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This Week in Fandom, Volume 114

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s round up of things that are happening! Before we get started, did you see that Avengers: Endgame will be re-released in cinemas on June 28, in a bid to break Avatar‘s longstanding box office record? The re-release will come with a deleted scene, an introduction from Marvel’s Kevin Feige, and some new preview footage of the upcoming Spiderman: Far from Home. Is it worth going back to the cinema for? What do you think? Let us know in the comments!


A few weeks ago we wrote about the television adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 novel Good Omens. Unfortunately, the series’ religious themes have proven upsetting for some viewers. This week, the US Foundation for a Christian Civilisation obtained 20,000 signatures on a petition demanding that Netflex cancel the show; which was aired, as it happens, as a one-off miniseries on Amazon Prime. Both networks got some mileage out of the mix-up: Read More

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 113

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you miss E3 this year? If so, don’t worry, there are plenty of roundups of the big stories from the expo. Happy gaming!


One of the big pieces of news to break this week was the story that author Suzanne Collins is writing a Hunger Games prequel. According to Cnet, the book will “explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival” with a story set 64 years before the already-published trilogy. Read More

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 112

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s round up of things which are happening! Before we get started, did you see that the new His Dark Materials TV show has cast its Will? What do you think of the choice? Are you as excited for the series as we are? Let us know in the comments!


One series that doesn’t seem to be shining lately is the current X-Men movie franchise. The latest and apparently final title in the current run, X Men: Dark Phoenix, took less money on its opening weekend than any of its predecessors; Deadline suggested that the movie is likely to lose over $100m. Reviewers for Variety, Empire, and NBC praised Dark Phoenix for its nuanced relationship dynamics and exploration of female power; but the overall critical reception has been lukewarm, with other commentators labeling Simon Kinberg’s movie ‘forgettable’ and ‘minor-league’. One particularly derisive article on Vulture gets a good deal of (spoilerific!) comic mileage out of one of the film’s key action sequences, which involves a lot of effort on the part of the X-Men to make a very short journey indeed. As most of the reviewers note, Dark Phoenix’s underperformance doesn’t much matter. The whole franchise is likely to be rebooted by Disney as they integrate the X-Men into the wider MCU.

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