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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, January 18

The musical comedy series Galavant's new season starts. Marvel's Scarlet Witch gets her own comic. And minority audiences wonder why "Oscars are so white." It's Airy Monday, our weekly segment on magic and religion in pop culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

The cult TV series Galavant returns. What's changed in Valencia since the first season? Science fiction and fantasy website io9 takes a look at the series' new start.

Most superheroes are decidedly Western and often white. But some Nigerian filmmakers decided to give the superhero tale a new look by taking inspiration from West African mythology. You can see the results over at The Mary Sue.

Marvel's best-known chaos magician debuted on the big screen last year in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Now, Scarlet Witch has a comic of her own for the first time in decades. What's she up to? Comics Alliance gives their review.

In our modern culture, pop idols can seem to inspire more awe and reverence than the gods of old. That concept forms the basis of The Wicked + The Divine, a new comic series examining a world where ancient gods and mythological figures are reborn into the bodies of young pop stars, accruing power and influence through their new guises.

It's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and we'd be remiss if we forgot to mention in Airy Monday one of the hashtags once again trending on Twitter: #OscarsSoWhite. Originally launched last year to protest the lack of non-white nominees in the Academy Awards, the similar lack of non-white nominees this year has brought the hashtag back. The Washington Post explains in more detail here.

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