Drew Pearce has revealed that work on Marvel series Runaways was halted in favour of The Avengers.
Speaking on the Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast, the Iron Man 3 writer explained that the project was shelved when work started on Joss Whedon’s superhero ensemble outing.
“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.”
Shane Black, Pearce’s co-writer on Iron Man 3, also warned that anyone waiting for Runaways to make it to the big screen is likely to have a very long wait.
“They make two [movies] a year, but that’s still at least three years down the line [until they run out of films already in progress].”
Runaways is a 2003 series by Brian K. Vaughan that sees a group of teenagers make the discovery that their parents are full-fledged supervillains.