It’s probably not a huge stretch to say that at one time or another, most every teen has thought of their parents as being evil. But in a sci-fi/action series debuting this week on Hulu, they actually are.
In “Marvel’s Runaways,” which begins streaming Tuesday, Nov. 21, six Los Angeles teens of disparate backgrounds – played by Gregg Sulkin (“Pretty Little Liars”), Allegra Acosta (“100 Things to Do Before High School”), Ariela Barer (“One Day at a Time”), Virginia Gardner (“The Goldbergs”), Lyrica Okano (“The Affair”) and Rhenzy Feliz (“Casual”) – discover their parents are secretly part of a cabal of supervillains known as The Pride.
No longer feeling safe in their own homes, they go on run. The trouble is, they don’t necessarily like one another, but if they’re to band together against their common enemy, they must learn to get along, develop trust and become something of a makeshift family.
“I think the thing all of our characters share is, you know, we don’t really like each other,” Sulkin told a recent gathering of journalists in Beverly Hills, Calif. “But one thing we do want to get to the bottom of is, ‘Are our parents evil?’ And if they are, what are we going to do about it?”
At a time when public trust in our leaders seems to be at an all-time low, series co-creator/executive producer Josh Schwartz (“The O.C.,” “Dynasty”) thinks this series will resonate.
“I think this is a time where figures of authority are in question for some of us,” he says, “and this is a story where teenagers are at that age where they’re starting to see their parents as fallible and human. And I guess … it is that just because somebody is in charge doesn’t necessarily mean they are here to do good.”
“Marvel stories work best,” series co-creator/executive producer Jeph Loeb adds, “when we take things that are happening in the real world – our world, if this world is actually real – and we put this through the Marvel prism, and they come out as action, adventure, drama, comedy, those sorts of things, so that the audience can come away looking at it and go, ‘Wow, it’s super cool that some of these kids do unusual things.’ And some people go into it and say, ‘Oh, I get it. This is a way of their commenting on what’s going on outside.’ ”