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“The Avengers” put “Runaways” on hold, but Marvel’s teen superheroes could team up in 2012

“The Avengers” put “Runaways” on hold, but Marvel’s teen superheroes could team up in 2012 (photo)

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With all of the action surrounding the run-up to “The Avengers,” it didn’t come as much of a surprise last year when Marvel Studios and Paramount announced plans to temporarily shelve “Runaways,” a film based on a team of teenage superheroes.

During a recent screenwriting panel, the author of the “Runaways” script confirmed that the success of “The Avengers” had indeed prompted Marvel to back-burner the teen superhero film, but also indicated that a finished script is ready and waiting for a potential 2012 green light.

“Basically, ‘The Avengers’ came along and everything else at Marvel got put on hold for a year,” said Drew Pearce during the panel (as reported by The Playlist). “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.”

For those unfamiliar with the film’s source material, “Runaways” is based on an ongoing comic book series created by “Lost” writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Adrian Alphona. The series followed a group of five L.A. teenagers who discover that their parents are actually part of secret supervillain cabal that controls the West Coast. They decide to take down their parents, and use a variety of inherited abilities and street smarts to bring down the bad guys.

The series was notable for being canceled early on but eventually returning due to a massive outpouring of fan support. Runaways was so popular, in fact, that after Vaughan and Alphona left the series in 2006, Joss Whedon filled in as the book’s writer for several issues.

The “Runaways” movie has been in development for a few years now with little progress. Pearce was named the screenwriter for the project after gaining attention as the producer and writer for “No Heroics,” a British superhero comedy. Most recently, he joined Shane Black as a a co-writer on “Iron Man 3” and also landed a gig adapting the DC series The Mighty for Paramount.

With Disney and Marvel recently tagging a pair of upcoming weekends in 2014 for upcoming movie releases, there’s reason to believe one of those dates could become the “Runaways” premiere — though everything is still very much up in the air regarding the project.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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