Could the big-screen adaptation of Runaways be Marvel Studios’ Goonies? Kevin Feige sure hopes so.
“I love the idea of kids banding together, discovering this thing,” the president of production tells MTV.com, “which I think all kids secretly wonder at one time or another whether their parents are good or evil. Well, these guys find out, unfortunately, that their parents happen to be supervillains. I loved, when I was a kid, movies like Goonies and Explorers — and a non-genre example of that is Stand by Me — the idea that when I came home from school, I could go on an adventure anywhere.”
Announced in May, Runaways is based on the Marvel Comics series created in 2003 by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. In it, a group of teen-agers discover their parents are part of a crime organization called the Pride. The kids defeat their parents, and then protect Los Angeles from the criminals who pour in to fill the void in the underworld.
Vaughan is writing the script, which Feige says will essentially follow the comic’s initial story arc.
Marvel’s movie slate is filled through 2012, which will see the release of The First Avenger: Captain America and The Avengers; Runaways will come sometime after.
It also may signal a new direction for Marvel Studios films, as it’s unlikely to feature the cameos and Easter eggs that form the building blocks of the current stable.
“If it fits a dramatic moment that we want to get across in the film, we would be able to do that — but I wouldn’t want to rely on having Iron Man come in and wave every five minutes so we can put that in the commercial and sell more,” Feige said.