In an interview posted by Marvel Runaways executive producer Jeph Loeb and showrunners Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz talk about shooting in L.A. and the focus on the parents as well.
In the Marvel Netflix shows, New York City is character just as much as the characters are. Savage wanted to do that for Los Angeles in Runaways.
“It was super important to us and we were thrilled that Marvel was supportive of actually shooting the show in Los Angeles, and they weren’t like ‘we want it feel like Los Angeles, but you have to shoot it in Atlanta or Vancouver.’ We got to shoot here. We’re out shooting on location more than fifty percent of the time.”
Loeb went on to talk about how the diversity of the city reflects the diversity of the characters and their home lives, as well.
“We wanted to make sure that Los Angeles had as big a voice in terms of what it is that we’re doing,” said Loeb. “This is very much a group of different worlds and lifestyles and cultures.” The city acted as a metaphor for the characters. “Each of them has a very diverse background; each of them have parents that come not just from where we originally find them, but where they originally started. How that affects them, what that background does to them, and what the city does to them; all of those things meld really nicely into telling a story that we’re hopefully going to be able to tell for a very long time.”
When it came to bringing in the adults more into the story, Schwartz talked about how being a parent helped them relate to the parents a little.
“I’m now a parent—we’re now adults, in a way that we weren’t when we first starting doing those shows. So, we certainly relate to the parents as well. That was something that was really important to us; we’ve got to slow down the story in the comic and really dig in.”
Savage went on to second Schwartz’s opinion on bringing in the parents.
“I think that was something that Brian really responded to when he was in the room with us, that the parents don’t get the deep dive in the same way that the kids do in the comic. This was an opportunity for him to do that and to sort of think about those relationships. Not just with the kids, with their own kids, but with each other and the dynamics inside Pride in a way that hadn’t really been explored in the comic.”
“As anyone who reads Marvel comics will tell you, it’s actually more important that you understand the people that are inside the mask, as opposed to the mask and the cowl or anything else like that. If you don’t care about the people themselves, then all the special effects in the world—except for the dinosaur—aren’t really going to have you tune in every week.”
Loeb went on to say that the audience needs to care about more than just the kids for the show to work.
“And so, we need you to care about not just the kids, but the parents, and the predicament, and the show, and the adventure, and the humor. And we think that Josh and Stephanie have really delivered on this in a big way.”
We’ll be seeing how well the first three episodes deliver next week.
Summary: After discovering their parents are super-villains in disguise, a group of teenagers band together to run away from their homes in order to atone for their parents’ actions and to discover the secrets of their origins.
Marvel’s Runaways, created by Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, stars Gregg Sulkin, Ariela Barer, Lyrica Okano, Allegra Acosta, Virginia Gardner, and Rhenzy Feliz. It will stream to Hulu starting November 21st.