Rick Riordan is the master of mythology. He’s written about the Greeks, the Romans, and the Egyptians. He has a way of seamlessly weaving humor, modern settings, and ancient culture all into the same story. And he’s about to do it again with a new series he has in the works that will explore Norse mythology.

Riordan’s been writing two series simultaneously for a couple years now. With Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Kane Chronicles off his plate, he’ll be able to focus on Heroes of Olympus – and this new project. It might not be due out until 2015, but we’re sure he’ll begin plotting and outlining his stories soon.

Besides, between watching Thor and The Avengers, not to mention time spent waiting for the upcoming release of Mark of Athena, we’ve got some time to kill. He’ll have had plenty of notice to see our article and take our advice.

And, frankly, we’re bored.

ONE

How cool would it be if the characters were just a tad older this time around? We’ve seen Percy grow up throughout the Olympians series. Now, in Heroes of Olympus, he’s about 16 years old. If the characters in the Norse books were around 18 or so, they’ll appeal to a slightly older audience (including those who have grown up with Percy). It’d be a nice change from his previous, more middle-grade books.

TWO

One of our favorite parts in the Kane Chronicles was when Riordan gave a quick nod to his previous Percy Jackson series. In The Red Pyramid (on page 58), Uncle Amos tells us that, “Manhattan has other problems. Other gods. It’s best we stay separate.” We’d like to see some commentary from new characters about the crazy demigods that keep making a mess of things in New York and California.

THREE

And if we get that last one, can we have some crossover characters too? What if Percy showed up at the end of the first book, begging the new main character to help him and the other demigods? It’d make for an interesting cliff-hanger! We know they’re all supposed to stay separate, but perhaps this series will introduce the worst bad guy we’ve met yet, one who will eventually force all of our heroes to fight together. (Like the Avengers for the mythological world!)

FOUR

Speaking of the Avengers, Riordan can’t write this series without making at least one reference to the Marvel comic books featuring the god of thunder. Here’s what we’re thinking: the real Thor is a bit self-conscious. They didn’t get his characterization right and he’s not at all happy with the likes of Chris Hemsworth portraying him on the silver screen. Loki chimes in with his own comments about Tom Hiddleston’s dashing good looks, just to get on Thor’s nerves.

FIVE

We’d also like to see more world travel in this one. In Mark of the Athena, the characters are going to make a trip to Rome. In the Kane Chronicles, we saw the protagonists making a few trips around the world. But wouldn’t it be cool if our Norse heroes were stationed in another country? (We’d even settle for Canada at this point.)

SIX

You want to know something we wouldn’t change? The humor. Riordan’s often silly, but always amusing, sense of humor is one of the best things about these novels. He’s got a knack for making us LOL, and we wouldn’t trade that for the world. Hey, don’t fix it if it ain’t broken.

SEVEN

What else could we possibly want from this series? That’s easy. More mythology. Norse mythology is not as well known. That makes the stories a little less predictable and a lot more exciting. We think Riordan should just keep doing what he does best, and that’s turning mythology into something that anyone can enjoy.

Do you think Riordan is going to start plotting out his next project soon or do you think he’ll wait until Heroes of Olympus is complete? What sort of things are you looking forward to in a book centered around Norse mythology?

Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

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Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

Iwan Rheon is best known for his terrifying turn as Ramsay Bolton in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He has starred in the British series Misfits and Vicious, and may never play a hero again in his life.

Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb, who also serves as an executive producer on Inhumans, suggests that those villainous skills will be well-deployed in the role of Maximus.

“Iwan’s ability to be charming, roguish, and still completely unexpectedly dangerous were all the different sides we needed to bring the character to life,” Loeb says. “We’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Showrunner Scott Buck agrees.

“Maximus is a complex character. Likable, charming, tragic and villainous all in the same moment,” he says, “And I’m very excited to have someone of Iwan’s considerable talent.”

Marvel’s Inhumans will be produced in partnership with IMAX. The first two episodes will screen in IMAX theaters before the show’s network debut in mid September. Spanning the course of eight episodes, the series will tell the story of the Inhuman royal family, with the associated drama that just happens when you’re a family of aliens with magical powers trying to rule a secret city.

A leaked cast list for Inhumans hinted at a complex lineup of characters, including Black Bolt’s wife Medusa and her sister Crystal. Karnak, as well as the three-legged horse Gorgon and amphibious Triton round out the eclectic cast. And with Iwan Rheon in place as Maximus, it seems like just a matter of time before the rest of the family falls into line.

What do you think of Iwan Rheon as Maximus in Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’?

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Disney’s released a minute-long clip from Beauty and the Beast, and it’s a great one: Emma Watson performing “Belle.”

Belle skips around town as the townspeople observe the “funny girl” in this uplifting sequence from the movie. You can’t help but get excited for Beauty and the Beast after watching this, and Emma sounds great!

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Disney’s released a minute-long clip from Beauty and the Beast, and it’s a great one: Emma Watson performing “Belle.”

Belle skips around town as the townspeople observe the “funny girl” in this uplifting sequence from the movie. You can’t help but get excited for Beauty and the Beast after watching this, and Emma sounds great!

In related news, the cast and crew kicked off their press tour today in Paris. Disney released the following adorable photo of Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, Luke Evans, director Bill Condon and composer Alan Menken as they start publicizing the movie, which opens in theaters March 17:

Can’t wait to see it!

Why you should be watching ‘The Missing’

3:00 pm EST, February 20, 2017

If I had to describe The Missing in one word, it would be novelistic. The story is something very much like a novel, each episode puts you one chapter deeper into the mystery. Just like a novel you cannot put down, this show is the ultimate binge watch.

Overview

The first season of The Missing follows a British couple whose son is kidnapped in a small town in France. Season 2 takes the same detective (and only connection from one season to the other) to Germany where a teen girl suddenly reappears after being kidnapped 11 years earlier.

Along with the riveting plots and twists of this show, here are some other reasons you should check it out:

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If I had to describe The Missing in one word, it would be novelistic. The story is something very much like a novel, each episode puts you one chapter deeper into the mystery. Just like a novel you cannot put down, this show is the ultimate binge watch.

Overview

The first season of The Missing follows a British couple whose son is kidnapped in a small town in France. Season 2 takes the same detective (and only connection from one season to the other) to Germany where a teen girl suddenly reappears after being kidnapped 11 years earlier.

Along with the riveting plots and twists of this show, here are some other reasons you should check it out:

Multiple time lines

Why keep it simple when we can jump forwards and backwards in time? The Missing is a big fan of telling the story out of order, which only allows for more guessing, more cliffhangers, and more opportunity to throw us off its track.

As complicated and heart wrenching missing persons cases are, to only tell the story during one stretch of time would minimize it. Season 1 is able to jump between timelines showing how the kidnapping of their son tore a couple apart and became the obsession for the husband.

Season 2 takes it a step further and jumps between a handful of timelines, and countries. The novelistic feel this show presents shines through these multiple timelines by not giving us clues immediately, but rather slowly unraveling it all.

Diversity in countries and languages

Yes, there are subtitles for non-French/German/any language other than English, but The Missing mixes it in well enough where it isn’t too often. It’s refreshing to see a mystery unravel over a variety of countries and cities. It complicates the story just enough where guessing the perpetrator isn’t too easy.

It’s visually enticing

Creators (and brothers) Harry and Jack Williams wrote both seasons, and chose to keep the same director for all episodes of each season. This ties the story together visually. Season 2 primarily takes place in Germany, in the middle of winter, while also taking a side trip to Iraq. Although two completely different countries visually, the juxtaposition of the two blends perfectly. From Iraq where it is a fast pace danger of being in a war zone, to a quiet but painful Germany.

Season 2 of The Missing is currently airing on Starz