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Marvel’s Runaways Show Casts Its Villainous Parents

Six months after Hulu announced they’d be making a Runaways TV show, things are finally getting serious. Last week we met our heroes, and now it’s time to meet their villainous parents. 

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

The parents of teen prodigy Alex Wilder, Geoffrey and Catherine will be played by Ryan Sands (The Wire) and Angel Parker (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Lab Rats), respectively.

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

Both Dale and Stacey Yorkes, parents to the cynical and outspoken Gert, are bioengineers. They will be played by Kevin Weisman (Scorpion, Alias) and Brigid Brannagh (Army Wives), respectively.

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 and Janet Stein, who will be played by James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Smallville) and Ever Carradine (Major Crimes, Eureka), are the parents of tech genius Chase.

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?

About the author

Kali O’Rourke

watches more television than anyone she's ever met. Luckily, this has so far served her well in her dream of becoming a television writer. In addition to showing off her knowledge of movie and TV trivia, she enjoys reading, listening to show tunes, and counting down to next Halloween.

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