In the Runaways comics, a groups of teenagers learns their parents are part of an evil crime organization known as “The Pride.”
Though the teens’ parents don’t feature in much of the comic, it appears as if the Runaways TV show will be doing things a little differently, giving the parents personalities and setting the show up for a little drama.
“Marvel’s Runaways has enough great actors to support two shows, but I love that this project contains multiple generations of incredible talent all in one story,” said Runaways comic co-creator Brian K. Vaughn.
Meet the Parents: Runaways Edition
Geoffrey and Catherine Wilder
Geoffrey is described as a man who has had to achieve his own success, which affects how he behaves around his son, alternating between approachable father and intimidating strategist.
Catherine is a successful lawyer who is naturally deliberate and calculating, but she’s exceedingly loyal, particularly to her family.
Tina and Robert Minoru
Teen witch Nico Minoru’s parents, Tina and Robert, will be played by Brittany Ishibashi (This Is Us, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows) and James Yaegashi (Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Broadway, Madame Secretary), respectively.
A perfectionist, Tina’s description describes her as a ruthless CEO in her professional life who lacks confidence in her personal and emotional life.
Her husband, Robert, is exactly the opposite of his wife in their personal lives, exhibiting warm and caring emotions. He sometimes struggles with being married to the emotionally-shuttered Tina.
Dale and Stacey Yorkes
Dale is described as a very science-minded man with a deep love for his family. He often falls short emotionally when speaking with his daughter.
Gert’s mother, Stacey, is both absent-minded and progressive in a very professorial way.
Leslie and Frank Dean
The Pride members who are eventually revealed to be aliens are Leslie and Frank Dean, parents to Karolina. The Deans will be played by Annie Wersching (Timeless, The Vampire Diaries, 24) and Kip Pardue (Ray Donovan, ER, Remember the Titans).
Leslie is described as “a complicated beauty”, who is also a skilled leader. She uses her charisma and charm to draw in a number of devoted allies.
Frank is a former teen star who is teeming with insecurity after his short-lived movie career. This father is hoping to renew his purpose in life, perhaps by spending more time with his daughter.
Victor and Janet Stein
Victor is an engineer with lofty expectations for his son, while it appears Janet has been changed from her scientist position in the Runaways comics into being a PTA mom with a brilliant mind in the television series.
How Will the Parents Affect Runaways?
While we don’t yet have a true plot summary of the Runaways TV show, the casting of the heroes’ parents raises questions about how true the show will be to the comic books.
For most of the comic’s first arc, the teens are on their own, so we only meet their parents briefly. Casting some fairly well-known names – Marsters, Weisman – and giving the characters full-fledged personalities and backstories hints at their larger involvement in the TV show.
Co-showrunner Josh Schwartz’ first teen drama – The O.C. – often involved the main characters’ parents in the storylines, so it stands to reason Runaways could follow that lead.
But is the move to split some of the screen time between heroes and parents ill-advised? The comic book series often worked best when the teens were left on their own to bond and figure out life for themselves.
Do you think the show will still manage to capture the heart of Runaways?