Drew Pearce Talks About Other MARVEL One-Shots He’s Written And The RUNAWAYS
Iron Man 3 is the most talked about, and polarizing, Marvel movie to date. That’s thanks in large part to Drew Pearce and Shane Black‘s script and the Mandarin twist that has divided families and led to countless nerdy fistfights. Trevor Slatery was a conroversial character, but he isn’t a one off character. Pearce wrote and directed a new Marvel one-shot entitled All Hail The King starring Sir Ben Kingsley as the actor turned conman who is adjusting to prison life. The 14-minute mini-movie will be part of the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray release, but Pearce has been out and about lately promoting his short as well as talking about some of his other work for Marvel.
Speaking with Empire about how All Hail the King came together and what went into filming it, Pearce talked about the one-shot process and how it all comes down to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige‘s decision. The writer said he has actually written several other one-shots before the Slattery thing came together. When asked what those shorts were, Pearce said:
Oh, gosh – lots of them. One that was Sin and Crossbones (from Captain America). I love Jessica Jones, and while obviously Jessica Jones and Alias is NOW going to exist in the Netflix part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), I’d always obsessively been trying to put her in stuff I’d been working with Marvel on… but about three or four other ones, too.
My Marvel obsession with Damage Control is still there… but it’s pretty difficult to make into a short. The clue is in the title that you have to do a lot of damage to then control it – and that’s not really in the budget of a short movie. I just think it’s got huge potential as a franchise.
One of the things that got Pearce the Iron Man 3 job was his excellent script for the Runaways movie. That script was on the track to actually becoming a film, but then The Avengers happened. The team of super powered children of super villains, was abandoned when it was decided Joss Whedon would assemble Earth’s mightiest heroes. Pearce is still holding out hope that movie makes it out of the Marvel vaults one day, but when asked about the project he did talk a little about what that movie would have been about:
Honestly, telling the first arc of that story is the key to that story. I also think that one of the things that would make it so unique in the universe, and also a better movie in the MCU – if we made it now rather than four years ago – is that it could now be part of this tapestry where people are becoming aware of superheroes inside of the MCU. Which is what makes the comics so fun. But I think at its fundament, it’s a reverse twist on the Spider-Man theme that ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’, because it’s actually a movie where that relates to the parents and not the kids, and I’ve never seen a movie that does that, superhero or otherwise.
The realisation that your parents are fallible people, being heightened immeasurably by the fact that they’re superpowered people who are using their superpowers for evil and not good. I just think it’s the most potent idea and the script that exists at the moment takes an almost grandiose – almost Godfather-esque view of the crime syndicate. I just think it’s so rich as an idea. It’s just not as obvious as a single male superhero character, it’s not as marketable, and I think that’ll always be a hurdle with it.
The Runaways, as the writer says, would be harder to market than the other films. There is a chance Marvel could use the script later on down the line though. It appears Phase 3 is pretty well locked in, so it would have to be after some new characters are introduced and other films are on their second and third outings. We’ll just have to wait and see. Pearce may have a better shot at having his one-shot script for Crossbones made. With the character being introduced in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he could pop up somewhere else if all goes to plan and is received well. Peggy Carter had an action-packed short, so you can only imagine how a Crossbones one would go. What do you think about the writer’s comments?
Source : Total Film