‘Runaways’ Can Still Happen After ‘The Avengers’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:22 pm,

Marvel Runaways Movie Drew Pearce Runaways Can Still Happen After The Avengers

With all of Marvel’s attention centered in on the core roster of superheroes for The Avengers, fans of the books sit patiently awaiting the day they’ll start to see other heroes from the vast Marvel Comics library get some time to shine on the silver screen. From names like Dr. Strange and Black Panther to Luke Cage and Iron Fist, we keep hearing about them happening without actually seeing them happening.

That was about to change last year when director Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) was preparing to begin filming on Runaways this past March, a movie based on Marvel’s award-winning comic series of the same name by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. The film was expected to release next year, sharing the summer with The Avengers and giving Marvel Studios the second part of their planned annual pair of theatrical releases – but instead, Marvel put Runaways on indefinite hold.

Drew Pearce (No Heroics) was the man behind the Runaways screenplay and he fortunately got another gig from Marvel Studios, helping pen the script for Iron Man 3 alongside Shane Black, but it seemed his work on Runaways may have been all for naught. After all, with The Avengers coming out all by itself in 2012, and 2013 booked for Iron Man 3, Thor 2 and potentially a fall release of Ant-Man, when would they have time for Runaways?

According to Pearce, who recently spoke about the the film’s delay at a screenwriting panel, he’s optimistic Runaways can still happen for Marvel.

“Basically, ‘The Avengers’ came along and everything else at Marvel got put on hold for a year. But the script is there, we’re good go. It’s kind of like [being] at the airport when you’re waiting for your slot to take off with Marvel, and we’re hoping we get a slot next year. Fingers crossed. They’re very happy with it, so hopefully it happens.”

Runaways is a lower budget flick that would theoretically make user of lesser-known, more affordable young actors, so its production and release date shouldn’t impact the studio and their bigger cinematic universe plans – it could be an entirely standalone project.

Disney is officially claiming a pair of theatrical release dates in 2014 (May 16th, 2014 and June 27th, 2014); that marks two dates for Marvel blockbusters, so it’s unlikely we’ll see Runaways in either of those key summer slots. It’s more likely those will be reserved for sequels to The Avengers and Captain America: The First Avenger, unless properties such as Guardians of the Galaxy or Dr. Strange hit tentpole status and finally get the greenlight.

Disney’s D23 event kicks off this weekend, and with the promised presence of The Avengers there is the possibility of more news being announced, but it’s more likely Marvel will stick to their branding efforts for The Avengers. As much as I’d like to see Runaways happen, telling a story about six teens on the run after learning their parents are super-villains is something I don’t think Marvel has the time for, given the way they’re doing things at the moment.

For now, we await The Avengers, opening in theaters on May 4, 2012.

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  1. The Runaways was a good series, but I want Black Panther! :( ooh well *sigh*

    I’m sure D23 (this weekend) will bring a lot of very important news about Marvel’s movie plans… CAN’T WAIT 😀 (for the news I mean, not D23.)

    • Oh yeah, I forget: FIRST! 😀

      But seriously, if this movie DOES happen, it might still be a while considering all the BIG Marvel blockbusters coming out over the next few years(except if the Runaways will be a small budget movie, then I would bet it could still fit into 2014.)

  2. Meh.

    • “Meh” is right.

  3. Since Disney owns Marvel now, there shouldn’t be a reason why they can’t do multiple movies at the same time. At $7.00 for a bottle of water at the park and $12.00 to get in a theatre and $30.00 at the consession stand.. oh I think someone is getting paid (yes, I know the theatres don’t have anything to do with Disney Co, but this is screenrant…and well, I ranted)

  4. I just got into the series and I love it. My only question is if the film will cover the entire first three volumes of the series that wraps up the “pride” story line or if it will cover just the six issues or first volume.

  5. i really want to see a black panther movie

    • You’re preachin’ to the choir dude 😉

      • I am disappointed marvel is talking about making Dr Strange as oppose to jumping on doing the Black Panther. Not feeling another hairy pottered style movie for D.S. Bring on the Panther!

    • Black Panther is probably the next character I’d like to see the most as well.

      • I want to see a black widow movie!

    • I want a black panther movie too! If only they could make it before Avengers 2, then he’d probably star in it. And with the Runaways, perhaps at the end of Avengers 2, they’d have some sort of cameo from the movie at the end of the credits. That would be cool!

  6. I’d LOVE to see this as Marvel’s next in-production movie although it’d be fun to see Dr Strange helping them out (despite whatever happens in the comic) so maybe his movie should come out first.
    maybe this time they wont whitewash the cast.
    the girl who’s in Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Brothers would be perfect for Molly

  7. Runa-WHOS? First Guardians of the Galaxy, I was like alright I guess, but THIS? I WANT BLACK PANTHER AND DR STRANGE!!!!! ARGH!

  8. A sequel to Captain America would be strange. Unless you add the Falcon there’s no point. A movie in the past would just be trying to hard, and those grandpa views of the world would be unheroic if written correctly.

    Cap should just lead the Avengers in all sequels.

  9. Runaways is the best series ,i love them.. and i want this is gonna happen to the movie..

    and don’t forget to continue story to vol.4 for Runaways.. i like every story for runaways ,not make me bored…

  10. I’m so bummed that they halted production for this movie because I really like the series. I’m always for untraditional superhero movies and it sucks that this is getting back burner for sequels.

    They also need to hurry up with that Deadpool movie.