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Friday, February 7, 2014

'Iron Man 3' Scribe Drew Pearce Compared 'The Runaways' Script Like 'The Godfather'

Today Collider caught up with the scribe behind Iron Man 3 and his most recent work on the Marvel One-Shot: All Hail The King. In this interview he once again talks about his grand jewel The Runaways he wrote back in 2010. The Runaways follows a group of teenagers in the Marvel Universe who find out their parents are super villains known as "The Pride" that reside in LA. So the teenagers decided to run away but stumble upon where they truly come from.  From Aliens to Mutants to Mad Scientists.

In the beginning of the interview he speaks about his very first meeting at the Marvel offices:
DREW PEARCE: I adore the comics, and the first thing I ever talked to Marvel about.  In my first general meeting with Marvel, they were like, “We love No Heroics!  If there was anything you’d like to do at Marvel, what would it be?” and Runaways was at the top of my list.  I think Brian [K. Vaughan] is—often a misused word—a genius.  Saga currently shows that as well as anything else.
He goes onto talk about the first arc of the comic series being the template for his script:
PEARCE: So yeah, I had used the first arc as my template.  It’s a hugely cinematic arc.  I can’t really comment on how I used the twist, but I think thus far you can see from some of the stuff I’ve done I do quite like a twist.  You can definitely presume that some of the zig-zagging that goes on in Runaways the comic made it into the movie.
He then goes onto compared The Runaways being The Godfather of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not in terms of a great film but that it deals with a crime synidcate:
PEARCE: But I think the big difference being that—as grandiose as it sounds—cinematically I wanted it to reflect (and this is going to sound ridiculous), but for me, Runaways can be The Godfather of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  And The Pride in my version were an even more branded crime syndicate.  I think if you then look at the arcs and character twists you were talking about, and that lineage, it’s in a very analogous way.
Pearce then goes onto say that it takes the famous Spider-Man "With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility" and the kids do the opposite:
PEARCE: Plus, what I think is so original about Runaways is that it takes sort of the Spider-Man conceit of “With great power comes great responsibility” and I actually played that out on the other side of the fence.  The kids realize that through the misuse of power by their parents, and then have to find their own journey like it’s a mirror of that.  I think there is nothing like it in the world, in the world of superhero comics and in superhero movies.  And I think it could be brilliant.  As you can hear, I’m so deeply passionate about it, and I have no idea whether or not it gets made.
 Then lastly they ask if Pearce has ever talk to Joss Whedon about comics given that he wrote a run of The Runaways after Brian K. Vaughn:
PEARCE: No, actually.  I never have.  Whenever I see him, he is rushing down a corridor to a vis-effects meeting for one or another Avengers movie, and I’m slightly walking less busily in the other direction, and we say, “Hello.”  It’s not actually something we’ve talked about.  His run on the comic would definitely be a contender for third in the movie trilogy you would do with Runaways when it starts to get deeply cosmic and time travel becomes more of an expansive part of the story.  And I love what he did with it.  If anyone’s going to take over for BKV, it has to be Joss Whedon.

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