You cannot complain that I did not give you a spoiler warning on this one. Of all the articles I expected to write about IT Chapter Two , I can definitely say that writing about how they made the relationship between Richie Tozier and Eddie Kaspbrak canonically romantic was not one of them. I had hoped that the film might dive into the subtext for both characters, but I never actually thought that director Andy Muschietti and screenwriter Gary Dauberman would actually make their relationship canon, with little to no room for argument. Richie is canonically not straight, and Eddie is highly coded as not being straight either. Richie is also in love with Eddie, going as far as to carve their initials on the kissing bridge in town, which is not something you just do for your best buddy. It feels almost surreal to have a major film that actually wants to engage with this reading of the text, rather than to just blink past it or turn it into the butt of a joke. He gets some of the best jokes for sure, but while the other Losers have emotional arcs, Richie just sort of operated as snarky sidekick for the entire film. His emotional journey in the second film retroactively gives him more depth in the first film as well as advances the character beautifully in Chapter Two , because we realize what his deepest fears and insecurities were about.
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I wasn't Reddie for it.
Eddie is constantly shown to be a germophobe. This is especially apparent when he is reluctant to go into the sewers, and when he puts an inhaler over his mouth while cleaning Beverly 's bathroom after blood sprayed all over it. In the book, Eddie is described as the shortest of the group, has a thin, delicate-looking face, gray eyes and briefly mentioned to have a flattop haircut when Mr. Keene tells him his medicine are placebos. In the mini-series and film adaption, Eddie is still the shortest of the group but has a more average-lookzing appearance. Later on when Eddie is older in the novel, he is mentioned to bare a resemblance to Anthony Perkins. Eddie is technically the first member besides Bill of what later would become the Losers Club. As a child, Eddie was regarded as a fragile individual who was a hypochondriac, scared of the world and avoiding most situations in fear of getting sick or injured. However, he later proves that he is one of the strongest of the Losers when he is able to stand up to his overbearing mother and even save the Losers in the sewer. His father died from cancer in , when Eddie was five years old.
She's only onscreen for a minute, but IT Chapter Two reveals that Eddie Kaspbarak went on to marry a woman exactly like his mother, literally. Of the Losers' Club members, Eddie is often one of the least interested in embarking on dangerous adventures. That makes sense, as his mother's constant fussing has led to him becoming a hypochondriac, and forming a false dependence on an inhaler for his actually nonexistent asthma. As Eddie eventually learns from creepy Derry pharmacist Mr. Keene, his asthma medicine is just a placebo, which he hilariously misstates later as "gazebos.
Richie Tozier : Hey Eddie, are these your birth control pills? Eddie Kaspbrak : Yeah, I'm saving them for your sister! Eddie Kaspbrak : They're gazebos! They're bullshit! Bill Denbrough : No Georgie wore galoshes.