With the groundwork laid down for Marvel Studios’ next three tentpole feature films over the next two summers, fans anxiously await news on what comes after. Which heroes and which Marvel Comics stories will be brought to life on the silver screen after meeting Thor, Captain America and The Avengers?

We already know that director Edgar Wright will eventually bring us his Ant-Man movie and now we also know we’ll definitely be seeing a movie based on the Runaways books. In early April, it was reported that the director’s job for Runaways would go to either Joss Whedon (who will be handling The Avengers) or Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist). We now know that Sollett will be directing based on a script from writer Drew Pearce.

Deadline has the exclusive that the creator of the British superhero comedy No Heroics will be penning the screenplay for Runaways.  While unknown to American audiences, Pearce’s style meshes perfectly with what Marvel Studios is trying to achieve with a Runaways film.

Runaways follows a group of six teenagers who learn that their parents are all super-villains. They gather weapons and run away together (hence, the title) to learn more about themselves and the powers they have, using them for good.

With Marvel Studios wanting to push out at least two movies a year, Runaways will likely be the partner to The Avengers for 2012 and represents just the beginning of what will become a series of movies based on Marvel’s lesser-known characters adapted into lower-budget movies.

To throw in some comic connections here, Joss Whedon actually wrote a few issues of the Runaways comic series and one of the characters added during the series is a Skrull. The Skrulls of course, are the alien species rumored to be the primary villains in The Avengers movie which Whedon is directing.

Are you excited to see Runaways? How do you feel about the selection of its director and writer?

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Iron Man 2 is currently out in theaters, Thor opens May 5, 2011, The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.

Source: Deadline