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?

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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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Rainbow Rowell on how things have changed when Molly makes her way back to the team.

Make way for the princess… Princess Powerful that is. Molly Hayes returns to the RUNAWAYS comic thanks to writer Rainbow Rowell and artist Kris Anka. Similar to Karolina Dean, Molly enjoys a normal life, getting to be a real kid, when her old teammates show up out of the blue. Will the youngest Runaway leave the comfort of middle school and the warm embrace of her grandmother or will she tell her close friends to take a hike?

Marvel.com spoke with Rainbow Rowell to try and get a grip on the “Powerful” reunion coming up in RUNAWAYS #4.

Marvel.com: We recently discussed Karolina Dean living a normal life at college. Where do we find Molly in life right now?

Rainbow Rowell: Molly is living with her grandma in the Hollywood Hills. She’s back in school – the seventh grade – and she’s loving life. She plays soccer, she plays tuba, she has lots of friends … She has a real home again. Her own room, her own stuff. Pets. She’s gotten a second-chance at a more normal childhood.

Marvel.com: Molly was the youngest Runaway at the time of the original series. How has she matured since then?

Rainbow Rowell: Well, she’s 13 now. So she’s entering that space between childhood and adulthood. I think Molly has always had a strong sense of self. (We’ve seen her tell Wolverine and the Avengers to get packing.) But she’s becoming an even better advocate for herself and for what she wants in life.

Marvel.com: As a mutant, is she facing any discrimination from the world at large?

Rainbow Rowell: I don’t think so. Molly’s power isn’t evident when you look at her. So most people at school don’t know her complete identity.

Marvel.com: I don’t think many of us knew she had a grandmother. What can you tell us about her? Is she actually related to Molly? 

Rainbow Rowell: I don’t think Molly’s extended family has been mentioned before. That’s true of most of the Runaways. Nico goes to a cousin’s wedding, Chase has a mysterious uncle… But we don’t really know much about their families beyond their parents. So this is a new character. And yes, she’s Molly’s blood relative. What we know so far is that she lives in the Hollywood Hills – and she’s really happy to have Molly back in her life.

Marvel.com: Molly was named one of the toughest women in the MU just a few years ago. How will we see her toughness on display in this issue?

Rainbow Rowell: In this issue, we’ll see a lot of emotional toughness – resilience. Despite everything that Molly has been through, she’s found home again with her grandmother. She’s still able to let people into her heart. My favorite part of this issue was reuniting Molly and Gert. Molly never made peace with Gert’s death. Now Gert is back – and closer to Molly’s age. They get to have a different kind of friendship.

You can pick up Runaways #4, from Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka, on December 13.

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The brightest young minds of Battleworld become runaways in these preview pages by Sanford Greene!

They are the brightest teens, brought together from all corners of Battleworld to attend the prestigious Doom Institute in the planet’s capital. But this June, they’re going to become…Runaways!

Marvel is pleased to present RUNAWAYS #1, as the cult-favorite hit comes to Secret Wars courtesy of rising comic stars Noelle Stevenson (Nimona, Lumberjanes) and Sanford Greene (UNCANNY AVENGERS)! Classes, exams, detention. Seems like a normal school, right? Except your headmaster is actually a diabolical super villain, and the final exam is a brutal match to the death! Only one solution: RUN AWAY! Now, super powered teens Molly Hayes, Jubilee, Bucky Barnes, Cloak & Dagger, Amadeus Cho, Skaar and a few new faces are set loose on Battleworld. If they survive the horrors of the Secret Wars, they just might learn a thing or two.

Prepare for a new twist on a modern Marvel classic perfect for fans old and new when RUNAWAYS #1 hits comic shops this June!

RUNAWAYS #1 (APR150727)
Written by NOELLE STEVENSON
Art & Cover by SANFORD GREENE
Variant Cover by PHIL NOTO (APR150728)
On-Sale – 06/17/15

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Producer Justin Woods introduces two distinct new characters to the world of Avengers Alliance!

While Spec Ops and PvP seasons continue to rage, that’s not all that’s new in the world of “Marvel: Avengers Alliance”! We spoke with the game’s Producer, Justin Woods, about two new additions to the Alliance roster.

Marvel.com: Justin! A couple new heroes have recently become available in “Marvel: Avengers Alliance,” but not via the traditional means of a Spec Op or PvP season—what do you got?

Justin Woods: We’re introducing a new system of daily tasks that allow players to get a reward each day that they log back into the game, but the task is different every day, so you have to log back in every day. If people remember last year, we did something similar with Doctor Doom, however we just used our existing covert task system to utilize that content, and now we have a new feature built into the game that you’ll see in your mission screen, that is an entirely new screen for daily tasks that you can accomplish to get daily rewards. We plan to utilize this for a lot of different things in the future, and have it not just be seasonal. But the first thing that we’re going to do with it is to introduce Hybrid as a lock box character. It’ll give you Hybrid lock boxes for each daily task that you complete.

Hybrid in Avengers Alliance

Hybrid in Avengers Alliance

There’s a lot of great content coming this month and people should keep an eye out for what we’re going to do after the holidays as well. We’re still going strong. We have lots of ideas and lots of characters that we want to introduce, so stay tuned.

Marvel.com: Also, Molly Hayes is now available directly in the store. Don’t need to do any tasks; you can just buy her, yes?

Justin Woods: That’s correct, yeah. People loved Nico Minoru when we put her in the game, and a lot of people have been asking for more Runaways, and hey! We’ve got more Runaways. There are plenty more Runaways to add to the game and we figured who better than Molly Hayes, who’s one of the most lovable characters, not only in the Runaways, but that Marvel has ever created! If you don’t like Molly Hayes, then you’re just a bad person. There’s something wrong with you.

Marvel.com: Would it be safe to assume she might be the shortest hero so far?

Molly Hayes in Avengers Alliance

Molly Hayes in Avengers Alliance

Justin Woods: She and [SPOILER] are probably pretty close, although I don’t know if we should say that, because [SPOILER] may or may not be out before Molly Hayes! I don’t know how that shakes out. But yeah, she’s definitely one of the shortest characters.

Marvel.com: Safe to assume she’s a bruiser?

Justin Woods: She’s a bruiser and she punches lots of things very strongly. There’s a nice nod to a story where she punched The Punisher and where she throws [a battle van].

We started doing the Runaways [with Nico] because they were really relevant to AVENGERS ARENA when that was going, and there were like five of us that were reading that every single month and loving that book. And that’s when Arcade made it into the game and Nico Minoru made it into the game, because that was definitely a nod to the Avengers Arena story line. And at that point we were like, “Well, we’ve already done Nico. She kind of feels like she’s alone in this world at this point. We really need to bring the rest of her friends into the game.” So [Molly is here] coming and I think we’re doing two or three others. We’re going to have four or five Runaways. But it was really largely driven by the fact that we really loved the AVENGERS ARENA book when it was running.

Avengers Arena (2012) #1

Avengers Arena (2012) #1

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The X-Men Senior Editor gives his thoughts on Wolverine, Storm and more!

X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1 cover by Art Adams

By Tim O’Shea

This week the eagerly anticipated 10-part X-Men: Battle of the Atom event began in earnest.

As part of Senior Editor Nick Lowe’s continuing effort to share perspective on some of the event’s major players, he offers his unique insight on Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, Storm, Rachel Grey, and Molly Hayes.

Wolverine

Marvel.com: Much is made of young and present day Cyclops skills as a tactician, but would you agree that Wolverine is an even savvier tactician than either Cyclops?

Nick Lowe: Nope! I think Wolverine is super smart and capable, but a tactician? He’s not near them. He deals with situations at hand in intelligent ways, but he’s not 13 moves out on you like Cyclops can be.

Wolverine

Marvel.com: How much and how quickly is Wolverine’s patience tested when another group of X-Men from another time shows up in the present day?

Nick Lowe: As [we saw] in ALL-NEW X-MEN #16, his claws were popped within a few pages.

Marvel.com: As someone who best sees how the X-Men: Battle of the Atom writing team approaches Wolverine, are there qualities that you see them all emphasize?

Nick Lowe: Brian Wood’s been really interesting to watch because he’s the guy who’s written Wolverine the least and he’s written some great moments. But between Brian Bendis and Jason Aaron, they definitely see him a bit differently. Bendis sees him as the tough as nails bruiser who has been through a lot and Jason sees his thoughtfulness—along with his claw-wielding badassery, of course—a bit more.

Kitty Pryde

Kitty Pryde

Marvel.com: Since the All-New X-Men arrived, Kitty has served as a mentor to Jean Grey to a certain extent; do we see those dynamics end or increase in the midst of Battle of the Atom?

Nick Lowe: You’ll see them interact for sure, but things are never easy between those two. You’ll actually see Jean and Rachel Grey interact in a really meaningful way!

Marvel.com: Is there an unwritten Marvel rule that if a story involves time travel and X-Men, that Kitty Pryde has to be involved?

Nick Lowe: Yes. Every X-Editor has to sign the KP453 form.

Marvel.com: Jason Aaron is a writer that taps into Kitty’s intelligence fairly regularly; do we get to see some of Kitty’s smarts on display in Battle of the Atom?

Nick Lowe: The whole group takes an IQ test in chapter six. It’s really gripping stuff.

Storm

Storm

Marvel.com: Storm has been fairly busy with events in X-MEN and WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN; does she have a chance in this event to express her opinions on all the time travel?

Nick Lowe: She’s got some big moments in BOTA, but she doesn’t get to recite her dissertation on time travel here.

Marvel.com: Does her typical role as a peacemaker come in handy?

Nick Lowe: There’s a bit of that, yes. But also some butt-kicking.

Marvel.com: As one of the headmasters of the Jean Grey School, does Storm have reasons to be concerned how Battle of the Atom may impact her school?

Nick Lowe: She definitely should during the second month! Big things go down that I can’t talk about too much!

Rachel Grey

Rachel Grey

Marvel.com: The solicits for X-MEN #6 includes this tease: “Rachel Grey is the only X-Man qualified to defeat the mystery opponents!” Fans are always looking for strong female leads in their stories–how happy are you when you are able to edit a story that does just that?

Nick Lowe: I like to think that the books I edit have a lot of strong female leads, but you can’t beat editor Jeanine Schaefer on this front. You can really thank her more than me for the all-female X-MEN book. But it is really great to get some more Rachel Grey time in this story. She’s such a great character but sometimes gets overlooked because of the complexity of her backstory.

Marvel.com: How hard has it been on Rachel to have young Jean in the present day and does that dynamic have bearing on BOTA?

Nick Lowe: They only just met, really, in ALL-NEW X-MEN #15, but it can’t be easy. They have a few really nice moments in BOTA.

All-New X-Men #16 variant cover by Stuart Immonen

Marvel.com: Am I right in perceiving that Wolverine has come to rely on Rachel’s skills in staying informed on the lay of the mental landscape when in the heat of a battle?

Nick Lowe: Rachel is one of Wolverine’s VIPS. You definitely see this in WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN. She’s the psychic powerhouse at the Jean Grey School, though Psylocke might have a thing or two to say about that.

Molly Hayes

Marvel.com:  Without giving away too much, how did Molly Hayes get worked into the mix?

Nick Lowe: We were at our X-Men retreat and we were casting the future X-Men. We wanted a good mix of well-known, new and more obscure characters. As one of the editors of RUNAWAYS, Molly holds a very special place in my heart. So I thought this would be a great place to up her visibility in the X-Men world.

Young Molly Hayes

Marvel.com: Do you recall your reaction when you first saw Art Adams designs for the future character versions, including Molly?

Nick Lowe: Art Adams may be my favorite artist ever. I’ve been trying to get him involved in X-Men for some time, so I was over the moon. He’s such a creatively generous guy and his designs were incredible. I can’t wait to share them all in the hardcover!

Marvel.com: What kind of impact is added by future Molly’s involvement in the larger story?

Nick Lowe: She’s a big part of the future X-Men, so she’s in it throughout!

Visit the X-Men: Battle of the Atom event page and read X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM #1

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See how the X-Men fit into the Marvel Universe as a whole

UNCANNY X-MEN: THE HEROIC AGE #1 cover by Mark Brooks

COVER BY: Mark Brooks
WRITER: Matt Fraction
PENCILS: Jamie McKelvie, Whilce Portacio, Steven Sanders
INKS: Jamie McKelvie, Jaime Mendoza, Edgar E. Tadeo
COLORED BY: Ian Hannin, Brian Reber, Christopher Sotomayor
LETTERED BY: Neurotic Cartoonist, Inc.
THE STORY:
Hot on the heels of “Second Coming,” see how the X-Men fit into the Marvel Universe as a whole. Three stories by Matt Fraction and artists Whilce Portacio (UNCANNY X-MEN), Jamie McKelvie (SIEGE: LOKI) and Steven Sanders (S.W.O.R.D.) taking you all around the Marvel Universe! One-Shot/Rated T
PRICE: 3.99
IN STORES: July 14, 2010

 

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