When is Marvel Going to Make ‘Runaways’?

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marvel runaways movie When is Marvel Going to Make Runaways?

Everything was going smoothy and production dates were set for the adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s award-winning Marvel Comics series, Runaways. Director Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) had signed on to direct Runaways and casting had seemingly begun with rumors starting to run wild.

The Runaways movie was scheduled to start shooting in March and the expectation was that the youth-centered flick would share the summer of 2012 with The Avengers so Marvel and Disney would again have two theatrical releases that year. As of last week, the report came out from Deadline that Marvel is simply too busy to work on this next year and that Runaways has now been delayed.

Runaways tells the story of six teenagers who learn that their parents are super-villains. Together they gather weapons and run away to learn more about themselves and the powers they have, using them for good and not following the path of their parents.

While Runaways would undoubtedly be a lower-budget Marvel Entertainment production, it’s based on a series entirely unknown to the mainstream and would have to rely on casting and marketing to sell itself and not the brand or characters.  Could that be the main reason for the delay?

Marvel editor-in-chief reiterated recently in an interview with MTV that Marvel Studios isn’t a “big” company and they have to be careful about selecting what properties get the greenlight for film or their new-found TV division. They have to consider what fans want and what will work internationally since Disney is a very international corporation.

In the meantime, Sollett has been offered another director’s job but we do not know yet for what. Is it another Marvel film?

With Iron Man 3 getting a release date of May 3, 2013 after Disney bought back the distribution rights for it and The Avengers, this leaves empty gaps for at least a secondary film to debut in 2012 and 2013. Potential properties that could see theatrical release could be the long-awaited Ant-Man movie by Edgar Wright or perhaps an Iron Fist or Dr. Strange movie for which both projects have writers. Assuming Marvel (and Disney) wish to still make Runaways down the road, it could come a year later.

The goal for Marvel Studios is to have two blockbusters a year and while their may be plans in place for potential Marvel movies leading up to 2017, they’re going to have to move quick if they want to fit another in for 2012.

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Source: Deadline, MTV

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  1. Runaways is one of Marvel’s lesser-known properties, and they should concentrate on bigger projects for right now.

  2. I kind of saw this coming…The Runaways has a really interesting premise, but I’m sure that Marvel has “better” things to do at this point in the game.

  3. dammit i was looking forward to this one to… they need to start introducing characters(not the runaways of course) in other marvedl properties animations or cameos in the films captain america should have had a cameo in iron man 2 or thor and captain america should have a cameo at the end of the runaways like in the comic just to give it more leway as apart of the marvel universe

    • Yeah’ I’d love to see that too,I had the first issue of Rom under the Marvel banner(my aunt threw it away);(. The Micronaughts were toys too at first. I’m sure if Marvel felt that Rom could be a great live action or CGI animted movie, then Disney would make sure they get the rights to it. They’d rehash the toys and make all sorts of 2D animated stuff and propaganda on them.

        • Yeah I had a few issues of “Micronauts” and about a dozen or so “ROM Spaceknight”.

          They were pretty good. It would cool to see them upgraded.

  4. There have been unconfirmed reports that production on Runaways was only delayed until 2012, for a 2013 release. (See: Bleeding Cool)

    I believe the reason to be that there are really too many Marvel BRAND films being aimed for a 2012 release, even if they’re not all from Marvel STUDIOS itself.

    Films already set for release are:
    Ghost Rider 2, The Avengers, and the Spider-Man Reboot

    With Fox trying desperately to add:
    Wolverine 2, Deadpool, and the Fantastic Four reboot.

    So you can see why the one sensible studio in the group would want to hold back for a less crowded year.

    • That’s a good point. I bet Disney wishes they had Sony’s and Fox’s properties back… but then again, Marvel Studios couldn’t put out that many movies in one year either so it’s an interesting dilemma.

  5. With the way AMC (so far) is handling TWD you would think other properties like The Runaways could go that route too.

    Everything does not need to be a feature film made for 60 Billion dollars in 3D. Disney has association with a few cable and regular TV stations/channels.

    I would much rather see Runaways, Heroes for Hire and others regulated to TV.

    • I think they both would make good tv series not too excited about dare devil on net flicks but i would love to see them try to incorperate ghost rider into the MCU want to see fiege and marvelstudios take on it.