Last year, Marvel announced they were bringing a live-action version of Brian K. Vaughn’s “Runaways” comic book series to Hulu. Fans were excited, but one piece of the puzzle was still missing: which characters would make the cut?
This week, Marvel and Hulu finally spilled the beans on the characters and the actors who will play them.
According to Marvel, Rhenzy Feliz will play Alex Wilder, “a loud-and-proud nerd.” Lyrica Okano plays Nico Minoru, the model of toughness, independence, and gothness. Virginia Gardner will be Karolina Dean, the seemingly perfect girl, but deeply conflicted. And Gregg Sulkin will try his hand at portraying the brilliant Chase Stein.
But the best news is that Ariela Barer will play Gert Yorkes.
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Gert Yorkes is endowed with some low-key telepathy, and her parents are accomplished time travelers. The official Marvel page describes her as the “contemporary riot grrrl” of the group.
You may recognize Barer from her role as Carmen on “One Day At A Time.”
The official Marvel website describes Molly Hernandez as “the youngest and most innocent member of her friend group, [known] for her peppy positivity and a deep yearning to belong.” In the comics, Molly is about 11 years old and endowed with superhuman strength. One other difference between the comic and the live-action series: Acosta‘s IMDB lists her age as 14 years old IRL.
No official reason has been given for why Molly’s last name was changed to Hernandez.
In this edition of ‘take all my money,’ Luis Nuñez, 24, a graphic designer based in Mazatlán, Sinaloa Mexico has given us the gift of recreating Lotería to incorporate the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe. Moviegoers who fell in love with Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and Groot get to see the characters in a whole light on Nuñez’s Instagram account (@luis.nunez07).
What started off with one image has ballooned to 18—and Nuñez has no plans to stop until the set is complete with all 54 titles. So far he’s finished 32 illustrations which he plans to unveil on his Instagram account in the weeks to come.
Which begs the question, where’s the link to his Etsy shop so we can buy our own set once it’s complete?
See the cards for yourself below. And if you haven’t seen the movie yet (what kind of fan are you?) prepare for spoilers and inside jokes ahead:
Nuñez kicked off his project with Ironman as el valiente.
Honestly, this is a solid choice here. He is one of the greatest characters in the Marvel universe. What a solid and engaging art project focused on one of the greatest superhero franchises in the world.
Don’t sleep on the details. A second image in the post includes a tighter focus on Tony’s own infinity gauntlet.
Iron Man kicked off the series and if you’ve watched the last installment, you know how the story ends. Tony Stark as el valiente is a fitting tribute.
The hand that undid the Avengers.
The film starts where Thanos left off—in the aftermath of the devastating snap. If you know, you know. And if you don’t know, then you know because everyone is still talking about the movie.
The artist even gave us the answer to Thanos’s devastating hand.
But always a schemer, Iron Man constructs his own infinity gauntlet and outmaneuvers the psychopath.
Thor gets called out on his drinking problem.
The god of lightning had a rough go at the start of the film. He buried his pain with alcohol and had the beer belly to prove it.
Duh, of course Peter Parker is la araña.
Nuñez depicts Spider-Man with his enhanced super suit. He says each image takes him 30-60 minutes to complete.
And who could forget the heart-wrenching moment when Parker begins to crumble and turn to dust?
Clearly, Nuñez doesn’t want you to and provided this twofer when creating la araña.
Only the strongest Avenger can carry the world.
Nuñez is clearly team Hulk when it comes to the argument of who the strongest Avenger is. Thor might have something to say about this.
All the feels with this throwback to Tony’s heart.
He knew this would fit so perfectly within the context of Lotería.
Who better to represent ‘the soldier’ than Captain America.
The second movie in the Captain America canon is called “Winter Soldier.”
Of course, Thanos is the devil.
There’s no one better suited to embody el diablo than the man responsible for killing his daughter and wiping out half of Earth’s population.
When you’re as well-groomed and presentable as Doctor Strange (on teetering on being pretentious) El Catrin is the only card that makes sense.
It’s funny to see how well the Marvel characters fit into la Lotería. Doctor Strange begins with a shot of his fancy clothes and accessories. He never loses his flair for appearances as evident by his high-neck flowing cape.
Black Widow is the obvious choice for the lady card.
The franchise needed more women in it. No secret there.
Guardians of the Galaxy was defined by its soundtrack. Peter Quill wearing his Walkman makes the perfect musico.
Music was Peter Quill. Who could forget the ’60s and the ’70s soundtrack that included Hooked on a Feeling and all his out of tune singing?
Teenage Groot still has some years to go before growing into a tree.
Adult Groot sacrificed himself for the Guardians. When we see him again, he’s a mere sapling but well on his way to growing into a sturdy arbol.
Clint Barton, complete with his f*ckboi haircut, is El Apache.
Hawkeye might not be Native American, but with a bow and arrow in hand, he has an eerie resemblance to the original image of el apache.
El Gorrito gets a massive metal make-over.
No frill bonnet to be seen here. El Gorrito has redesigned to include Thor’s comic book version of his helmet, which makes a brief cameo during Ragnarok.
Groot’s home gets a shout-out.
Baby Groot was a fan favorite. It’s only right he make an appearance in the flower pot card.
Why Red Skull was the keeper of the Soul Stone still feels like a mystery but at least it makes sense here.
The skull with crossbones has been swapped out for the Hydra symbol with Red Skull sitting at its center.
Falcon may fit the pajaro card perfectly at the start of Endgame…
…But by the end of it, he’s received a major upgrade. We might be looking at the new face of the Captain America canon here folks.
Only royalty wears a crown…
…So it’s appropriate for King T’Challa’s Black Panther to take la corona.
Keep an eye Nuñez’s Instagram account (@luis.nunez07) for the remaining 36 illustrations.
When you’ve taken up the task of representing an entire universe, there’s quite a bit of responsibility to depict diversity on your shoulders. While the Disney-owned division of Marvel Studios has recently, ahem and also very slowly, ramped up its efforts to portray the diversities that exist in our immediate world through projects and characters like “Black Panther” their spotlight has all but completely passed over LGBTQ+ heroes and heroines. Sure, sure, the studio has trifled with and indulged our imaginations hinting at a few flirty exchanges and off-screen relationships (no, but really you think they’re just chilling at Themyscira? Nothing else? Come now.) but the representation of LTBQ characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been pretty less than super. It’s why this latest bit of news straight from the studio’s president has fans reeling.
Feige might have confirmed suspicions that Valkyrie was the first out character in MCU last year.
Of course, Tessa Thompson who portrayed the difficult to injure character already asserted that Valkyrie was bisexual last year after she made her MCU debut. Feige, on the other hand, seemed to be pretty tight-lipped about new developments in the series but he did confirm that at least two LGBTQ characters will appear in future Marvel films he also said that ‘yes’ we’ve already met one of the characters before.
Now, there’s no guarantee that Valkyrie is the character that Feige was talking about. After all, whether or not she’ll actually even be in the MCU pics to come is still up in the air and LBR it would be pretty awesome if Loki got a chance to soak in the rainbow light too. Still, fans are keeping their fingers crossed that Marvel will give us LGBTQ women of color, a true rarity in both superhero and non-sci-fi fantasy worlds if we’re being real.
Whichever LGBTQ+ character MCU chooses to celebrate, fans who’ve added over 6.6 billion U.S. dollars in the franchise deserve this.
Here’s hoping Feige stays true to his words and ensures that we get characters that add diversity and depth to the series rather than just tokenism. Also, just two out LGBTQ characters is not enough. So here’s hoping Marvel works their power and brings more representation all around.