How The Avengers killed that Runaways movie Marvel was going to make

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Sep 25, 2013

Remember that Runaways movie that was barreling toward development a few years ago? Well, now we know why it hasn’t happened yet.

Screenwriter Drew Pearce has opened up about the Marvel project, telling Jeff Goldsmith it got put on the shelf indefinitely right about the time The Avengers turned the world upside down and shattered box office records.

Why? Because it showed Marvel that fans really liked that core group of characters, so they’ve built on top of it with sequels and potential spin-offs that will tie back into The Avengers. They also opted to make Guardians of the Galaxy as the “risky” outlier project this phase, meaning Runaways doesn’t exactly fit with the current direction.

Here’s how Pearce explained it:

"We were really close to being made, and then this movie started to happen called The Avengers. 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."

Honestly, that sucks, but it’s hard to name an upcoming Marvel movie we’d want to trade for Runaways. The company has a lot of stuff in the pipeline, which sadly means we may have to wait a while to see this gang of superpowered teens on the big screen.

But when (or if) it does happen, it should be good — Iron Man 3 director Shane Black has reportedly called the script "one of the better screenplays that's sitting on a shelf somewhere" — which is a pretty solid recommendation. 

Do you wish Marvel would put this one back on the fast track, or do you prefer Marvel’s current direction? 

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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