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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True Believers, every Tuesday, make your way over to Marvel.com for a rundown of all this week’s Marvel Games news, from console game releases to character drops to mobile event updates, and more! 

LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES 2

Marvelites, the Runaways have interrupted an ancient god’s ritual in the underwater Marine Vivarium and it’s up to you to re-group among the chaos!

If you’ve checked out “Marvel’s Runaways” streaming now, exclusively on Hulu, and couldn’t get enough, Marvel Games and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has your back! Out today, pick up “Marvel’s Runaways Character and Level Pack,” the new DLC for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 for $2.99.

In this all-new Brian K. Vaughan’s Runaways comic-inspired pack, players will travel to the undersea Marine Vivarium where they’ll try to escape from the chaos and destruction that their criminal parents, ‘The Pride,’ have brought upon them. New unlockable characters Nico Minoru, Chase Stein, Alex Wilder, Karolina Dean, Molly Hayes, Old Lace, and Gertrude Yorkes add to the main game’s roster of over 200 Super Heroes and Super Villains. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is available on PlayStation®4, Xbox One®, Nintendo Switch™, and Windows® PC.

MARVEL CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS

Cosmic warrior Proxima Midnight enters the Battlerealm with an insatiable hunger for death this Thursday, April 12. What is this Black Order member capable of? Take a look below!

The presence of Thanos’ greatest warrior can only mean terrible things await our heroes. Proxima Midnight is a formidable foe to anyone that crosses her. She’s a master combatant that’s willing to deal death by her spear without even a second thought. Her entire kit is based on Prowess and True Accuracy. Her abilities are enhanced and players gain good synergy bonsues when she receives special assists with Champions Corvus Glaive, Nebula, and Thor (Ragnarok). She’ll dish some heavy attacks against Infinity Enemies like Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, Vision, and Hulk (Ragnarok).

This deadly super villain will be unleashed April 12. Check your in-game messages for more information about this deadly addition to the Contest!

MARVEL AVENGERS ACADEMY

In the world of Marvel Avengers Academy, our young heroes can’t seem to catch a break between exams and super villains hellbent on destruction. Marvel.com writer Justin Synder caught a few minutes between classes to chat with Allen Warner, Lead Narrative Designer at TinyCo, to get you all the details on the Jessica Jones event, inspired by “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” the first two seasons streaming exclusively on Netflix.

Marvel.com: What brings Kilgrave out of the woods now?

Allen Warner: New York has been decimated by the recent attacks of government-created Hulks, and the entire world is panicked because of the imminent arrival of Thanos. Being the sleazy manipulator he is, Kilgrave takes advantage of the chaos by using his mind-control powers to set the city’s most powerful crime families against one another. As they knock each other out one by one, he assumes control of their resources and minions, quickly turning himself into the new kingpin of crime. As you can guess, this immediately puts him in the crosshairs of not only the Defenders and the Avengers, but rival criminal masterminds like Madame Gao and Kingpin.

Marvel.com: Jessica has quite a history with him. How will their past influence the event and her story?

Allen Warner: In our world, they’re both younger, and have yet to really cross paths. As an investigator and a hero, Jessica knows about the seedy side of the city, so she knows about Kilgrave being an arrogant scumbag who’s done horrible things, but it isn’t as personal or serious as it’s been portrayed in the comics and TV show. That being said, she doesn’t have any respect or patience for manipulative people like Kilgrave, so she takes it upon herself to shut down his operation, and make it very clear that he isn’t welcome in her city.

Marvel.com: What new faces will we see join the Academy as Kilgrave puts his scheme into action?

Allen Warner: Our new character this event is the Hood. We thought it would be cool to being in an antihero who would have a personal vendetta against Kilgrave for ruining his own criminal operation. The Hood has an amazing power-set, and some interesting history to play off with characters like Doctor Strange and Mysterio and Mephisto, so it made for some really cool interactions and stories. His visual levels look awesome, and his top visual rank is probably the most wicked looking character we’ve ever featured in Avengers Academy.

In addition to the Hood, we’ll also be bringing back Jessica Jones, Hellcat, and Luke Cage. These are a few of my favorite characters we’ve ever featured in the game from their visuals to their animations to their stories. It’s a lot of fun to bring them back together again along with some of the other Defenders to see how they deal with Kilgrave, and how they view the looming threat of Thanos.

Marvel.com: Seems like our heroes will need some new tech to combat Kilgrave and his mind control abilities. Who suits up in new gear to bring the fight to Purple Man?

Allen Warner: We’re adding awesome new outfits for Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Spider-Woman. Two are all-time classics from the comics, and the third is a more obscure choice that’s a perfect fit for dealing with both Kilgrave, and the threat on the horizon. Each one completely changes the look and vibe of their respective character, and I think people are really going to enjoy adding them to their campus.

Marvel.com: Kilgrave as a villain differs quite a bit from most we’ve seen at the academy. What was it like to write him and this story?

Allen Warner: Having removed the most atrocious acts that he hasn’t committed in our universe, we’re left with an arrogant, egotistical, sarcastic, insecure sociopath, which actually makes him pretty similar to quite a few of our villains, and even a few of our “heroes.” It was actually really interesting to bounce those traits off of the other characters, and see how they each react. One of my favorite things about the story in this event is that it’s the first time we’ve spent a lot of time watching the various villains interact, and it’s really interesting to see the natural hierarchy, and in some cases, unexpected heroism, that results from their rivalries. It turns out that heroes like Jessica Jones aren’t the only ones who want to knock the smirk off Kilgrave’s face.

Marvel.com: Thanos still lurks on the horizon. Can we expect to see him make his move soon?

Allen Warner: VERY SOON. I can’t wait to finally reveal the secret origin of the Avengers Academy universe, and talk about all of the amazing new heroes and outfits we created to help our heroes win the Infinity War.

Channel the Power Woman in her event starting this Thursday, April 12. Download the mobile game on Google Play and iTunes.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

MARVEL’S SPIDER-MANWe know you’ve already pre-ordered the blockbuster action game from Marvel Games, Insomniac Games and Sony Interactive Entertainment, and you’re waiting for September 7 to roll around.

Be sure to check Game Informer all month long as they keep things Spidey 24/7:

MARVEL PUZZLE QUEST: Learn about the latest MPQ feature — Supports — which gives your favorite heroes more firepower, and test it out in-game now!

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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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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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The Runaways’ resident magic user makes her mark on the mobile game!

Can’t get enough Runaways? The new TV series on “Hulu” and the new comic series by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka not enough to scratch your itch? Have no fear friends, “Marvel Puzzle Quest” has got you covered! Nico Minoru, the original orphaned gothic sorceress, makes her “Puzzle Quest” debut and we talked to D3 Go! Senior Producer Josh Austin about all her awesome abilities.

Marvel.com: Nico’s showing off her Staff of One in “MPQ.” Why was she the right Runaway for the game?

Josh Austin: We are super excited about “Marvel’s Runaways” [on Hulu]! Each of the Runaways have something interesting to offer, but Nico Minoru’s abilities are really intriguing for “Marvel Puzzle Quest.” She’s a fun 4-star character that will add some depth and was fun to design for the team. For this character, we had to get a list of powers approved by Marvel since her power changes names throughout the course of the match if she receives damage, which is something new for an “MPQ” character.

Marvel.com: Sister Grimm’s staff lends her some seriously sorcerous abilities that allow her to do just about anything. How did you make those powers make sense for the game?

Josh Austin: We made a special tile called the Staff of One that’s a Countdown tile; when it’s on the board the tile alters her powers. What this means for the player is Nico’s powers get more powerful whenever she uses her Staff of One and the name of each power changes. Then each power has variations and name changes but it mostly focuses on a freeze ability that stuns, a Try not to Die ability that brings out Protect tiles, and a Heal ability that’s a true heal for each Protect tile on the board [with a] max of six protect tiles. There is a Passive Purple ability that increases the power of the Attack, Strike, and Protect tiles and finally a Trifecta power that creates Attack, Strike, and Protect tiles.

Marvel.com: And just how will Nico be shaking up the board?

Josh Austin: This is going to be a little tricky, so I’m going to write it out under each color:

Her first ability is called When Blood is Shed and it’s a Passive Blue ability. Nico creates a Countdown tile when she takes damage. While the Countdown tile is active it replaces all of Nico’s powers with a new set of powers. Her second Blue ability stuns enemies, removes Countdown tiles, and also increases the stun for each Countdown tile removed.

Her Yellow ability creates Protect tiles and contains a Passive ability that increases the strength of friendly Protect tiles, but Protect tiles have no effect on Nico. Her other Yellow ability is a True Heal for each Protect tile on the board to a maximum of six.

Her first purple ability increases the power of Attack, Strike, or Protect tiles if you have more than the enemy. Her second Purple ability creates a Strike, Protect, and Attack tile. The power also has a passive component that increases the power of your Attack, Strike, or Protect tiles if you have more than the enemy.

Marvel.com: Nico feels like a true support character. From what you told us, it doesn’t appear that she does any direct damage at all.

Josh Austin: She is a great support character; the player should add anyone that creates Special tiles and she’s strong with characters that increase the strength of special tiles.

Marvel.com: And it seems she might be tricky to get the most out of; you need to hurt her so the Staff of One emerges, but she’s a little more vulnerable as Protect tiles don’t mitigate damage for her. What’s her general play pattern?

Josh Austin: She is a bit of a glass cannon, so you will want a protector to help stop her from getting damage as she boosts the team. That and adding someone that can heal with her is a good idea—someone like Medusa (Inhuman Queen) for example!

Marvel.com: Let’s talk teammates. Who does Nico fight best with?

Josh Austin: The team suggests characters that create Special tiles like Thor (Gladiator), Carnage (Cletus Kasady), and War Machine (James Rhodes). She’s also strong with characters that increase the strength of Special tiles like Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) and Medusa (Inhuman Queen).

Marvel.com: And when does she enter the game?

Josh Austin: Nico Minoru enters the game on November 30 via rewards in S.H.I.E.L.D. Training and Honor Among Thieves. Her featured event will be Simulator starting on December 4 and you can play her Versus Tournament, Staff Appreciation Day, starting on December 3. Or you can find her in the S.H.I.E.L.D. Training Store Available on November 30 or Nico and Friends Store available on December 3.

Try out Nico’s sorcerous abilities here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews, plus follow us on Twitter @MarvelGames!

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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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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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Fan excitement is reaching fever pitch as “Marvel’s Runaways” nears its debut on Hulu next week. Based on the celebrated comic by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, “Runaways” follows six teens who find out their parents are part of a super villain team called the Pride. It’s time to get to know these legendary families and talk to the actors who are bringing “Runaways” to life.

Marvel.com spoke with to Rhenzy Feliz, who plays Alex Wilder; Angel Parker, who plays Catherine Wildere; and Ryan Sands, who plays Geoffrey Wilder. We talked to the Wilder family about their relationship and what it’s like raising a moody teenager in the Marvel Universe.

Feliz told us how tragedy changed the Wilders. “Alex’s relationship with his parents at the start of the series was a very good relationship. He loves his parents and he understands what they do for him, but then as things go on, it deals with how a relationship forms or continues after you find something out like that.”

“A lot has happened to him. The death of a friend, especially one that you were close to, and this group that you were very close to. When you’re a teenager it’s hard enough, but to throw that into the mix,” said Parker. “People are trying on different identities in high school. You’re trying on different skins, different clothes, different makeup, different personalities, and that doesn’t work well with grief in the center of it. We understand why he’s moody, why he’s changed, his solitude. We want to pull him out, it is time. It’s time to get through this, which is how we begin, but it’s easier said than done.”

Alex’s change in personality might be partly why he gravitates to being the leader of the Runaways. “Everyone has their own distinct personalities within the characters, within the Runaways, but I think Alex organically takes the lead because he’s so calculating,” said Feliz. “He thinks about things a lot.”

Looking at it from a father’s perspective, Parker said it’s black and white in the show. “You just see all sides of the same story. Being able to go on that journey and see how Alex goes through it. The leader that he starts to become, finding himself, and then being in these relationships with his friends while also trying to get to the truth. We are proud that our son would do that in such a good way, until, you know, it affects us. But at least he’s a strong kid.”

As opposed to the other Pride parents, Geoffrey and Catherine have a warmth and a care that resonates between them. Sands attributed that to the Wilders’ working together. “Early in the season, we both pick each other up at crucial times. So, we’re still moving forward, we’re moving forward as a unit. When one’s down, the other one lifts them up. We continue to stay on track and to keep going forward with this mission that we’re on. It’s really fun to play. We don’t necessarily get a chance to see that all the time on TV.”

Parker agreed, “There’s a love and respect that the Wilders have for each other. You do get to see how the Wilders first met and how their relationship grows from there; they respect each other. They have each other’s back. Just to have a loving black couple on television, as an actor, I’m very proud to be a part of that. And Ryan and I get along and respect and love each other as well. So, when we come into a scene when we’re figuring out how these characters are going to interact with each other, we come from ourselves. We have a mutual respect and understanding that what’s best for us is best for everyone and we have the same goal to do this right.”

Parker and Sands agree that the Wilders’ support for each other is what makes them great Pride leaders. Parker said respect is the key, “Every now and then, if something is a little off, we’re real quick to check each other and be like ‘Hey hey. We’re doing this together, right? We’re doing this together and this is why we’re doing this. Let’s not forget that,’ which is a strong marriage in any realm. So maybe that helps with leading the Pride; people respect us because we respect each other.”

Get ready to run and learn more about the Wilders 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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