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We Want to Join Spider-Man’s Book Club!

Are you seeing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse this weekend? (You should, because if the opening half hour shown at New York Comic-Con is any indication, this will be The Greatest Spider-Movie.) We’re even more excited for the film than before, because we’ve just learned just learned that Miles Morales’ first big screen adventure contains a fabulous literary Easter egg: a new fictional book by Black Leopard, Red Wolf author Marlon James!

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Tom Holland and Chris Pratt to Play Elf Brothers in New Disney•Pixar Fantasy Adventure Onward

Disney•Pixar has announced Onward, a new animated adventure starring Star-Lord and Peter Parker Chris Pratt and Tom Holland as elf brothers searching for lost magic in a “suburban fantasy” world. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer also star. While Toy Story 4 comes out in June of 2019, ahead of Onward’s 2020 release, this is Pixar Animation’s next original/non-sequel story since 2017’s Coco.

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Read Brandon Sanderson’s New Magic: The Gathering Novella Free on December 12!

All year, Brandon Sanderson fans have wondered what the prolific author’s “secret project” could be, but today’s announcement from io9 has answered that question: Sanderson, a longtime fan of Magic: The Gathering, has written a M:TG novella. Magic: Children of the Nameless explores the connections between Tacenda, a young woman with the power to protect those around her… until she can’t; and Davriel, a Planeswalker of Sanderson’s own creation. And the best part is, you can read the entire novella starting December 12.

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Get Into the Holiday Spirit With This Heartwarming The LEGO Movie 2 Short

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part won’t hit theaters until February, when we’re deep into winter’s bitter chill, but here’s a cute little short to tide you over and help you go into the holidays with peace and goodwill. “Emmet’s Holiday Party” has everyone’s favorite normal special guy bringing cheer to Apocalypseburg despite Wyldstyle’s brooding about the impending Duplo threat. That cheer includes a tree dressed by Wonder Woman’s lasso, Green Lantern’s lights, Unikitty’s rainbow puke, and Batman in an ugly Christmas sweater.

Honestly, we would watch an entire LEGO Movie holiday special.

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Amazon Studios to Produce Deadtown and Launch Superhero Universe from Catherynne M. Valente’s The Refrigerator Monologues

The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne M. Valente’s brilliant mashup of the intimate confessions of The Vagina Monologues with a scathing commentary on comic books’ tendency to fridge superhero wives/girlfriends/sidekicks, is being adapted for television. Amazon Studios will produce Deadtown, a pilot that will in turn establish what Deadline describes as “an original superhero universe set in the modern era with an underlying theme of female empowerment.” Shauna Cross (Whip It, If I Stay, What to Expect When You’re Expecting) will write the pilot.

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Titans Clash in the New Godzilla: King of the Monsters Trailer

“So, you’d want to make Godzilla our pet?”
“No. We would be his.”

The new trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters has that excellent exchange, plus the promised look at each of the legendary titans—some who will help save humanity, some who could wipe us out unless Godzilla agrees to protect us as if we were man’s—er, monster’s best friend.

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Watch the First Trailer for James Gunn’s Superhero Horror Movie Brightburn

Imagine you’re Martha and Jonathan Kent, and Kal-El’s ship crashes into your backyard—the universe answering your dreams for a child. So you bury the ship in the barn, raise this otherworldly visitor as your human son, and all is well until Clark begins manifesting powers. Except instead of doing good and growing up into a beloved icon to protect America and the world… he acts a bit more like Damien from The Omen.

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Heeere’s Ghidorah in the Latest Godzilla: King of the Monsters Footage

Update: We mistakenly identified this as an entirely new trailer when it was just the first trailer with some added footage. We’ve updated accordingly and will post when the real second trailer is released.

The latest footage from Godzilla: King of the Monsters continues to be lyrical and weirdly affecting, establishing that humans are the real monsters and the mythological titans must save us from ourselves. Including Godzilla, of course, but also King Ghidorah, who gets the big (albeit grainy, so not the top image) reveal in this trailer.

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8 Post-Snap Questions We Have About Avengers: Endgame

Okay, so we all care about what’s happening to our super friends in Avengers: Endgame, but you know who else we care about? All the normal people who were hanging around doing normal stuff when Thanos’s Snappening happened—you know, like the Avengers: Infinity War post-credits scene barely scratched the surface of showing. This wouldn’t be the first story that saw a world forced to reckon with a sudden and massive population culling, but you wouldn’t know it from the first trailer. Considering how brilliantly series like The Leftovers and Y: The Last Man addressed these kinds of worldbuilding details, we can’t help but we curious about what happens in this universe.

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6 Mysteries to Ponder After You’ve Finished George R. R. Martin’s Fire & Blood

There are a number of unexpected open mysteries present within Fire & Blood, George R. R. Martin’s fictional history of the Targaryen reign of Westeros, many of them ripe for theorizing upon. Considering that the book chronicles events 300 years before the main Song of Ice and Fire novels, it’s a pleasant surprise to find any surprises at all within the text, let alone some that may actually have some bearing on the story within the main series.

Here are 6 mysteries that caught our attention here in the Tor dot office. (Along with some theories, of course!)

Spoilers for Fire & Blood ahead.

Content Warning: Brief discussion of suicide.

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“90% of Space is Crap” and Other Fun Things That Happen When You Mix SF/F Aphorisms

The Tor.com office’s favorite thing on the Internet today is this brilliant chart from Twitter user @crunchleaf a.k.a. Alex, one half of the Hamsteak Podcast. Combining Chekhov’s gun, Pavlov’s dog, Frankenstein’s monster, and other well-known sayings/writing rules/random movie synopses, the intersections become beautifully weird new rules to live by. And after laughing ourselves silly at “Actually, Pavlov was the dog,” we knew that we had to apply the same logic to other SFF aphorisms/catchphrases/what-have-you.

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