marvel's runaways cast photo

Hello world: they’re your wild heroes. Teen superhero series Marvel’s Runaways, based on the beloved comic book, was picked up by Hulu Wednesday, and while some attendees of Hulu’s Upfront Presentation in New York got a glimpse of some first footage, we plebeians had little idea of what the new Marvel series looks like. Until now.

The first official cast photo for Marvel’s Runaways was released Wednesday, showing the team of six misfit teenagers who must unite to fight their evil parents.

Marvel’s Runaways follows an incredibly diverse cast of six teenagers, none of whom have much in common, who are forced to unite against their parents when they discover they are part of an elite supervillain organization that controls Los Angeles called The Pride.

Who’s Who?

Here’s a rundown of the core six based on their Marvel descriptions:

Rhenzy Feliz as Alex Wilder: A loud-and-proud nerd. Admittedly a bit of a loner, Alex spends much of his free-time playing video games, but deep down, what he wants most is to reunite his childhood group of friends.

Lyrica Okano as Nico Minoru: Tough, intelligent, and independent–embodies teenage angst. A budding “Wiccan,” Nico’s carefully crafted goth appearance isolates her from her peers and family, but maybe what she really needs is someone to talk to.

Virginia Gardner as Karolina Dean: A model-perfect exterior with a lot going on behind her professionally whitened smile, is burdened by the lofty expectations and responsibilities put upon her by her parents. Underneath her veneer of privilege and perfection, Karolina is experiencing a newfound eagerness to explore her identity and pursue her own desires.

Ariela Barer as Gert Yorkes: A purple-haired, bespectacled, contemporary riot grrrl. Never passing up a moment to stand on a soapbox, Gert sometimes wields her persona as a brash social justice warrior to mask her true feelings.

Gregg Sulkin as Chase Stein: A lacrosse-playing, high school heartthrob. While many write him off as a dumb jock, Chase exhibits flashes of untapped brilliance in engineering, not unlike his wildly successful father’s.

Allegra Acosta as Molly Hernandez: The youngest and most innocent member of her friend group, is known for her peppy positivity and a deep yearning to belong.

Created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the team behind The O.C. and Gossip Girl, Marvel’s Runaways will likely have a more teen soap veneer than previous Marvel series like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or the Marvel-Netflix shows like Daredevil or Jessica Jones.

But for a show centered on six teens and their world-ending problems, that’s not a bad thing. Some of the best TV shows ever have been teen soaps — and yes, I’m talking about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which boasts quite a few similarities to this show. And it seems like a teen soap with a prestigious or supernatural twist is a popular trend nowadays, with shows like Riverdale, 13 Reasons Why, and the Doctor Who spin-off Class lending credence to an unfairly maligned genre.

Marvel’s Runaways will premiere on Hulu in the winter.

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