Marvel’s Runaways was created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who made The O.C. and Gossip Girl, so fans shouldn’t be surprised to find some romantic drama in the series, says Rhenzy Feliz, who plays main character Alex Wilder.
Specifically, he addressed the issue of romance between Alex and Nico Minoru (Lyrica Okano), and whether their feelings for each other are circumstantial or signs of a longstanding affection for each other.
He says that while they are certainly drawn together by the group’s unusual circumstances—each of the six teens having just discovered that their parents are supervillains trying to help demonic creatures destroy the world—he mostly believes that the pair were already sort of interested in each other, whether consciously or not.
“Before everything happened I think they always sort of liked each other and I think Alex does go out of his way to try and make her feel comfortable again. He sees that she’s hurting and I think that he tries to mend that,” he explained.
“But at the same time I think that Nico starts to feel for Alex, too. You see how much she fights to get him back… I think that’s because she cares about him as well.”
Those familiar with the comics know that there are some twists involved with these characters, particularly regarding Alex’s feelings for Nico, so it will be interesting to see how those revelations play out in this adaptation.