Lots of maddening hints in the news today -- I share them merely in order to tease you as they have me.

Like this one, for example -- Justin Theroux says he and Jon Favreau have now decided on a villain for Iron Man 2, and the announcement will be held "at some Comic-Con or something." [IGN]

Or this: Guy Ritchie has a lead in mind for Sgt. Rock, but he won't say who, except that it's no one from his past films. So you can cross Jason Statham, Mark Strong, Robert Downey Jr., and Gerard Butler off the "Names That Rumor-Mongerers Love" list. He did say the script is done, it will be set in WWII, and it will feature Easy Company. However, the biggest hurdle in getting it made is its budget which is "slightly intimidating." [MTV Splash Page]

David S. Goyer says the Master of Magnetism's origin movie is on hold until X-Men Origins: Wolverine comes out. If Wolverine is a success, then Magneto gets his origin movie. I think that seems unfair, don't you? [Superhero Hype]





Speaking of origin movies, can you believe a Deadpool spin-off has been in the works for five years? And Ryan Reynolds has been attached the entire time? Jeff Katz says plans began around Blade: Trinity: "Ryan [Reynolds], [David] Goyer and I on Blade: Trinity, we were trying to put together a deal at New Line for a Deadpool movie. We thought the rights were clear and not part of the X-Men universe, so Ryan could play the character and Goyer could write. I can't remember why - I think they wanted to do a Blade spin-off instead - but it didn't come together. But Ryan, to his credit, has remained obsessed with the character." Katz reiterated that Deadpool is indeed set up to have his own spin-off by the end of Wolverine ... but like Magneto, his fortunes rise and fall based on how the Old Canuckehead's film does. [MTV Splash Page]

David Goyer (wow, lots of him today) doesn't seem to think The Dark Knight was snubbed at the Golden Globes, he just continues to be amazed at the film's success: "I think it's going to get some Academy Award nominations. And not just for Heath and not just for technical. I hope Chris [Nolan] gets a nomination. You look at it and it's actually one of the best reviewed films of the year. I think it would be cool to see a comic book movie make some headway in the Academy." [Superhero Hype]