Epic. Shocking. Incredible. Moving. Those are the four words that Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, Virginia Gardner, and showrunner Stephanie Savage use to describe the first season of Marvel and Hulu's highly anticipated Runaways.
SYFY Fangrrls' Cher Martinetti sat down with some of the cast and showrunner to get their collective reactions to the source material, introduction to comics, and what it's like to be inducted into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The show is based on the coming-of-age graphic novel series created by Brian K. Vaughn, Adrian Alphona, and Christina Strain in 2013. The story follows six teenagers who find out their parents are deadly supervillains in an organization called the Pride. They quickly find out that they're gifted with super powers and come together to stop them.
"Everyone has been so nice and excited about our show," Barer said. "The fans are incredible and the most passionate people I've met in my life," Sulkin added. "We've been welcomed to the Marvel family with open arms."
"I'll never forget when [producer] Jeph Loeb called me. Josh was on the call too," Garnder recollected. "He said I have three words that are about to change your life: Welcome to Marvel. I almost started crying. Josh (Schwartz) goes, 'It's better than welcome to the DMV isn't it,'" Gardner joked.
The crew admittedly were not comic book fans growing up, but the show has changed their reading habits. "(Runaways) is the first comic book I've ever read," Gardner confessed. "I've started reading a few graphic novels because I think the format is really cool." Gay Delisle's Hostage is the last graphic series Gardner has put down.
"I tried in middle school to get into comic books. I was like 'Dad can you buy me some comic books. I was eleven,'" Barer said. Barer's introduction to comics was Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen thanks to her father. "So I didn't continue," Barer joked. The Marvel films kept Barer a fan of the superhero genre. "But then the Marvel Cinematic Universe started and it was like the hottest thing in my school. We would dress up like the Avengers for the premieres. I have some very embarrassing pictures," Barer said.
"I was not a comic book fan," Savage admitted. "When I read it I fell in love with the strong female characters. I love the diversity. I love Brian K. Vaughn's voice. It has so much heart. Every issue ended on a big cliffhanger. It just felt so exciting with the ability to adapt it."
Watch our full interview below. The first season of Runaways premieres on Hulu on Tuesday, November 21.
Additional material by Henry Barajas.