Want To See the First Five Minutes of Marvel’s Secret Invasion? Here’s the Super-Secret Way To Do So

The next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Secret Invasion, is set to premiere on Disney+ in two weeks. The limited series is centered on Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, who realizes the shapeshifting Skrulls are waging a clandestine attack against Earth. The trailer paints the show as a thriller-esque endeavor, and—thanks to something cooked up by Marvel Studios’ marketing team—we now can watch the first five minutes of the series if we do some sleuthing of our own.

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The Venture Bros. Finally Return in Trailer for Radiant Is the Blood of the Baboon Heart

Break out your speed suits—The Ventures Bros. is back, baby! The animated show was sadly canceled in 2020 after seven seasons, reneging on the announcement that an eighth and final season was in the works. The end of the show made Season Seven’s final words—“The Venture Bros. will return”—seem like a cruel mockery. That mockery has transformed into joy, however, with the news that The Venture Bros. will, in fact, be coming back in a feature-length project. That feature is called The Venture Bros.: Radiant Is the Blood of the Baboon Heart, and it’s set to come out this July. To celebrate the announcement of the release date, Adult Swim put out a trailer for our enjoyment.

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The Boogeyman Provides Genuine Horror, But Doesn’t Fully Embrace Its Darkness

The Boogeyman isn’t the most successful Stephen King adaptation out there, but it’s creepy, well-acted, and fun in a sick kind of way. It has one of the most disturbing openings I’ve seen, which I’ll get into below the cut. The film was initially going to go straight to Hulu, but test audiences responded so well (and apparently, Stephen King himself responded so well) that the producers pushed for a theatrical release.

I think this was good call, as the atmosphere and sound design worked really really well in the theater, especially with a few groups of teens shrieking and giggling enthusiastically as the horror unfolded. Nothing makes a horror movie sing like an audience that’s willing to commit.

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Growing Up With Alice’s Wonderland and Sarah’s Labyrinth

Between the bullying I faced at school and a slew of family problems at home, my teenaged self found an escape in portal fantasies. At 16, I was shy, precocious, and full of fear—I’d never had a boyfriend, but I was deeply disturbed by the male attention I received on the early social media sites. Stories of girls disappearing down rabbit holes or being whisked into a fantastical underworld—populated by strange creatures and even stranger men—toppling law and order, and then triumphantly returning to real life, became favorite templates onto which I could project my fantasies and trauma.

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Do You Ever Stop and Think About Paragraphs?

The first sentence of Angélica Gorodischer’s Kalpa Imperial is more than 200 words long. Two hundred and seventeen, if my hasty count is correct. I’ve had writing assignments meant to cover entire movies or concerts that were shorter than that. And there is more to that single paragraph—in the edition translated by Ursula K. Le Guin—before the writer moves on to the next thought, the next indent.

I think about this paragraph, with its one epic sentence, a lot. And I’ve been thinking about it more since an online event a few months ago during which the interviewer asked Kelly Link if there were any questions she wished people would ask her. Link said, after thinking for a moment, that she would like to talk about paragraphs. That she had questions about paragraphs.

And all of a sudden, so did I.

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5 Vibrantly Queer Thai TV Shows

Welcome back for the second installment of Queering SFF’s Big Gay Pride Month Recommendation List(s), for getting our vibes right via arts and entertainment. Last week I gathered four weird and sexy books for summer reading, and this week we’re talking television—specifically, because it’s been giving me life over the last eighteen months, the vibrant LGBTQ+ media scene coming out of Thailand.

If you’re newly dipping your toes into transnational queer media, consider this a starter package. Whatever flavor you’re searching for—whether campy, horny, serious, compassionate, and/or funny as hell—there’s something ready to satisfy. While there may be a learning curve with story structure, genre tropes, or language… isn’t that part of the fun? To fondly borrow the words of Parasite director Bong Joon-ho, “Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.”

Watching these series, then getting familiar with their actors and directors, has revitalized my own belief in and excitement about queer visual media. As I said after watching Kinnporsche: La Forte, “Wait, holy shit, we’re allowed to just do that?”

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Series: Queering SFF

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien Is Getting an Expanded Edition

The first edition of The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien came out in 1981 and included 354 letters from Tolkien, edited by his biographer, Humphrey Carpenter, and his son, Christopher. At the time, the two wanted to include more correspondence, but weren’t able to because of publishing restrictions. Over forty years later, times have changed, and HarperCollins will be releasing an expanded edition of Letters later this year.

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No Live Organism Can Continue For Long: Arkady Martine’s “Rose/House”

Welcome back to Reading the Weird, in which we get girl cooties all over weird fiction, cosmic horror, and Lovecraftiana—from its historical roots through its most recent branches.

This week, we cover Arkady Martine’s Rose/House novella, just released this year by Subterranean Press. Spoilers ahead—but we highly recommend grabbing the ebook and reading it yourself first!

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Series: Reading the Weird

Jenna Ortega Says Second Season of Wednesday Will “Lean Into The Horror”

Netflix’s Wednesday, the show centered on the titular member of the Addams Family, was a surprise hit for the streaming platform. It was no surprise then, that it got renewed for a second season. What that new season will entail remains a mystery. In a recent interview, however, Wednesday actor Jenna Ortega (pictured above) hinted at what we might see in the upcoming episodes.

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