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Spoilers below for those who haven't yet watched the first three episodes of Marvel's Runaways on Hulu.
Part of the fun in comic book TV shows involves trying to figure out what the mysterious villains are up to, and Hulu's new Marvel-based drama Runaways doesn't skimp on the secrets. As viewers (and comic fans) know, Runaways centers on a group of unique teenagers who discover their parents charity organization -- The Pride -- has far more nefarious and murderous intentions than previously thought. Star Angel Parker, who plays Pride co-founder Catherine Wilder, spoke with CinemaBlend about Season 1, and she teased where things are going with the villainous group.
We are definitely sacrificing teenagers, which you can see just in the preview. We all come together and that sacrifice is not something that we're all on board with. We're definitely conflicted about it, but it's something that has to be done for a specific reason, and that unfolds throughout the season. You will find that out, why we are sacrificing these teens.
One might think a teen-based Marvel series wouldn't center on teens getting sacrificed by a bunch of moms and dads, but this is a show created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, after all. As the brains behind projects such as The O.C. and Gossip Girl, the duo know exactly how to ramp up young adult drama to the extremes, and Runaways marries that brooding approach with a cadre of deadly adults. But adults that may not all want to be deadly, at least not anymore.
The various members of The Pride were definitely all friends at one point in their lives, and they've experienced lots of huge life changes with one another, from the births of their children to the deaths of...well, that's actually a mystery too. But the years have not been kind to that central companionship, and it's more than possible that killing kids on the regular has a little something to do with that. Some people might be able to stay comfortable with giant secrets like that, but not everyone is mentally equipped to handle that compounding guilt.
During our talk, Angel Parker told me that while Runaways may be keeping secrets now, the show will definitely give audiences all the answers we need to know about The Pride and then some.
Absolutely, how we got into this deal with the devil, if you want to use that term, and end up sacrificing these bodies. It's not like, all of a sudden, 'Oh, hey, let's start sacrificing teenagers.' No, we see what and why and how we ended up making such a dark, dark turn in what was supposed to just be a charitable organization. We owe, and the devil will have his due. That's sort of what we end up having to do is be a part of this organization called The Pride, and for many different reasons, all the couples within The Pride -- the Minoras, the Yorkes, the Wilders -- we all have different reasons why we're there and why we are continuing to be a part of something that we may or may not still agree with.
Interestingly enough, The Pride's members aren't even exclusively sectioned off by their respective marriages. Similarly to how strife has built up between the different couples -- nobody seems to have amazing things to say about Dale and Stacey Yorkes -- not all of those marriages are on the strongest grounds either. But despite the various in-house problems within The Pride, all of its members continue to work together (in finding teenagers to sacrifice), meaning there must be a pretty important reason for it, right?
Now, anyone who has read the brilliant Runaways comics from Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona has a pretty good idea of where the TV show is going with The Pride's plot. It's not certain just yet if the live-action version will fully adhere to the original story, or if Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage decided to shake things up in order to keep the spoilers at a minimum, but one thing is for sure: we 'll be glued to our screens to see where it all ends up. Also, we want to see how Julian McMahon fits into the fun, since that actor seems tailor-made for a Schwartz-Savage production.
The first three episodes of Marvel's Runaways Season 1 are currently available to stream on Hulu, and it only gets better from here. Check out how this series compares to other Marvel TV shows, and then head to our fall TV premiere schedule and our 2018 midseason premiere schedule to see everything coming to the small screen in the near future.