Back in the Spring of 2010 word got around that Marvel was beginning work on a film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s well regarded comic about teen superheroes “The Runaways.” The screenplay for the film was to be written by No Heroics creator Drew Pearce and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist helmer Peter Sollet was going to be directing. But something with that plan went wrong, because before the project could begin production, Marvel removed it from their schedule. And seeing as they went on to hire Pearce to write the script for Iron Man 3 after that, it didn’t seem like the reason The Runaways got cancelled was a problem with the script. So what happened?
While attending a recent panel conversation, The Playlist asked Pearce just that, and he revealed that the reason The Runaways got taken off the schedule was Joss Whedon’s upcoming superhero team-up movie The Avengers taking up all of Marvel’s attention. Pearce said, “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.”
Marvel definitely has plans to release two films in 2014, one on May 16th and one on June 27th, but nobody knows which titles are going to be plugged into those slots. Between this, the in development Dr. Strange film, and Edgar Wright’s long gestating Ant-Man movie, the studio certainly has a number of options. Going by source material, I think that The Runaways would be the film that I would be most looking forward to happening, but it’s hard to overlook the marquee name that Wright brings to the Ant-Man project. Given the choice, what property do you want to see Marvel concentrate on first after they release The Avengers?