So, what exactly is a fandom? It is exactly what you think it means. Fandom refers to a certain subculture comprised of fans who share personal connections — sometimes bordering on obsession — with certain things such as movie/TV show franchises, comic books, and even celebrities. Here are my personal fandoms at the moment:
-The MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe): Thanks to Kevin Feige and the wonderful folks at Marvel, the MCU has become such a huge part of my life that I will rewatch all films in the franchise — from Iron Man to Spider-Man: Far From Home — on a yearly basis, if not more often. I began watching them ahead of certain films that were due to be released, in order to be reminded of things that were sure to be referenced in the new film. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have to wait over a year in-between Marvel film releases — the long-awaited Black Widow solo film got pushed back to November 6, 2020.
–Futurama: Most people have at least heard of this show, which premiered in 1999 and ran through 2013, after being cancelled and then renewed — you know, the better show from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening. I have seen every episode and film [of which there are four] multiple times, and am always finding new things and moments to love in each episode. Unlike with most other shows (animated or otherwise), there isn’t a dud in the 124 episodes. With such a stellar voice cast, which includes Billy West, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille, and Maurice LaMarche, and some memorable characters, it’s not hard to see why this is my favorite show of all time.
-Lost: This Emmy-winning show ran from 2004-2010 for six seasons; I watched it originally, when it was on TV — remember commercials and having to wait weeks or even months in-between episodes? — and have since rewatched the entire series. The characters and the talented cast who played them are fascinating and diverse, and the writing and directing is overall quite solid. I even enjoyed the later seasons, despite their reputation for not being as good. Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn were the standouts for me.