Catch 'Marvel's Runaways' when it debuts only on Hulu November 21!

Fans of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s comic RUNAWAYS will finally get to see the fan-favorite series come to life when “Marvel’s Runaways” premieres the first three episodes next Tuesday, November 21, on Hulu.

Producers and co-showrunners Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, and Jeph Loeb talked with Marvel.com about bringing the Runaways to life, the characters, the setting, and of course, a genetically-engineered dinosaur.

Loeb was excited when talking about adapting the book for the small screen. “When we first started Marvel Television, which was not all that long ago, one of the things that we heard from our fans was these are the shows they’d really like to see. It’s kind of remarkable, how many of them we’ve actually been successful at bringing forward. And so, one of the real jewels in the crown, that people had in their top three, was ‘Marvel’s Runaways.’”

Savage admitted she was not a comic book person, but fell in love with the world that Vaughan and Alphona created. “I loved the characters. I love that it was set in LA. I love the strong female characters, the diversity.”

“Old Lace!” interjected Schwartz. “The dinosaur, the great cliffhangers at the end of every issue,” continued Savage.  “Just the voice and the level of humor. And it felt so exciting, the possibility of being able to bring it to life.”

Discussing the issues of transitioning from comics to TV, Loeb shared, “They’re very strong characters. The inherited material, with its incredibly diverse cast, allowed different voices and different points of view. And that the show was set in LA, that was something that was very different for us. Being able to take all those things and put them together, and actually find a network that was supportive to us as Hulu was, this has been not just a large challenge, but it has something that has been extremely successful in terms of its execution.”

Fans will appreciate that Vaughan was key to bringing his beloved characters to life. Schwartz said, “Having his endorsement, his encouragement, but also his ideas in the book, just empowered everybody to feel a lot of freedom in making sure we were still honoring the spirit of the original book, but also making it a show that could stand on its own.”

Location is a key character to “Runaways” and Savage was proud to showcase the city. “It was super important to us and we were thrilled that Marvel was supportive of actually shooting the show in Los Angeles, and they weren’t like ‘we want it feel like Los Angeles, but you have to shoot it in Atlanta or Vancouver.’ We got to shoot here. We’re out shooting on location more than fifty percent of the time.”

“We wanted to make sure that Los Angeles had as big a voice in terms of what it is that we’re doing,” said Loeb. “This is very much a group of different worlds and lifestyles and cultures.” The city acted as a metaphor for the characters. “Each of them has a very diverse background; each of them have parents that come not just from where we originally find them, but where they originally started. How that affects them, what that background does to them, and what the city does to them; all of those things meld really nicely into telling a story that we’re hopefully going to be able to tell for a very long time.”

Schwartz talked about the role adults play in the television version of “Marvel’s Runaways.” “I’m now a parent—we’re now adults, in a way that we weren’t when we first starting doing those shows. So, we certainly relate to the parents as well. That was something that was really important to us; we’ve got to slow down the story in the comic and really dig in.”

Savage seconded Schwartz’s views on incorporating the parents. “I think that was something that Brian really responded to when he was in the room with us, that the parents don’t get the deep dive in the same way that the kids do in the comic. This was an opportunity for him to do that and to sort of think about those relationships. Not just with the kids, with their own kids, but with each other and the dynamics inside Pride in a way that hadn’t really been explored in the comic.”

“As anyone who reads Marvel comics will tell you, it’s actually more important that you understand the people that are inside the mask, as opposed to the mask and the cowl or anything else like that. If you don’t care about the people themselves, then all the special effects in the world—except for the dinosaur—aren’t really going to have you tune in every week.”

Loeb hopes viewers will be invested in the story’s characters. “And so, we need you to care about not just the kids, but the parents, and the predicament, and the show, and the adventure, and the humor. And we think that Josh and Stephanie have really delivered on this in a big way.”

Get ready to run 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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Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka detail the original team's epic return!

One of the breakout hits of the early 2000s, RUNAWAYS exploded onto the scene and set a new precedent for young super groups across the Marvel Universe. Its team of relatable, plucky, young protagonists has lived long in the memory ever since—and much to our delight, the Runaways are entering the fray once more.

On November 21, the group makes their on-screen debut with “Marvel’s Runaways” on Hulu—and on September 13, the original cast returns in comic book form with RUNAWAYS #1, by writer Rainbow Rowell and artist Kris Anka!

We caught up with Rainbow and Kris to find out what’s happened to Nico, Karolina, Molly, Chase, Old Lace, and Gert since we saw them last.

Marvel.com: We’ve seen Nico go through a lot lately (most notably with A-Force and Ulysses)—what kind of mindset will she be in at the start of issue #1?

Rainbow Rowell: We’ve seen more of Nico in the Marvel Universe than any of the other Runaways—and she’s been through so much trauma. (I mean, she was a prisoner on Murderworld.) Then, just when she started to find some stability with A-Force, she lost them, too. When we meet Nico in RUNAWAYS #1, she’s alone and wondering where she fits—and still (always) struggling to understand her relationship to her own power. That’s a core theme for Nico: she wields great power, but she doesn’t understand it. It just dropped in her lap. And it comes with all these painful limitations.

Marvel.com: When we last saw Karolina, the Runaways were going through a difficult time. What’s she been up to recently?

Rainbow Rowell: I feel like Karolina is the stealth Runaway. We know the least about what her life has been like since the book ended. But we do know that she has a girlfriend—Julie Power. When we meet up with Karolina again, she’s been doing a lot of emotional work to make peace with her past. (Having super villain parents, betraying them, causing interstellar disasters, etc.) She’s doing her best to move forward, which means leaving the life she had with the Runaways behind.

Marvel.com: Molly’s a mutantwhere has that taken her over the last few years? Can you describe her headspace these days?

Rainbow Rowell: Molly is living off the super hero grid. She’s living with a loving guardian, who’s trying to let her have a normal tweenhood. I think Molly’s reunion was one of the most fun to write—because she just really misses everybody.

Marvel.com: Chase often served as the friendly, upbeat member of the group. Will we see more of that from him? How has he been impacted by his recent experiences?

Kris Anka: Yes, definitely [he was the upbeat teammate]. We pick up with Chase looking to bring his family back together. I think he’s been through a lot of trauma over the past few years and I think that’s made him feel a bit rudderless and desperate to find something to drive him again. Rebuilding his Runaways helps with that a lot.

Marvel.com: Old Lace—the Runaways’ favorite dinosaur! How has she gotten along without Gert? Does she still have a telepathic link with Chase?

Kris Anka: I feel like she’s been doing alright. She’s missed Gert a lot, of course, but knowing that Chase would also do anything for Gert has given Old Lace someone to bond with. But she’s immensely glad to have her Arsenic back.

Marvel.com: Without giving too much away, can you tease anything about how Gert comes back to life? After being dead for so long, what kind of state will we find her in?

Kris Anka: Well, it hasn’t been too long for her. She’s going to be dealing a lot with how, to her, it has felt like a quick nap. It’s quite a shock for her. As for a tease, you’re not going to have to wait long to find out how!

Marvel.com: How’s your experience been resurrecting such a popular series?

Rainbow Rowell: Oh, I hope people are looking forward to it. Fortunately we’ve managed not to focus too much on people’s expectations…I had the arc written before the series was announced. And when I’m working with Kris, we’re just really focused on the characters. (We were both huge fans of the original series by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, so we hit the ground running.) It’s been such a gift for me to collaborate with someone who’s as invested as I am in this story. I can talk to Kris in minute detail about these characters—and he’s right there with me. It feels like we’re making this book for the Runaways.

Kris Anka: It was hugely daunting. It actually took some convincing to get me on board with this, honestly [Laughs]. Having grown up on this book, it wasn’t something I wanted to mess up. It’s been a great book to work on though. It feels a lot like meeting up with old friends again.

“Marvel’s Runaways” debuts on Hulu this November 21! And on September 13, Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka present the original team in an all-new comics adventure with RUNAWAYS #1!

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