Marvel's <strong><em>Runaways</em></strong> adaptation delayed because of <strong><em>Marvel's The Avengers</em></strong>
Back in October 2010, we reported that Marvel Studios delayed their comic book adaptation Runaways, which had Peter Sollett attached to direct from a screenplay by Drew Pearce. The screenwriter recently spoke about this long-delayed project, which was put on the back-burner because of Marvel's The Avengers. He also hopefully teased that it may become a Marvel Phase Three movie.

"We were really close to being made, and then this movie started to happen called The Avengers. 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, what his master plan is."

However, Shane Black, who directed Iron Man 3 from a script he co-wrote with Drew Pearce, reveals that the chances of Runaways becoming a Phase Three movie are actually quite slim.

"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]."

The Runaways comic book series was launched in 2003 by creator Brian K. Vaughan, which followed a group of teenagers who learn that their parents are actually super villains. They run away from home together, discovering their own inherited abilities while trying to stop them from doing any further damage.