The success of Marvel Studios' "The Avengers" had one unintended side-effect, the death of a film adaptation of the Brian K. Vaughan comic "Runaways" at the same studio.
During a recent podcast Q&A, "Iron Man 3" co-writer Drew Pearce says the film - about a group of teenagers who discover that their parents are supervillains - was shelved post-"The Avengers".
"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, his master plan is.
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]."
"Runaways" was Pearce's first work with Marvel, and a script his "Iron Man 3" director Shane Black calls one of the better ones currently sitting on a shelf somewhere.