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This Week in Fandom, Volume 123

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! A few pieces of good news for you this week: but first, did you see that Good Omens star Michael Sheen and his partner had a baby this week? In an extremely fan-friendly move, they’ve called their daughter Lyra; which is only appropriate given that the new His Dark Materials series has been filming in Wales, where she was born. Do you know anybody named after a literary character? Have you called children (or pets!) after your best-beloved heroes? Let us know in the comments!


And now, on to the news. A few weeks ago we talked about the fact that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man was apparently out of the MCU, as Disney had failed to come to an agreement with Sony (who own the rights to the character). Well, all is not lost! This week, both parties announced that they’d figured out a solution and that Spidey will definitely be getting another MCU movie of his own, scheduled to debut on 16 July, 2021. In an article for CNBC, Sarah Whitten argues that ‘we have the fans to thank’ for this change of heart, quoting a number of industry experts to support her claim.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 122

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, here are the 2019 Emmy Award winners, courtesy of Vulture. What do you think of the results? Let us know in the comments!


There’s a new article from The Indian Express about fandom and fannish practices of fans in India. It talks about AO3’s Hugo win and how that’s “a moment of recognition” for the “oft-maligned genre.” The article tells the stories of numerous fans from around India and why they participate in fandom and produce fanworks.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 119

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we get started, have you seen the fandom lunch table meme that’s doing the rounds? Where are you sitting? Feel free to set your own challenges in the comments!


As the stars of Supernatural took a break from filming their 15th and final season to show up for a panel at the TCAs (and almost got kicked out of the party before it started), Hannah Collins at CBR took a moment to consider ‘How “Wincest” Became Supernatural Canon’. No, you didn’t read that wrong; the show hasn’t moved onto HBO for its final season. Instead, Collins’s article discusses Supernatural‘s well-known tendency to break the fourth wall. The show’s meta episodes have taken Sam and Dean to a fan convention, to a musical based on their lives, and even to the Vancouver set of Supernatural itself. This willingness on the part of the showrunners to embrace their fandom, to the point of incorporating them into the narrative, might well be one reason for its impressive longevity. And it’s not over yet. Fans of the show’s digressions into metafiction will be pleased to know that in a recent interview, the show’s longstanding executive producer Bob Singer promised one last ‘big, crazy swing’ before the series wraps up. Read More