Holding Out for an Antihero
I’m stoked about all the Marvel-universe movies scheduled to come out over the next few years, but where is Deadpool’s stand-alone film? Ryan Reynolds was an excellent choice as Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the Deadpool character was botched horribly. Keep Reynolds, and give us the Deadpool movie we’ve all been waiting for!—Brant Wilson, Sunset, Utah
The editors respond… Unlike most Marvel properties, which are overseen by Marvel Studios, Deadpool is licensed to Twentieth Century Fox. Studio reps tell us, ”Deadpool is a character we continue to develop as part of the X-Men universe.” So don’t rule out a future appearance — crazier things have happened in that world.
Please let Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, the two incredible stars of Before Midnight, know that if they walked around Greece or Paris or Vienna or the shopping mall down the street discussing their relationship for two days straight, I’d be sitting there rapt through every second of it. You can have your umpteenth Hangover or Iron Man or Fast & Furious sequel — nothing has me bristling with anticipation this year like Before Midnight.—Wes May Nashville
No Cruel Intentions
While Bullseye is my guilty pleasure, I felt like a disappointed parent when I read the comment on Kim Kardashian. I do not particularly care for her, but classifying Kim in the same category as elephants and whales was a low blow. Pick on her for something else, but not for weight gain during pregnancy. —Jody Eischens Excelsior, Minn.
Bullseye responds… Ooof. You’re right — that sounds horrible and wasn’t our intention. The joke was not meant as commentary about Kim Kardashian’s weight, but rather on how it seems she’s been pregnant since the Mesozoic era. (To be clear, we’re also not calling her a dinosaur.) In fact, the first draft of Bullseye actually said ”giraffes and rhinos,” but our fact-checking team informed us that elephants and whales have longer gestation periods. Hence the change. Apologies to Ms. Kardashian. In all seriousness, we wish her the best.
It was unintentionally hilarious to read the interview with Charlaine Harris about ”Sookie Stackhouse’s Final Chapter” (News and Notes), especially after Dalton Ross’ column about spoilers a few weeks back. Though Harris’ Dead Ever After was released on May 7, an online seller carelessly sold it early to a reader and the controversial ending was posted on the Web. Cue 80 zillion readers losing their minds. EW always asks what I want to know, but questions like ”There’s been so much buildup to this final book. Have you been getting lots of mail?” took on a whole new meaning given the online furor.—MaryJanice Davidson St. Paul
The Avengers 2 is on track for May 2015. But the man who fills Iron Man’s suit isn’t locked in. (He’s preparing to renegotiate with Marvel.) EW.com readers debate whether Robert Downey Jr. can be replaced.
Robert Downey Jr. is not replaceable. If Iron Man 3 shows us anything, it’s that he is Tony Stark. The rapid-fire wit, the underlying pain, the heart…that’s all Downey. And if it does become a 007 case, then unfortunately we could have another George Lazenby on our hands. —Tenchigtx
Iron Man can totally be recast. The character has been a mainstay in comics for many decades. There’s no doubt that Downey made the role his own and a replacement may be a hard sell. But that can be overcome with a talented actor and a smartly written script by… I don’t know, someone like Joss Whedon? —Guest
Not Gonna Happen
I expect that there will be a resolution to this. Not only does Marvel need Downey to anchor the franchise, he’s also said that he loves doing this. You can see it in his interactions with fans. That said, he is nearly 50. Marvel needs to lock him in but prepare to make the most of his next contract. —Kelder01
As much as I love RDJ in the role, the great thing about the Avengers/Marvel universe is its stable of characters. So if they can’t come to terms, there’s no need to recast Iron Man — just pull other characters out and use their introduction as the basis of a story. —Marcelwatier