After earning attention as the showrunner for the British series No Heroics, Drew Pearce was hired by Marvel Studios to write the screenplay for Runaways, but that film – despite having a director attached – never came to be. Runaways was pushed aside as the studio dedicated all of its resources towards The Avengers and Marvel Studos boss Kevin Feige chose to keep Pearce around and have him help Shane Black write Iron Man 3.
Iron Man 3 went on to become the second most successful film in the franchise and the success helped land Drew Pearce a pair of A-list writing gigs as the writer of Mission: Impossible 5 and Sherlock Holmes 3, but the comic book aficionado, now a part of the Marvel Studios family, still really wants to write another movie for Marvel.
After Iron Man 3 debuted, Pearce went on record explaining how excited he was about what’s coming from the new directors working on Marvel’s Phase 2 movies, and he revealed that he was “constantly talking to [Marvel] about what we do next.” With Iron Man 3 director Shane Black optimistic about Robert Downey Jr. eventually returning for an Iron Man 4 one day (his contract only currently includes The Avengers 2 & 3) we assumed Pearce could be referring to more Iron Man, but in the meantime he wrote and directed the All Hail The King Marvel One-Shot that releases later this month on the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray, starring Sir Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery.
I spoke with Pearce about his work on Runaways, Iron Man 3 and All Hail The King and asked him what new property or character he’d like to work on for Marvel Studios given the chance. And his answer was a bit of a surprise.
The answer to that is – I think actually before the other Drew [Goddard], or as I think of him, the better Drew, took on Daredevil it might actually have been Daredevil, but right now – and my obsession for years – has always been Damage Control. I think there’s an amazing Phase 3 movie to be made about Damage Control which looks at the MCU through the prism of both the kind of blue collar superherodom and also the repercussions of in many ways like the superhero epoch on the rest of the world. I think you also need it to be a brilliant and exciting story but as a group of people, almost as a movie about firemen or public servants in the MCU, I think you can create some genuinely exciting that looks back over 10 years and three phases of MCU – tied it together – but also told an entirely different perspective of the superhero epoch that we’re all living in at the moment.
The [Damage Control] comics themselves were brilliant but ridiculous and patchy but I think the idea of it goes well beyond the meta comedy of that stuff and actually does a thing that Marvel movies do a lot but that you could go further with which is the real life implication of some of these events without forgetting that what defines the MCU is its simultaneous ability to tap into a realistic, real life feeling which often comes through the reality of the characters rather than a slavish, super dark world where it sat in. So I love the idea that Damage Control would incorporate both that kind of reality with the sense of humor and some of the lessons that Runaways has for example, and also in a strange way, the One-Shots exemplify as well – the ability to color in the corners of the MCU. That was a very long answer. (laughs)
Daredevil - a property back under the Marvel Studios umbrella and in development for a Netflix series – is one of Pearce’s fave Marvel characters. If Daredevil is a major success on that medium, it’s possible to see him pop up in the films as well, but it won’t be anytime soon. We can’t imagine Damage Control is a legitimate contender for a feature film either with so many other popular characters yet to get their big screen debut, and some elements of Damage Control actually crossover with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. Oddly enough, we did list Damage Control as one of our theories for what Joss Whedon could be developing as a live-action Marvel TV show before Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was officially announced.
All Hail The King releases with Thor: The Dark World on 3D Combo Pack (3D Blu-ray, 2D Blu-ray, Digital Copy), Single-Disc Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand February 25, 2014.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
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