At the summer Television Critics Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Marvel's Runaways' executive producers, Jeph Loeb and showrunners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, showed off their cast and some footage of the 10-episode drama that debuts on Hulu November 21. Right out of the gate, the trio were questioned about how the series connects to the abundance of current Marvel television series already on the air, from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to the Netflix series coalescing in the August 18 drop of The Defenders.
"Look, it all is in the same world," Loeb admits. "It’s connected, and where it’s connected, and what it is connected to, remains to be seen. I think right now what we’re trying to do is tell a great story that Josh and Stephanie have crafted, based on an award-winning series by Brian K. Vaughan, who is also part of it, and this amazing cast. And that’s where it fits in."
Another reporter asked if the Los Angeles setting for the series helps distance it from the East Coast continuity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Netflix New York City-based shows. Loeb offers, "I think it much more lives in a world of if you’re a teenager, it’s all connected through social media, and it’s all connected in its own way. Would you be following Iron Man, or would you be following somebody that was more your age? The fact that [these teenagers] have found each other and are going through this mystery together is what they’re concerned about at the moment, not what Captain America is doing on Friday."
Runaways, adapted from the aforementioned comic book series created by Vaughn and Adrian Alphona, will follow the comic book narrative in its first season, focusing on six disparate teenagers who discover their parents are members of a secret supervillain cult known as The Pride. Their discovery puts them on the run from their own families as they figure out how to bring their parents down.
However, Schwartz says the show won't just be black and white when it comes to teens versus adults. "It is a great thing that Brian built into the book, this idea of every teenager thinks their parents are evil. What if your parents actually were? Which is super relatable, no matter what genre. And then on the flip side of that, there are going to be times in your life as a parent when you’re going to do something and your kid is going to hate you for it. But in your mind, you’re doing it for their own good. And that’s really the story that we want to tell."
Schwartz continues, "It’s important to us that there are no true villains in the show. The book obviously tells the story from the point of view of the kids, and it’s really important to us that we take the time to build up the parent characters in this story as well. And that’s been one of the great joys of having Brian K. Vaughan in the room with us, just being able to talk about if you could dig into these stories and dig into these parent characters, what stories do they have to tell? And, in fact, our first episode really does follow the kids from their point of view. The second episode tells the same story, but this time from the parents’ point of view. So it’s really to have that balance and to really understand the motivation that’s taking place for both sides of the equation."
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