Marvel's 'Runaways' Shelved in Post-'Avengers' Marvel Movieverse

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Wondering what happened to Marvel's "Runaways" movie adaptation? According to screenwriter Drew Pearce, the answer is "The Avengers."

Last summer, it wasn't just an alien invasion and rogue Asgardian trickster that Marvel's the Avengers stopped dead in their tracks. According to Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce, the success of last year's superhero team-up killed the movie version of Brian K. Vaughan's Runaways at the studio, as well.

Talking during the Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith, a podcast recorded following a screening of Iron Man 3 at the Los Angeles Film School, Pearce explained that the adaptation of Vaughan's 2003 Marvel series -- about a group of teenagers who discover that their parents are actually supervillains -- was shelved after Avengers became such a big deal.

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"We were really close to being made, and then this movie started to happen called The Avengers," explained Pearce, whose screenplay for the project was his first work for Marvel. "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."

Iron Man 3 director Shane Black called Pearce's screenplay "one of the better screenplays that's sitting on a shelf somewhere," but warned that anyone waiting for a Runaways Phase Three movie will be waiting for awhile. "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]."

Iron Man 3 is being released on DVD and Blu-ray today. Go watch it, and think good thoughts for an eventual Runaways movie.