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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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This Week in Fandom, Volume 111

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you seen the new Good Omens TV show that debuted this week? What do you think? Are you one of the people helping to make Ineffable Husbands the top ship on Tumblr? Let us know in the comments!


After the controversial Game of Thrones finale we talked about last time, some fans have decided to do some good in the name of the fandom. Harper’s Bazaar has reported that fans have raised over US$105,000 for SameYou, a charity started by actress Emilia Clarke to help people recovering from brain injury and stroke. The fundraiser was initially posted to r/FreeFolk, the same subreddit where the petition to remake season 8 of Game of Thrones was posted.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 108

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, in case you haven’t heard, parts of the MCU movie Avengers: Endgame have been leaked. Be careful with spoilers, people.


Speaking of spoilers, this next section has plenty for The Magicians. Also, warning for mention of suicide.

The season four finale of the SyFy show aired this past week, and it sent fans reeling. In short, main character Quentin sacrificed his life to save his friends, and he won’t be back next season. Fans are upset about the message this sends, given that Quentin was a bisexual man who suffered from clinical depression, and they’re alleging that the show is using the Bury Your Gays trope and glorifying suicide. Read More