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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, March 21

We take a look at a strategy game with a witchy theme. An argument is made for how Marvel should have cast their martial arts hero "Iron Fist." And a Pagan writer considers J.K. Rowling's recent "Magical History of America." It's Airy Monday, our weekly segment on magic and religion in popular culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

With the release of popular titles like X-COM 2 and The Banner Saga, it would seem that turn-based strategy is experiencing something of a resurgence. One new turn-based game on the horizon is Witch Hour, an occult-themed strategy game set in Lovecraft country and described as "X-COM meets X-Files meets Darkest Dungeon."

Looking for more Pagan literature? Nadya Rousseau take a look at a new anthology of stories and poems from Pagan writers assembled by Francesca Lia Block, the author of Violet & Claire.

Netflix's collaborations with Marvel, Daredevil and Jessica Jones have been wildly successful, drawing praise from critics and audiences alike, and many are looking forward to this fall's Luke Cage. But that won't be the end of it: Netflix has begun production on a fourth series: Iron Fist. Its star? A martial arts hero trained at the mystical city of K'un Lun. And he's white, which has many people upset.

Speaking of superheroes, Marvel's teenaged heroine Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel has drawn consistent praise ever since her debut years ago for both the quality of her stories as well as the positive representation she provides for Muslim Americans. At The Mary Sue, Latonya Pennington talks about what other superhero comics could learn from the success of Ms. Marvel.

As part of the building publicity for the new Potterverse film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling has shared with her fans her "Magical History of America," which seeks to explain how the United States fits into the world of Harry Potter. Unfortunately, Rowling's history has drawn complaints of being tone-deaf and inappropriately using indigenous mythology.

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