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‘Runaways’ Was a Casualty of ‘Avengers,’ But Writer Hopes It’ll Be in Phase Three

runawaysWhatever happened to the Runaways of tomorrow? In 2010, Marvel hired Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce to adapt the comic created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, and got as far as casting before the studio abruptly pulled the brakes on the project. Nearly a year later, Pearce revealed the film was put on hold so Marvel could focus on The Avengers, but it remained very much alive.

It’s now September 2013, and Runaways seems all but forgotten. So what gives?

“We were really close to being made, and then this movie started to happen called The Avengers,” Pearce said recently on The Q&A With Jeff Goldsmith. “Oddly, it pulled focus from the unheard-of brand Runaways, and it really did kind of consume the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s there — maybe it’ll be a Phase Three movie. I really hope so. I’m really proud of it and I think it’ll be a brilliant film, but I think it all depends what Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel, his master plan is.”

So, we’ll see Runaways in Phase Three? Maybe, maybe not. As Iron Man 3 director Shane Black puts it, Marvel makes two movies a year, putting Runaways “at least three years down the line.” Even still, Black said that Pearce’s take on Runaways is “one of the better screenplays that’s sitting on a shelf somewhere,” so perhaps Marvel will wake up and smell the Gertie sooner than later.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)


  • Chris Kerney

    I really want to see this happen.

  • Derek Metaltron

    Oh come on, do they still want to promote these stupid kids who haven’t managed to hold a series in years over more deserving properties like Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Captain Marvel? Hell, Young Avengers, even? I couldn’t care less about a Runaways movie, and neither should Marvel Studios.

  • 0bsessions

    Your point kind of falls flat on its face when accounting for the fact that none of those three have been able to “hold a series” in decades themselves.

    Runaways is probably a more viable multimedia property than any of the others you mentioned. It’s got a very wide demographic appeal while the other three all hit a niche of some point.

  • Derek Metaltron

    ‘Runaways is probably a more viable multimedia property than any of the others you mentioned. It’s got a very wide demographic appeal while the other three all hit a niche of some point.’
    So are Young Avengers and Avengers Academy and those characters are infinitely more interesting than the Boreaways. And yeah the three above are niches but they’re good niches. Trust me, using characters like Patriot or Hazmat in a TV show would be better than struggling to make the tweens with no actual team name a viable property.

  • AirDave817

    With Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD on ABC, I could see Runaways as a CW series.

    One of the best stories was written by Joss Whedon, where the Runaways pulled a Somewhere In Time. I think that was the last storyline before the book went on indefinite hiatus…

  • demoncat_4

    darn i really wanted to see them try and pull off run aways oh well nothing really is truely dead in hollywood so maybe sooner or later the runaways will finaly get their big screen due

  • BND

    Actually, Whedon’s arc was the last before they relaunched the book with the ill-received Volume 3, which then went on hiatus about a year later.

  • Dan

    I think it could be a big hit on par with Hunger Games.

  • Luke

    CW? Ew, no.

  • Jay

    Runaways won’t have the same large budget as Marvel’s other films, so it has a bigger upside as well.

    A new movie means that we will get some type of relaunch (or mini-series), which would be totally awesome.

  • Jay

    Neither Dr. Strange nor the Black Panther have been able to hold an ongoing in the current times as well.

  • Joseph Sepeda

    I am just hoping for a movie so i can get a princess powerful action figure!!

  • Cassidy Wallace

    If they do make this happen, then maybe we can get the freakin’ comic back!

  • Chloe

    The second arc also ties in nicely with what is probably happening in Avengers 2.

  •!/ David R. Schmitt

    “Boreaways?” Really? What are you, twelve? Saying the YA and AA kids are more interesting is your opinion. It also tells me.1) You never read Runaways 2)You don’t like Brian K. Vaughn 3) You are not a person I ever want to converse with again.