New Avengers 4 Fan Theory Suggests Deadpool Could Help Defeat Thanos

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

There are a lot of questions surrounding Marvel’s upcoming Avengers 4, but one of the biggest mysteries is which superhero will be the key to defeating the almighty Thanos? It’s a big job, after all, as the hero will need to not only take down Thanos but also help resurrect the lives of those lost in the deadly snap at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.

While the job might go to Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, as Nick Fury called her in the third film’s post-credits scene, a new fan theory explains why it might actually be the sarcastic Deadpool who saves the world instead.

According to the theory from Reddit, Ant-Man would be able to access various alternate realities due to his journey into the Quantum Realm. One of these alternate realities could be the universe in which Deadpool resides. Fans may recall that at the end of Deadpool 2, Wade Wilson gains access to a working version of Cable’s time travel device. If Ant-Man could find Deadpool and convince him to lend him the machine, he would be able to take it back to the MCU and use it to go back in time, allowing him to stop Thanos from killing half of the universe. (For the sake of argument, we'll conveniently ignore that both Cable and Thanos are played by Josh Brolin.)

If this theory were true, it would explain all of the time travel and flashbacks that fans are expecting in the Russo brothersAvengers 4. It would also throw the fun talent of Paul Rudd and Ryan Reynolds together into one MCU movie, which is a collaboration that we’re all dying to see. Unfortunately, however, there’s no way that these events can actually happen—at least not in time for Avengers 4.

Disney is currently in the process of purchasing 21st Century Fox, which would allow Deadpool and the other X-Men characters to appear in the MCU films. But the deal isn’t finished yet, which means that it's highly unlikely we'll see Deadpool helping Ant-Man any time soon. Avengers 4 has already been filmed, after all, and the earliest this deal will be completed is January 2019. So the timeline doesn't work.

The good news is that if the purchase does happen, we could see Deadpool make an appearance in the next MCU film—although we still don’t know which other Marvel heroes will still be around to welcome him.

Party Like a Hobbit at Chicago’s Lord of the Rings Pop-Up Bar

Gollum and a Ringwraith loom near Bilbo's hobbit hole at Replay Lincoln Park's Lord of the Rings pop-up bar.
Gollum and a Ringwraith loom near Bilbo's hobbit hole at Replay Lincoln Park's Lord of the Rings pop-up bar.
Replay Lincoln Park

One does not simply walk into Mordor, but one does simply walk into The Lord of the Rings pop-up bar in Chicago—as long as you’re at least 21 years old, of course.

Replay Lincoln Park, known for elaborate themed pop-ups for Game of Thrones, South Park, and other entertainment franchises, has transformed its premises into a magical reproduction of Middle-earth aptly called “The One Pop-Up to Rule Them All,” open now through March 23.

Inside, you’ll be able to crouch under an outcropping of tangled tree roots while one of the dreaded Nazgûl lurks above you, high-five a grimacing Gollum, and snap photos with all your favorite Lord of the Rings characters.

nazgul at the lord of the rings pop-up bar at chicago's replay lincoln park
The Nazgûl like to party, too.
Replay Lincoln Park

You might want to skip elevenses to make sure you have plenty of room for a Hobbit-approved feast during your visit. The menu, catered by Zizi’s Cafe, features items like Fried Po-tay-toes, Lord of the Wings, Beef Lembas, and Pippen’s Popcorn.

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Say hello to a friendly Ent while you munch on "Pippen's Popcorn."
Replay Lincoln Park

According to Thrillist, there will be three different counters in the bar, each with its own specialty drinks. Head to The Prancing Pony for a second breakfast shot (maple whiskey, bacon, and orange juice), or take a trip to Minas Tirith to toss back a palantir shot, made of silver tequila and passion fruit purée. If you’re in the mood for a little dark magic, you can trek over to Mordor and try a “my precious” shot, a fusion of dark rum, orange liquor, and Cajun seasoning.

lord of the rings pop-up bar at chicago's replay lincoln park
The Eye of Sauron is watching you order another round of Mordor shots.
Replay Lincoln Park

For those of you who are happy to accompany your Tolkien-obsessed friends to the pop-up but aren’t exactly tickled at the sight of a moss-covered Ent replica yourselves, take heart in this added bonus: Replay Lincoln Park also boasts more than 60 free arcade games and pinball machines.

[h/t Thrillist]

K-Swiss Has Cooked Up an Entire Line of Breaking Bad Sneakers

Breaking Bad lives on in sneaker form.
Breaking Bad lives on in sneaker form.

Breaking Bad has been off the air for nearly seven years, but there’s no sign that AMC’s breakthrough drama is showing any hints of slowing down. On the heels of their success with a limited-edition Breaking Bad sneaker in October 2019, K-Swiss has returned to the seedy underbelly of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with an entire line of shoes.

The company announced a joint venture with Sony Pictures Consumer Products for three new sneakers based on the popular drug-running series starring Bryan Cranston as Walter White, a chemistry teacher-turned-unlikely drug kingpin. All of the K-Swiss x Breaking Bad Classic 2000 varieties are based on the K-Swiss Classic 2000 low-top design and take inspiration from different elements of the show.

The Cooking shoe has a yellow color scheme that takes after the protective suits worn by Walter and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) during meth cooks. K-Swiss will make 1144 pairs available:

The K-Swiss x 'Breaking Bad' Classic 2000 Cooking sneaker is pictured
The K-Swiss x Breaking Bad Classic 2000 Cooking sneaker.

The Cleaning shoe (1162 pairs) is patterned after the jumpers worn by the two during the cleaning of their elaborate underground lab built by drug lord Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito):

The K-Swiss x 'Breaking Bad' Classic 2000 Cleaning sneaker is pictured
The K-Swiss x Breaking Bad Classic 2000 Cleaning sneaker.

The Recreational Vehicle design, with a stripe that looks like the exterior of White’s mobile meth laboratory, resembles the October 2019 shoe release. K-Swiss will make 1396 pairs available:

The K-Swiss x 'Breaking Bad' Classic 2000 Recreational Vehicle sneaker is pictured
The K-Swiss x Breaking Bad Classic 2000 Recreational Vehicle sneaker.

The Cooking and Cleaning shoes have “Heisenberg,” Walter’s alias, written on the sole:

The K-Swiss x 'Breaking Bad' Classic 2000 Cooking sneaker sole with 'Heisenberg' printed on it is pictured
The K-Swiss x Breaking Bad Classic 2000 Cooking and Cleaning sneakers have 'Heisenberg' printed on the sole.

All the sneakers come packaged in a Breaking Bad periodic table box. Men’s sizes retail for $80 to $90. No women’s sizes have been announced. You can find them in limited quantities online at,,, and beginning February 20.