the relationship. But I think Gert’s going to have her own problems. She left her meds at home. She’s going to have her own problems to deal with so I think that’s going to have to come more from Chase now. Or at least I want it to! [Laughs]

All 10 episodes of “Marvel’s Runaways” Season 1 can be watched now on Hulu. Be sure to follow @Runaways on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Runaways” Facebook page!

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Don't miss the season one finale of the series Tuesday, January 9 only on Hulu!

Fantastic news — our Runaways will return for a second season on Hulu!

Marvel and Hulu officially confirm that “Marvel’s Runaways” will return for Season 2, continuing the adventures of our young heroes who are now on the run!

“We’re thrilled about ‘Runaways’ Season 2. Our partnership with Josh [Schwartz] and Stephanie [Savage] and Hulu has been as exciting as the reaction to the show from our fans — both new and old!” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Head of Marvel TV.

“We’re so privileged that Marvel and Brian K. Vaughan trusted us with Runaways,” said Executive Producers and Co-Showrunners Schwartz and Savage. “We couldn’t be more excited to continue telling this story. It’s been a blast making the show with the cast and crew. We can’t wait to see where we can take the story in Season 2 and to stay on the run.”

Schwartz and Savage continued, “The conversations with the fans have been gratifying. We hear and see you. We appreciate your passion and hearing how much the show means to you. Beware the possibility of a dinosaur on the streets of Los Angeles…and earthquakes!”

Don’t miss the Season 1 finale this Tuesday, January 9, on Hulu! Be sure to follow @Runaways on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Runaways” Facebook page!

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Watch the latest episode of 'Marvel's Runaways' on Hulu now!

***SPOILER ALERT: This story contains spoilers from today’s episode of “Marvel’s Runaways”!***

Julian McMahon made his “Marvel’s Runaways” debut during last Tuesday’s episode “Kingdom;” however, you’ve technically seen his ominous presence at the Church of Giborrim since the beginning of the original Hulu series. In this week’s episode “Metamorphosis,” we pull back the curtain a little more on Julian’s presence in the lives of our Runaways and the Pride.

McMahon took the time to talk exclusively with Marvel.com about his brush with death, the sacrifices the Pride makes, and his fascination with the Runaways:

Marvel.com: Let’s dive right into it. In last week’s episode, we get a glimpse into your character Jonah. We learn you’ve met the Wilders 18 years ago. What can you tell us about Jonah?

 

Julian McMahon: There’s two experiences—two journeys that we’re going on here. One is the flashback journey, and one is the current state of affairs with Jonah or what’s happening in his life. They’re very much two separate individuals in a way. One is this egocentric, maybe manipulative, kind of headstrong individual who wants to accomplish what he wants to accomplish and does so unabashedly. He’s got the power to do it in a lot of different ways: financially, intellectually, and all those other attributes that kind of make him consistently a step ahead of every everybody else.

Then, there’s the current version—this guy who has experienced this near-death experience that challenges him, even emotionally, for the first time, as far as he recognizes. All of a sudden, you’ve got this guy from the flashback, you get to build that guy, who’s not that conscious. He’s conscious of what he’s trying to accomplish, and what he wants to do, but he’s not thinking about anybody else. Then, you cut to the current guy, and you’ve got this guy who is very aware, based on the experience he just went through, of his own mortality and what life means to him once that comes into question.

And so, they’re two completely different versions in a way, even though they kind of start to run one into the other. Maybe about episode six, seven, eight or something, it kind of takes off on its own trajectory of that involving the kids and whatever else. It’s interesting because you do get to have a bit of a battle between those two almost separate personalities.

Marvel.com: For the man that we see in the flashback, you can see that he’s already orchestrating and pulling those into the Pride. How did he go about selecting who would belong, who would contribute to the Pride? How did all the other families come into play?

Julian McMahon: Well, there was an ultimate curriculum that he needed—one, the desire to be successful; two, the inability to accomplish it on their own; and three, the need to change their circumstance and situation.

You’re getting people at a place where the opportunity that he was offering was too good to resist, and that happens in life a lot. If you’re looking to build a business and some billionaire comes along and says, “I’ll fund it for you,” it’s very difficult to say, “You know, I might just wait and see how we go.” If you’re in jail and there’s an opportunity to get out and become rich, then that looks a little bit better than living in prison. Those kind of dynamics are what he’s working with, and it helps propel what it is he’s trying to accomplish.

Marvel.com: The big reveal in this week’s episode “Metamorphosis” is that Karolina is your daughter. Can we assume this was always part of the plan or is this something that just evolved from your relationship with Leslie?

Julian McMahon: Really good question. I don’t really know the answer to that, to be honest, I think it was divinely-divine intervention. It came out of something necessary. And, it was unplanned, I believe. You could prove me wrong, but I believe it was a surprise to everybody.

Marvel.com: We know Leslie had always wanted to keep you to herself? However, you insisted on going to the gala. Is it because of your facing mortality after such a close call? This huge need to meet Karolina in case you never get that opportunity again? Or is she key into something bigger you have planned? 

Julian McMahon: Well, at this point in time, it’s the near-death experience that propels everything for him in a way. And it’s, “Okay. Hold on a second. I only have a certain amount of time to live. What do I want? What’s important to me?”

While he was always so driven to accomplish what he was accomplishing, he finds out about that connection, that emotion, is actually just as important and valuable to him as anything else, if not more.

Marvel.com: You were introduced as someone who was friends and studied under Leslie’s father at the start of the church. Is that just a cover story or has your character actually lived that long?

Julian McMahon: He’s been around for a long, long time. And so, he knows Leslie’s father well and probably beyond. That’s really the tip of the iceberg of revealing and understanding how long he’s been around and where he’s come from.

Marvel.com: We can assume you’re not quite human. How do you and Karolina possess this light energy?

Julian McMahon: I would say that he is not a complete human being. So, I’d say that he’s not a complete human being, but the near-death experience has given him the opportunity to feel like a human being for the first time. Did you like that one?

Marvel.com: I did!

Julian McMahon: Okay, because it if sucks, we can try again.

Marvel.com: With Karolina being a half-human, she can’t quite master her light powers. Is that why she needs to wear a bracelet? Or is it because she doesn’t have mastery of her powers the way Jonah does?

Julian McMahon: The bracelet kind of held in her powers to a certain extent. If you kept it on, it wasn’t revealing who she was with those powers. And the bracelet is overall a kind of facet of control.

Also, in regards to what you said, she’s a teenager. There’s obviously a different relationship to that power than Jonah has. Because he’s just fully that. And that becomes an interesting dynamic.

Marvel.com: With all the close calls with the Pride really having a lot of missteps and trying to bring you back to your young, handsome self. How much can Jonah rely on and trust the Pride at this time?

Julian McMahon: As the show moves through the episodes, we realize, or he realizes, and I’m assuming we do as an audience as well, that things weren’t quite as together  as he thought they were. So, how much can he trust them?

From episode to episode, everything becomes more challenging. There are some times where I think that Jonah was really pushed to his limit in regards to what he was putting up with, and didn’t really understand this kind of more—and I’ll let you use the right word because you can say it, just as well as I can—he’s not used to that human dynamic as much. He doesn’t really recognize a way to address it and deal with it. Then it becomes, because of that, it becomes kind of antagonistic between all of them.

Marvel.com: As an architect of the Pride, Frank was never invited into the Pride. What are your plans for him? Why have him in the picture at all since he does stand in the way of you trying to develop this relationship with Karolina?

Julian McMahon: Well, that’s interesting question. As in Josh [Schwartz] and Steph [Savage]’s work, a lot of the time, as things start to heading down one path, all of a sudden you go, “Wait a second. It just turned in a completely different direction than what I thought it was going to.” That happens in this, which I think is really fascinating. The evolution of the dynamic of those four, particularly, is pretty interesting. As we unveil the relationships, everything starts to change.

When we first see Frank and Jonah together, you, for obvious reasons, as an audience, but also, when you see the scenes themselves—you might have seen them—there’s a threat there. That dynamic is the one that they start with. Frank and Jonah’s relationship starts as one, which he becomes very protective and defensive and whatever else you would do when you are being challenged, particularly with your wife and your daughter. That dynamic is how they start. But then, as we evolve, we get to learn some very different things, and we get to see so many different things; by the end, their relationship is completely different to what you would have assumed, based on knowing what you saw to begin with.

Marvel.com: As your character will have more interactions with the Runaways, will Jonah require the kids to make the same sacrifice their parents did? Or are they part of a larger design that you have?

Julian McMahon: It’s certainly up in the air and there’s a couple things that happened the last episode where you, where I-just everybody on set was like, “Okay, what’s going on there?!” and nobody would tell us. We’re kind of in the dark just as much as everybody else or anybody else was. You got to see.

Marvel.com: Thank you so much for your time and I’m excited for fans to learn more about how your character progresses in the season.

Julian McMahon: Yeah, me too. He’s a really fascinating character and we’ve put a lot of work into trying to make him interesting and dynamic and hopefully that comes across.

Get ready to run with “Marvel’s Runaways” exclusively on Hulu every Tuesday! Be sure to follow @Runaways on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Runaways” Facebook page!

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Watch the first three episodes of 'Marvel's Runaways' on Hulu now!

Marvel’s Runaways,” based on the beloved series by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, is now available exclusively on Hulu!

While on set, Marvel.com talked Ariela Barer, who plays Gert Yorkes, and Allegra Acosta, who plays Molly Hernandez; along with Brigid Brannagh, who plays Mrs. Stacey Yorkes, and Kevin Weisman, who plays Mr. Dale Yorkes. The Yorkes are bioengineers who love their daughters to the point where they built them their own dinosaur. That’s right, Old Lace—a genetically engineered dinosaur—what better gift could two kids ask for?

Don’t miss out on the Wilders, the Minorusthe Steins, and the Deans.

Molly Hernandez (Allegra Acosta) and Gert Yorkes (Ariela Barer)

Gert Yorkes and adopted daughter Molly Hernandez get to be sisters by choice. Even better, the sisterly chemistry continues off screen for Barer and Acosta.

“It’s amazing to work with Ariela. We have such a genuine relationship, and you can see that once we shoot an episode together or a scene together,” shared Acosta. “The chemistry is there. It’s real and I just enjoy working with Ariela and being her sister.”

“Especially in the original comic, everyone has this older sibling love for Molly,” Barer added. “When you’re fleshing something out on a show, it’s great to just take it a step further. To have that really run deep in the characters, the script, the story and everything. To just flesh that out to the extreme.”

However, Acosta acknowledged there are parts of Molly she’s trying to understand. “Because she is adopted—and you will see how that progress throughout the season—she wants to know where she comes from. It kind of sounds cliche, but it’s actually true. A lot of kids who are orphans grow up with not knowing. Molly is really strong, really vulnerable and passionate for her age, and very innocent, but still mature. You can see that she wants to fight to find out who her biological parents are.”

 

Stacey Yorkes (Brigid Brannagh) and Dale Yorkes (Kevin Weisman)

As opposed to the other parents, the Yorkes are slightly unsure about the Pride and what it stands for. Brannagh explained, “We actually thought that we were being invited to participate in something that would help the world in terms of our science, and things we wanted to develop. We were told being a part of it will help you, and then you’ve stepped into something we didn’t know right away was something very scary and much more than that. There are consequences. So, we’re trying to get out, like right from the beginning. We’ve been trying to get out as soon as we kind of understood it wasn’t a noble effort.”

The Yorkes are unique in that they foster a warm and inviting home, especially for their daughter Gert. “We’re literally trying to create an independent human being—independent of us, forward-thinking, a true individual, and yet we sometimes, maybe, overly nurture that,” said Brannagh.

Gert Yorkes (Ariela Barer)

Weisman believes it’s important for viewers to see the character of a young independent woman full of socially relevant ideas. Acosta agrees, “Our show is a very female centric cast. We’re representing very strong, yet real, human beings. It’s really important because we have a realm of very amazing women, who will empower and will be relatable to the audience out there. You’re showing that feminism is not based on anger. It’s just based on passion.”

“When I was around her age, that was exactly when I really figured out how messed up the world can be, and I took it very personally, as she also does,” Barer revealing the similarities to her character Gert. “But this anger that she has inside of her is not hate. That’s a common misconception with a social justice character like that. She has no hate inside of her. This anger stems from this passion from wanting a better world and a better life for the people around her, and I think that’s one of the most admirable things about her. She cares so much about the people around her, and she takes it all very personally.”

“She’s flawed, but she’s complex. I think that’s exciting that we’ve gotten to a point with female characters and feminist characters, where they’re allowed to be flawed,” said Barer. “They don’t have to be perfect representations all the time. She can be this flawed human character and still be an incredible role model, who just cares and loves people.”

“That’s part of why we want to get out of Pride,” Brannagh explaining why being in the organization is such a moral struggle for the Yorkes. “We don’t want anything to stop them. Obviously starting with Gert and onto Molly, we want them to stay free.”

Get ready to run and learn more about the Yorkes and Molly with the debut of “Marvel’s Runaways” exclusively on Hulu – watch it now! Be sure to follow @Runaways on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Runaways” Facebook page!

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Watch the first three episodes of 'Marvel's Runaways' on Hulu now!

Runaways, the celebrated series by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, is making its debut today with the premiere of the first three episodes of “Marvel’s Runaways,” airing exclusively on Hulu!

Marvel.com spoke with the Dean family—Virginia Gardner, who plays Karolina Dean, and parents Annie Wersching, who plays Leslie Dean, and Kip Pardue, who plays Frank Dean. We talked to them about what it’s like for the Deans to have a strong matriarch and how to find a common bond when the world they know starts to fall apart.

In case you missed it, get to know the Wildersthe Minorus, and the Steins.

Leslie Dean (Annie Wersching), Frank Dean (Kip Pardue) and Karolina Dean (Virginia Gardner)

Leslie Dean role is the leader of the Church of Gibborim, a job that takes up much of her life and much of her emotional bandwidth. This is a way of life the Deans have become used to but soon becomes a complicated issue for their daughter. Wersching explained, “For Karolina, she’s grown up in this church background where her mother is the head of this church and she just always believes that her mom is doing the ultimate good, fighting for good, saving these runaway kids—that her mom is just this amazing woman. And it’s a huge shock, that she doesn’t want to believe when she sees her mom is a part of  the Pride, this horrible organization.”

Leslie Dean (Annie Wersching)

 

“Leslie’s the only one who really knows what the Pride is for and all about,” Wersching revealing her character’s strong will and role in the Pride. “She’s happy to let other people believe and think that they are the leaders when she is actually the leader of Pride. She’s very good at manipulation—steering people in the right direction, getting people to do things that she needs them to do—she’s very good at sort of guiding people. And I think that’s a good quality about her, in a lot of ways, and also can be kind of intense in other ways.”

It’s no easy feat running both the Church of Gibborim and the Pride. Wersching revealed, “Having to run the Church, or getting to run the Church, it definitely puts a little bit of a strain on the time she has for Karolina and demands she has for Karolina. She wants Karolina to be the perfect face for the youth of the Church. The smile, the hair, all of it. Leslie probably thinks, at the beginning, that her relationship is pretty darn good with Karolina, and has no real understanding of what’s actually going on with her inside. And obviously, that lends itself to give Frank and Karolina a lot more time.”

Karolina Dean (Virginia Gardner) and Frank Dean (Kip Pardue)

Pardue expanded on the couple’s issues, “Frank’s relationship with Leslie is, again, like almost every relationships in the show, on shaky ground. For the most part, she’s in charge. She’s this incredibly powerful, obviously beautiful, intelligent woman. And in so many ways, Frank needs Leslie.”

Seeing how much his family is involved in the Church, Pardue feels Frank wants very much to be a part of it, “He wants to get closer and closer. And oftentimes in life, when we start to get closer to something, you learn more about it and maybe it’s different than what we thought it was. As things go on, and Frank starts to learn more, more about Leslie’s double life, or triple life, or quadruple life on some level, it separates him more from her, and brings him closer to his daughter.”

“Karolina finds solace in her dad because he’s not in the Pride and he’s the only parent that isn’t in the Pride. He feels like an outcast from that group, and Karolina feels like an outcast at school sometimes, especially when you first meet her,” Gardner noting the Deans’ father-daughter bond strengthened based on mutual understanding. “She does have a special relationship with her dad for that reason. And the more she finds out about the Pride and what they’re actually up to, the more she takes comfort in knowing that her dad is not a part of that, and can believe that her dad is really a great guy that’s trying to help them.”

‘Marvel’s Runaways’

Gardner believes the Runaways’ journey relates to a lot of teenagers’ realities. “Teenagers are very vulnerable, and it’s great when they find a skill, a hobby or something that helps them regain their strength. This show is a different version of that; it’s a Marvel superhero version of that. It’s cool to play these characters that are so conflicted, and then they find out that they have this amazing strength about them, which I think a lot of kids can find within themselves in different ways too.”

Get ready to run and learn more about the Deans and Church of Gibborim with the debut of “Marvel’s Runaways” exclusively on Hulu – watch it now! Be sure to follow @Runaways on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Runaways” Facebook page!

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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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See the acclaimed comic RUNAWAYS by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona be brought to life when “Marvel’s Runaways” premieres next week on Hulu. RUNAWAYS follows six teens who find out their parents are part of a villainous cult called the Pride. One of these families are the Minorus, dark wizards who wield the powerful Staff of One.

Marvel.com talked to Lyrica Okano, who plays Nico Minoru, and the Minoru parents, Tina, played by Brittany Ishibashi, and Robert, played by James Yaegashi. We found out about the competitive mother-daughter relationship, and the complications of shutting down your emotions. The Minoru family dynamic is definitely a complicated one.

When tragedy occurs, relationships become strained. Yaegashi talked about the impact it has on the Minorus. “Whenever you have a family tragedy, it affects everybody. It’s the storm that’s spinning around us that we have to find our bearings in, both in terms of our relationship, as well as our relationship with Nico. When we find at the onset of the story, she’s on the verge of really kind of getting out of reach for us. There’s a heightened sense of like, we really have to do something.”

As the co-founders of Wizard, the Minorus’ expertise in tech make them an essential part of Pride. This tech-like, logical outlook is the same approach that Tina Minoru uses when it comes to parenting. Ishibashi explained, “From Tina’s perspective, Nico is handling this hardship inappropriately. It’s not an efficient way to live if you’re just stuck in all this emotion. And she just wears it so outwardly. You just look at her and you’re like ‘obviously you’re going through some stuff.’ I just wish that she would maybe contain it a little bit more and move on with her life.”

Ignoring emotions never ends well, and Okano puts Nico’s feelings into perspective. “Nico, she sees her mom as overbearing and very secretive and not a lot of great things. So that really does push her to group up with the Runaways, with each other. Basically, she doesn’t want to be at home. She doesn’t want to have to stay at home and do this alone anymore.”

The Staff of One is a powerful iconic weapon from the comics and will make its debut appearance in “Marvel’s Runaways.” Ishibashi talked about the relevance of the item to the Minorus. “We really get to see it’s evolution, what’s going to be exciting for people to see with the Staff of One is that that mother and daughter are both able to use it. That’s a really loaded dynamic. I know that as a mother, and in Tina’s relationship with Nico, there is an element that’s almost competitive. That thing of when you feel like you’re being outseated or replaced or someone is doing something just as good as, or even better than you. But it is cool. To be able to see Nico discover the Staff in this first season and kind of see what that opens up for her, as a person and the world, is really cool.”

“The thing with the Runaways that’s so cool is that we’re all so different,” said Okano. “You don’t expect a beautiful, perfect Church girl to be the superhero that she is. And for a Japanese-American goth girl to be the superhero that she is. It allows every girl out there to be like ‘no, I relate to that character! I relate to that character!’ We all have our own strengths and weaknesses that people can relate to and I think it means a lot.”

For Okano, she realized that their powers stemmed from their weaknesses. “It’s like that in real life. Once we get in touch with what our weaknesses are, we can probably find strength out of them too.”

Get ready to run and learn more about the Minorus 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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