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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, October 10

A Pagan writer considers how magic and the occult has seeped its way into pop culture. The TV adaptation of American Gods adds another deity to its roster. And a look at how the new movie Doctor Strange differs from its source material. It's Airy Monday, our weekly segment on magic and religion in pop culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

We've talked a bit before about how magic and Paganism are influencing pop culture. At Patheos, writer Laura Tempest Zakroff goes a step further and discusses how such a relationship benefits both parties, with magic-infused pop culture directing people towards Paganism.

One of the more unusual vampire movies to debut over the last few decades was Let the Right One In, a Swedish horror film (itself based on a book) about a seemingly young vampire girl who forms an unlikely friendship with a regular human boy. The movie was eventually remade for the United States and is now being adapted for television, as io9 reports.

Neil Gaiman's American Gods famously featured a clash between the old gods (such as Odin or Czernobog) and the new (like Media, the Technical Boy, or the Intangibles). But what about the newer gods that aren't quite so emblematic of modernity? Evidently the TV adaptation will be seeing to that, which adds Jesus to its cast.

Not every game makes it to completion. One of the more famous canceled video games is the infamous Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans, a point-and-click adventure based around the life of the orc slave turned freedom fighter Thrall that was set for release before Warcraft III but which never saw the light of day. Now, a leaked version of the game has apparently found its way online, allowing fans of the Warcraft series to experience what might have been.

Next month, Marvel's newest film Doctor Strange makes its debut. A tale of the so-called "sorcerer supreme," the film also features one of Strange's most famous recurring foes, Baron Mordo. But unlike in the comics, Mordo appears to be Strange's ally. The director explains why to Comics Alliance.

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