As for who those actors will be portraying when Helstrom eventually makes its satanic presence felt on Hulu, we should probably take a moment to explore a little more about who those characters are and what they’ve brought to the pages of Marvel Comics over the years.
Hulu is currently marketing Helstrom as a kind of pitch-black family drama about siblings Daimon and Ana Helstrom (stylized as “Hellstrom” in the comics), who happen to be the offspring of a serial killer. Those familiar with the Helstroms’ tale in the Marvel comics know that their story is rife with horrific supernatural elements because, well, the duo are actually the offspring of Satan himself. Per the comics, the siblings were separated at a young age — with Daimon embracing the human half of his identity to fight demons and such in pseudo-John Constantine style, and Ana (named Satana in the comics) embracing the darker side of her family’s twisted history and complicating the narrative in increasingly dubious ways.
While it remains to be seen just how far from the comics the Hulu series will stray, the initial set-up would lead one to believe that Satan may not have quite as real a role to play in the Helstrom madness. Though it’s certainly plausible that Zbyszewski and Loeb could bring some serious mood to matters by playing strictly in the bleak realm of a serial killer story, we’re hoping they’ll eventually drag a few legit demons and devils into fray along the way.
That being said, one look at some of the character descriptions all but confirms a certain level of supernatural shenanigans. Austen is set to play the lead role of Daimon, described as “an ethics professor who moonlights as an exorcist.” Lemmon will be playing Ana, billed as an auctioneer who spends her spare time hunting down bad guys like her father. Marvel is set to appear as the duo’s long-institutionalized mother Victoria, who is “plagued by demons both real and imagined.”
Joining that troubled trio in Helstrom are Wisdom as Caretaker, a guardian with deep-rooted knowledge of the occult; Carryl as Dr. Louise Hastings, a psychologist with an open mind and a strong connection to the Helstrom family; Guerra as Gabriella Rosetti, a Vatican-dispatched demonology expert; and Uy as Chris Yen, Ana’s faithful auction house pal who helps her in her every endeavor.
With such a fascinating premise and such rich characters to play with, Zbyszewski and Loeb clearly have a compelling, morally complex narrative on their hands. With any luck, they’ll turn that narrative into another small-screen success story for Marvel.
Though no official date has been announced, Helstrom is expected to make its Hulu premiere sometime in 2020.