NYCC 2018: Interview with the Producers of “Marvel’s Runaways”

The countdown to Season 2 of Marvel’s Runaways, which premieres December 21st on Hulu, is well underway. Now that fans have gotten their first look and the upcoming episodes through the most recent trailer drop, more questions about the ways in which the show might deviate from the comics have emerged. With An Accent chatted with showrunner Stephanie Savage and Marvel executive Jeph Loeb to get a few answers, which you can check out below.

One of the biggest changes Marvel’s Runaways made in the transition from page to screen was metaphorically humanizing the parents as well as literally humanizing the puppet master pulling all their strings. When asked about the process of making that decision, producer Stephanie Savage replied, “We had to translate [the Gibborim rick monster] into something more organic, reality-based for our TV audience.” That being said, she felt that the nature of the insidious pact between humans and aliens remained the same. “We definitely wanted to feel like the parents had made some slippery slope choices… [But also] that they were doing it for their kids.”

Jeph Loeb, Vice President of Marvel Television, agreed with her assessment. “That’s really the trick of the show,” he explained. Instead of focusing on the kids and making the adults one-dimensional villains, he felt that “it gives you so much more story if you’re conflicted along the way. You, like the kids, are trying to figure out how could this have happened.” This leads into the new central dynamic of season 2: “The kids are now going to try to bring them to justice, [but] they may now find out things are not quite as they seem.”

The show has certainly delved deeply into the issues of communication between parents and their children, though they’ve transformed it from daily interactions to world-ending disasters. Similarly, Marvel’s Runaways has explored teenage anxiety by heightening the struggles of high school into struggles of life and death. While Savage and Loeb joked that Gert’s line about anxiety and Vietnam War veterans was specifically meant to highlight Old Lace‘s anxiety, fans can be sure to see more parallels drawn between the kids’ lives and other high-pressure situations in Season 2.

Catch Marvel’s Runaways on Hulu December 21st, and check this week for more interviews with the cast.