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Drew Pearce Still Has ‘Fingers Crossed’ For ‘Runaways’ Movie

runawaysNot long ago, it looked as if Marvel was going to produce an adaptation of Runaways, the comic created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona about teenagers on the run after they discover their parents are supervillains. The project got as far as casting before the studio abruptly pulled the plug in late 2010 in order to focus on The Avengers.

Iron Man 3 and “Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King” screenwriter Drew Pearce told Total Film he’s “still super-proud” of his Runaways script, saying now may be the perfect time for the project to move forward, as “people are becoming aware of superheroes inside of the [Marvel Cinematic Universe].”

“It’s a reverse twist on the Spider-Man theme that ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility,’ because it’s actually a movie where that relates to the parents and not the kids, and I’ve never seen a movie that does that, superhero or otherwise,” he said. “The realization that your parents are fallible people, being heightened immeasurably by the fact that they’re super powered people who are using their superpowers for evil and not good. I just think it’s the most potent idea and the script that exists at the moment takes an almost grandiose, almost Godfather-esque view of the crime syndicate.”

While Pearce said he’s “keeping my fingers crossed” that Runaways will find a place in Marvel’s Phase Three plans, he conceded it isn’t especially likely at this point.

“It’s just not as obvious as a single male superhero character, it’s not as marketable, and I think that’ll always be a hurdle with it,” he said.


  • Drew Melbourne

    Runaways is a great book, particularly those first 18 issues by BKV. In an ideal world, Marvel would do 5-10 Marvel movies a year, and they’d keep it fresh by mixing in original properties like this that don’t have the same feel as an Iron Man or a Captain America movie.

  • Thedude3445

    5 – 10 a year? That’s…. a lot of movies. I’d think 3 a year would be awesome enough (one in May, one in July or August, one in November). More than that could just make audiences sick of movies lol

  • Retributi0n

    Agreed, as soon as the art style changed I kind of lost interest. I was really into it for the first style though. The new style just felt too childish for me.

  • Retributi0n

    Well, he didn’t say in the real world lol. Just change it to “In a perfect world” :) Though with the money coming in and how big Disney is, I think Marvel could do 4-5 Films a year, IF they wanted to of course. Would take a lot of resources, but they would make bank. You run the risk of too much though.

  • XSpectreGreyX

    As long as they only adapt the Vaughan stuff, I’ll be happy. Everything after he left was just bad.

  • Thedude3445

    Now if they made 4-5 movies but 2 or 3 of them were direct-to-TV/Netflix/On-Demand and had a much more modest budget, that’s where they could really succeed I think.

  • Drew Melbourne

    I could easily see a year where they do: Captain America 3, Thor 3, Guardians 2, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Runaways, and Werewolf by Night — where Runaways and Werewolf by Night only barely register with the movie-going public as Marvel/superhero movies.

  • Retributi0n

    Yea I could see that. What I would do is completely re-do Agent’s of Shield. They recently did a good job with Deathlok I think, but the show is pretty damn stale. Skylar just ruins that show or me, she is annoying and not funny at all, even though she tries to be every time she talks. Agent Ward should be doing fashion shows, not hunting bad guys. They need to take a Q from Arrow, get a little darker. If they did more movies, they could definitely use characters who are big, but not huge for tv shows. I have always said that DC rules TV, but Marvel rules films. They could both learn from each other in both of those.

  • Retributi0n

    They could do those two as netflix mini-series or films, or even limited release to test the waters.

  • Felwithe

    I liked Joss Whedon’s arc too, though it was brief and came right after Vaughn’s, so I tend to lump it in with Vaughn’s.