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Here’s How ‘Marvel’s Runaways’ Does Diversity Right In The Superhero Comic Universe

Marvel’s “Runaways” Hits Hulu

While we’re all anxiously waiting for Hulu to renew ‘Marvel’s Runaways’ for Season 3, let’s recap all the behind-the-scenes reasons we love the show. Marvel’s Universe is ever expanding and ever more representing minorities and women in lead roles. Hulu ordered the show’s creation in August 2016, and the second season was released only a month ago.

This group of superheroes happens to find itself in Marvel Universe’s Los Angeles, specifically Griffith Park, after the teens all run away from their murderous parents’ homes. What we know from the actors themselves is that things are much more light-hearted behind the scenes.

‘Marvel’s Runaways’ is the youngest team of superheroes in Marvel’s Universe.

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The characters are all teenagers, and the youngest, Molly Hernandez, played by Allegra Acosta, even celebrates her quince while on the run. Acosta only just turned 16 years old herself.

They’re the first mostly female superhero group on TV or film.

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Two-thirds of the runaways are female, and they come from a much wider range of ethnic backgrounds than most other Marvel leagues. That said, all the characters are from high-end Brentwood.

Two of the actresses are Latina poderosas.

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On the show, Allegra Acosta (left) and Ariela Barer (right) play sisters, though adopted. Interestingly, Ariela Barer’s character isn’t Latina.

Ariela Barer is Jewish-Mexican.

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You might recognize her as Goth Carmen from “One Day at a Time,” and in “Marvel’s Runaways,” she plays a character closer to her true self: a feminist overcoming anxiety problems. Oh, and she also telepathically connects with a genetically engineered pet dinosaur.

No selfies are allowed on set without Ariela Barer.

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Caption: “When she don’t know how to stop lovin on you… Also! Very important fact: @arielabarer never likes seeing me take a selfie alone, so every “selfie” I have of me on my phone has her right up in it… and I mean, EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.”

Barer and her IRL BFF used to have matching purple hair.

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They even tried to start a feminist club at their school, so Barer felt very capable to play the part of Gert Stein. Barer told Brief Take that it’s actually helpful “to have things like the wig and the glasses to help me remove myself at the end of the day,” to remove herself from character.

Allegra Acosta is Tejana through and through.

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Her parents immigrated from Chihuahua, Mexico, and introduced Acosta to the love of acting with “Annie.” She was just 4 years old and she locked them in the room to give her very own solo performance. She fell in love.

Her family actually moved to Los Angeles so she could follow her dreams.

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Acosta was just 8 years old when she begged her parents to take her to a showcase in Los Angeles. She performed Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and one agency told her they’d take her on if she moved. Six months later, her family uprooted and moved to Los Angeles. Solid move.

Rhenzy Feliz is Dominicano and proud of it.

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His character isn’t explicitly Latino either, but Feliz’ was born in The Bronx to a 21-year-old single mom. The tight-knit family moved around Florida because she didn’t want to raise him in the cold. 😂

The bromance is very real.

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I mean, look at this professional photography. According to Ginny Gardner, the two are obsessed with each other.

Caption: “Big brother.”

The Latinos in the show have superhuman strength.

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Guest actor Jan Luis Castellanos played a role in helping Molly Hernandez feel like she has a real community, both in superhero capability and in heritage.

All the actors had to create playlists for their characters.

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The directors told them to create playlists, and you can actually listen to the actor’s choices. It was all meant to get them into character.

“Marvel’s Runaways” is on Hulu because of “Handmaid’s Tale.”

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TV lead Jeph Loeb did tell Polygon, “The fact that as we’re coming around the clubhouse turn with ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ erupting and becoming part of the culture is huge.” Loeb wanted something new.

Carolina is Marvel Universe’s first openly gay character.

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At first, the jock was going after her and we were all here to watch her turn him down. When these two started shipping, the internet exploded.

Spoiler: the actress didn’t know her character was part alien until the rest of us did.

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The actors don’t know what’s going to happen until they sit down for the table reading. Apparently, they all have their own conspiracy theories.

16. Lyrica Okano was super sick with food poisoning during this scene.

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Just hours before this scene was filmed, Okano was being treated by paramedics before being on set by 5 a.m. She literally threw up between scenes.

Neither of these two are gay IRL.

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Though Ariela Barer has come out as gay on Twitter. As far as we know, her character only has eyes for Chase.

The Pride ceremonies are filmed in a super old mausoleum.

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The whole basement is a crypt of bodies that had been there since 1910-1930. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the actor who plays Victor Stein kept trying to freak his colleagues out by saying, “‘You know, dust is actually 99 percent human skin. We all know that. Just guess where this dust is coming from.’ But it was beautiful. We were a little freaked out by how many dead people were around us.”

The actors are all committed to representing a “bigger part of ourselves.”

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Fourteen-year-old Allegra Acosta sat down with Stylecaster and had this to say about Latina stereotypes in the industry: “I’m not saying that there isn’t poverty where I’m from or in Mexico. What I’m saying is that they made my race seem like we didn’t work hard and we were always on the side of the street. I didn’t like that. We have to be responsible and represent a bigger part of ourselves.”

Plus, Barer & Feliz seem to be pretty tight with Isabella Gomez.

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Caption: “Slowly turning into an amorphous blob w the one I love most 😍😘”

Feliz sat next to Gomez during the Season 3 release of One Day at a Time, and Goth Carmen (Ariela Barer) and Isabella Gomez are as close in real life as they are on the show.

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Latino Journalists That You Should Follow On Twitter To Diversify Your News

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Latino Journalists That You Should Follow On Twitter To Diversify Your News

It’s 2019 and we all have trust issues when it comes to the media, for valid reasons. For one, President Trump has named the media the enemy of the people and everyone’s racist tíos now have social media. If you haven’t Marie Kondo’ed your social media, yet, let me show you what a life-giving feed looks like. 

Each of these Latino journalists, editors, and bloggers have been lovingly considered and have passed the test. While they can’t control whether the news sparks joy, their delivery certainly does, and their audience is us, Latinos unidos.

Jorge Ramos | @jorgeramosnews

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Jorge Ramos is infamous for his hardline reporting and unapologetic interviewing. He and his team recently flew into Venezuela to interview Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. The interview must have been pretty damning because Maduro has yet to return their cameras and tape.

Maria Hinojosa | @Maria_Hinojosa

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President of Futuro Media and host of NPR’s podcast “Latino USA”, if you don’t already have Hinojosa in your ear, you need her on your feed. Above all, she’s a talented storyteller, and bring’s la gente’s stories to the world.

Arelis R. Hernández | @arelisrhdz

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Hernández is a reporter for The Washington Post, and her feed is a collection of her own investigative journalism along with all the RT’s you need to know about. Follow her for Washington politics.

Cristian Farias | @cristianfarias

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Cristian Farias is on The New York Times’ Editorial Board and is delivering all the law and justice issues you need to know about in plain language. This is the only update I could understand.

Eileen Truax | @EileenTruax

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A self-proclaimed “migration nerd,” Truax is hyper-focused on keeping migrants, Dreamers, and asylum-seekers in the news. She’s also here to deliver “#bilingualchisme.”

Alexis C. Madrigal | @alexismadrigal

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A staff writer for The Atlantic, this Mexican-American journalist is focused on how technology influences society. That means you’ll hear about how the small world of anti-vaxxers on social media are influencing a nation, the effects of social media on local elections, and yes, Facebook advertisements. Truly important stuff.

Marie D. De Jesús | @MarieDennise

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Marie Dennise is a photojournalist who has covered everything from Jay Z to cockfights. The Boricua’s photos speak for themselves, and you’ve probably already seen them on front covers.

Adolfo Flores | @aflores

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The National Security Correspondent for Immigration on Buzzfeed News, Flores primarily covers all the ways ICE is not doing its job and not being regulated to do so. Journalism is the only thing keeping ICE ‘in check’ (if that’s happening at all). Follow for real-time news.

Juan Brammer | @jpbrammer

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Juan Brammer is the person you need to follow for all queer Latinx chisme. He writes for Out Magazine, The Trevor Project, and even Food and Wine.

Soledad O’Brien | @soledadobrien

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Soledad O’Brien is an icon in her own right. She’s one of the first Afro-Latinas to make it on screen and own her own talk show. Her presence on Twitter deserves its own stage.

Marlena Fitzpatrick | @MarlenaFitz

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Fitzpatrick is known for her work in Enclave Magazine and Latino Rebels. She’s also known for her expertise in all things música. 

Esmeralda Bermudez | @LATbermudez

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If Latinos making news in entertainment is what sparks joy for you, then Salvadorian @LATbermudez is for you. She’s an LA Times staff writer focused on Latinos in entertainment. 

Vanessa Erazo | @infoCinelandia

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Self-described as the source for “everything on Latino film,” Erazo is the Film Editor of Remezcla and is also the Co-Director of Cinelandia USA. Dive deep into classics and new films alike with this movie buff.

Ashly Perez | @itsashlyperez

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I was shooketh when Buzzfeed let Perez go, simply because her work and her feed is artwork. Today, she’s a writer for Jennifer Lopez-produced series “Good Trouble,” but she’s plugged in as ever to the news that matters to Latinos and is worth the follow.

Andrea González-Ramírez | @andreagonram

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A journalist for Refinery29, @andreagonram is based in Puerto Rico, delivering on the ground news and updates that don’t typically make it stateside. You’ll hear news from her that you won’t hear anywhere else.

Ana Navarro | @ananavarro

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Navarro is a Republican news pundit and journalist that will not buy into conflated fear-mongering so common among Rep. pundits these days. Plus, she dog walks Trump like no other and I’m here for the roasts from his own party.

Matthew Yglesias | @mattyglesias

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One of the co-founders for Vox.com, Yglesias is well-versed in American policies that make poor people poorer. He wrote a book called “The Rent is Too Damn High” and you can guess that you’ll feel validated as heck following him.

Domenico Montanaro | @DomenicoNPR

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Based out of Washington, Montanaro is another leading journalist in all things politics. He’s currently publishing out of NPR and making the news make sense on Twitter since 2009.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez | @AOC

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Okay, so AOC is no journalist, but she is reporting the Twitter news in politics faster than anyone else. She’s plugged in, and she’s calling people out. Her reports on politics have become the news. 

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  1. Deeb says:

    Why is Ariela Barer's Jewishness mentioned but not Gregg Sulkin's?

  2. anon says:

    just to let you know that Isabella Gomez is dating for Rhenzy Feliz (they’ve been together for a year!) and Karolina is spelt with a C not a K 🙂
    but we also love this rep for our cast thank you!