Marvel surprises Runaways fans with impromptu screening of first episode

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Marvel fans were treated to a pleasant surprise Friday night at New York Comic Con. During the Main Stage panel for Hulu and Marvel’s Runaways, Jeff Loeb and the cast gave the audience an exclusive look at the show’s first episode, screening the 53-minute pilot in its entirety. The episode, which offered those in attendance a first glimpse of the series' main cast of super-powered teens, was met with thunderous applause and cheers of approval, and a fair number of whoops and laughs throughout. Comic fans, in particular, seemed pleased with the number of nods to moments, characters, and powers that we’ll be seeing later this season.

Among the things teased (in the episode, the panel discussion, and the trailer which dropped earlier in the day) are Chase’s Fistigons, Nico’s magical ability (and her staff), and Molly and Karolina’s budding powers, as well as a first glimpse at Old Lace, the dinosaur (you heard me) living in Gert and Molly’s basement.

Speaking of Old Lace, Ariela Barer, who plays the purple-haired Social Justice Warrior Gert, said that she and the dinosaur “hang out every weekend. She's my best friend.”

The second episode will apparently follow the same story as the pilot, but from the perspective of the parents. Series creator Drew Pierce says they really wanted to delve more into the parents’ story, since the comic wasn't able to do so.

Relative newcomer Rhenzy Feliz (Alex) said he was disappointed he wasn't able to land a job that allowed him to travel -- the show is the first Marvel series to be shot in his hometown of Los Angeles -- but he was glad that they were getting the chance to show a young version of L.A.

Allegra Acosta (Molly), meanwhile, said that while she loves the fact that they're shooting in her hometown, what she's really excited about is the opportunity to work on a show with a diverse cast that is female-dominated.

Meanwhile, the original Runaways creator, Brian K. Vaughn, who penned the comic series, dropped by via video message to express his love for the new show. Vaughn is serving as an executive consultant on the series.

Hulu and Marvel's Runaways premieres on Hulu on November 21.