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The weekend is almost upon us, and that means you're probably on the lookout for something new to watch. We've rounded up the best of the new offerings from Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime, and HBO Max to curate a viewing list that will keep you busy all weekend. Whether you want to kick back with the animated adventure Raya and the Last Dragon, or you're in the mood to be scared silly with Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, there's bound to be something to get stuck into this weekend on our list. © Provided by Total Film The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
For the binge-watchers out there, Sweet Tooth and DOM are both streaming all their episodes this weekend on Netflix and Amazon Prime, respectively – and if you're in the mood to settle down with something new every week, The Bad Batch is releasing a fresh episode every Friday on Disney Plus. So, without further ado, scroll on to check out our roundup of the best new movies and TV shows to stream this weekend.
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Sweet Tooth – Netflix
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Executive produced by Susan Downey and Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr., this new Netflix TV show is based on the DC Comics/Vertigo series of the same name by Jeff Lemire. It follows Gus, a half-deer half-human boy, on a dangerous journey across a dystopian United States. Gus has been living an isolated life of safety and seclusion, but an encounter with a wanderer named Jeppard sets them both off on an adventure through a country that hunts hybrid people. It stars Christian Convery as Gus and Nonso Anozie as Jeppard, and is narrated by James Brolin.
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Raya and the Last Dragon – Disney Plus
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Raya and the Last Dragon debuted on Disney Plus Premier Access earlier in the year, but this weekend it's available to watch for free on the streamer (provided you have an account). Starring Kelly Marie Tran, this Disney Princess adventure follows Raya on a quest to track down the last dragon to save her home of Kumandra when evil from the past returns. Awkwafina voices Sisu, the titular dragon. The movie also stars Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Benedict Wong, and Daniel Dae Kim.
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Exploring the new Marvel TV shows
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier may have come to an end, but there are plenty of other new Marvel TV shows on the horizon. First up, there's Loki, with Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel rounding up Marvel's Disney Plus output for the year later on in 2021. Plus, there's Hulu's output – M.O.D.O.K. (AKA Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing) is the first show in the streamer's slate of animated shows, and there are more to follow.
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As for shows with release dates still to be announced, there's She-Hulk, Secret Invasion, Moon Knight, and plenty more – it looks like we're going to get to know a lot of Marvel characters in weekly installments over the coming months. So, without further ado, keep scrolling to find out everything there is to know about all the new Marvel TV shows coming to the small screen in 2021, 2022, and, potentially, beyond.
Loki has the potential to be the biggest of all of Disney Plus' MCU shows, seeing as the trickster god is by some distance the highest profile character making the move to television. And just when you thought this new Marvel TV show had to be a prequel series detailing the God of Mischief’s history as a thorn in his brother’s side, Avengers: Endgame changed the rules again.
Having been unceremoniously executed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, Loki’s earlier incarnation found a Tesseract-shaped escape route during Captain America, Iron Man, and Ant-Man’s trip back to the timeline of the first Avengers movie.
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The premise of the show sees Loki brought in by the Time Variance Authority after his brisk escape during Endgame. The new Loki trailer suggests he'll be similarly jumping around time, with 2012's Avengers, real-world events, and even a possible appearance from Black Widow all featuring.
Tom Hiddleston has also confirmed that the show will approach two major questions: Loki's death, and what happens to the Tesseract. There might even be a female Loki on the cards, as Sophia Di Martino has reportedly been cast in a lead role.
However this plays out, Loki adventuring through time and space being a bit naughty sounds like a TV show we want to watch. It's arriving on June 11 – with a possible second season on the way.
The MCU is set to take its first steps into animation, alternative history, and the anthology series with Disney+’s What If?, launching in Summer 2021.
If the comics are anything to go by, we'll be getting a series featuring a left-turn down the road less traveled when it comes to iconic MCU moments. Indiewire reports that the first episode will show what would happen if Peggy Carter had been turned into a super soldier instead of Steve Rogers, while the comic book story “what if Loki had found the hammer of Thor?” will reportedly form the basis of one episode.
Loki release schedule: when is episode 2 streaming on Disney Plus?
Here's all you need to know about Loki episode 2's release date and air timeWill it continue? And what time is episode 2 airing on Disney Plus? All good questions that we aim to answer. Our Loki release schedule acts as a cheat sheet for your next six weeks: you'll be able to plan your viewing habits around the TVA's exploits, as well as trying to guess which villain is behind everything. Plus, with spoilers always lingering as soon as a new episode drops, we'll make sure you have the Loki air time in both the US and UK so you can stream it wherever you live the second it's available.
The cast is, well, incredible: Michael B. Jordan, Sebastian Stan, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Hayley Atwell, Karen Gillan, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Neal McDonough, Dominic Cooper, Sean Gunn, Nicole Portman, Stanley Tucci, Taika Waititi, Toby Jones, Djimon Honsou, Michael Rooker, and Jeff Goldblum all return as their MCU characters, while Jeffrey Wright will voice The Watcher. The late Chadwick Boseman was also set to appear, though it's not yet known if he recorded his lines for the project.
The chance to see an alternative view of the Marvel movie timeline sounds intriguing and fun – though the version of MCU history where Tony Stark never escaped from captivity in Afghanistan may be rather brief...
Hawkeye is one of the last of the current batch of new Marvel TV shows from this stage of the MCU to be released. Arriving in Fall 2021, the Hawkeye series will launch on Disney Plus and will see Clint Barton training up Kate Bishop to be his replacement. Bishop is going to be played by Bumblebee actor Hailee Steinfeld.
The cast also features Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James, and Alaqua Cox.
Recently, the Hawkeye directors have also been announced. THR states that Bert and Bertie and Rhys Thomas will be helming some episodes. There's even some official concept art to fawn over, showcasing what design Kate Bishop could potentially take in the Hawkeye series when it hits in 2021. We should expect a trailer in the next 3-4 months, too, seeing as how filming has wrapped.
The best 4K movies and TV shows to watch and where to watch them
We're spoiled for choice when it comes to 4K movies and TV shows, thanks to Amazon, Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV+, Sky and Ultra HD Blu-ray.If you've bought a new TV in the past couple of years, the chances are it's a 4K TV, which means you have four times the number of pixels at your disposal compared with an HD TV. Fill those pixels with information, courtesy of some 4K content, and you're looking at a picture that should be more detailed, more dynamic and more impressive in a 'wow-that-looks-good' way.
Well, this suddenly got a whole lot bigger. Tatiana Maslany is She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters, a "lawyer who specializes in superhuman-oriented legal cases." Some already think that gives a way for Daredevil to return to the MCU fold. Kevin Feige, meanwhile, has confirmed that the episodes will last around 30 minutes and described She-Hulk as a "legal comedy."
But that's not all. The cast has Hulked up in a big way. Mark Ruffalo is back as the Jade Giant, while Tim Roth's Abomination returns from The Incredible Hulk, while Ginger Gonzaga and Renée Elise Goldsberry have also joined the cast. Jessica Gao is on board as head writer with Kat Coiro and Anu Valia directing.
One of the Marvel series we know the least about, Moon Knight, will center on Warren Spector, a "complex vigilante who suffers from dissociative identity disorder."
Oscar Isaac will be playing the lead role, while an unnamed villain will be played by Ethan Hawke. May Calamawy has also been cast in an unknown part. Meanwhile, behind the camera, Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, and Mohamed Diab are on board to direct.
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The most prolific MCU actor returns! Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as the ex-director of S.H.I.E.L.D Nick Fury. Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) is back also, while Olivia Colman and Emilia Clarke have both joined the MCU as part of the Secret Invasion series.
Sound familiar? Secret Invasion is a comic book storyline that saw several members of the Skrulls infiltrate Earth and impersonate some of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
Don't expect it to be quite as expansive as that, however. Tempering expectations in an interview with Comic Book, Feige said when asked if it would have the same amount of characters as its comic book counterpart, "Well, there were more characters in the Secret Invasion comic series than there were in Endgame so, no"
He added: "It's not that but it very much is a showcase for Sam Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn and tapping into the paranoia elements of the Secret Invasion comic series that was great with the twists and turns that that took. So, that's certainly our focus more than, 'Can we cram in more characters than Endgame?'"
Not much is known about Ironheart outside of the lead casting: Ironheart (aka Riri Williams) will be played by up-and-coming actor Dominique Thorne. Snowpiercer screenwriter Chinaka Hodge has also been brought on board as head writer.
In the comics, she's very much the heir apparent to Iron Man and, in effect, could be a replacement for Robert Downey Jr. in the MCU. We should low-key be very, very excited about this one.
As announced by Marvel, Armor Wars is based on the comic series that saw several Marvel villains attempt to take control of Tony Stark's technology.
Don Cheadle is back as War Machine and he "must face what happens when Tony Stark’s tech falls into the wrong hands."
Hulu animated shows
On Hulu, there were originally four new Marvel TV shows, one devoted to M.O.D.O.K. (AKA Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing), and others for Hit-Monkey and Tigra & Dazzler. The plan was for them to all come together to form a supergroup called – wait for it – The Offenders.
However, Howard the Duck and Tigra & Dazzler have been canceled, while little has been heard about Hit-Monkey. There is some good news, though, in the shape of M.O.D.O.K, which has a cast in place: Patton Oswalt is set to play M.O.D.O.K, while Aimee Garcia plays his wife, Jodie. Parks & Rec's Ben Schwartz and Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Melissa Fumero will play their son and daughter respectively.
The synopsis for the show, via Marvel, makes it sound like one of the more unique series currently in the works: "Ousted as A.I.M.’s leader, while also dealing with his crumbling marriage and family life, the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing is set to confront his greatest challenge yet: a midlife crisis!" It's out on May 21.
Sony's Spider-Man shows
This one is still in the early stages, yet could be among the most exciting of all the new Marvel TV shows, the Disney Plus offerings included. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are working on a couple of projects. That includes “a handful of live-action shows using Sony’s Marvel characters, of which there are like 900 characters” according to Miller (via Deadline). “We’re figuring out a way to develop the shows so that each are their own unique experience but also related.”
Among the characters that Sony definitely has access to are the stable of Spider-Man heroes and villains that roam everywhere from New York City and beyond. An interconnected web of shows spinning out of Lord and Miller’s undoubtedly great track record with licensed characters (let’s not talk about Solo) could mean that Sony has the next mini-MCU on its hands.
The first of which could be Silk, with Amazon reportedly in talks to land the series. Silk will follow Cindy Moon, who ended up getting bitten by the same radioactive spider as Peter Parker. What are the odds?
Elsewhere, Sony Pictures chairman Tony Vinciquerra has confirmed that there are "five or six" Spider-Man shows currently in the works. Phew. That's a lot of Spidey.
Will Netflix's Marvel shows ever make a return?
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it doesn’t look like Netflix’s Marvel shows will be making a comeback, at least not on Netflix. Jessica Jones being canceled, that marked the end of MCU-related shows on the streaming service, with Luke Cage, The Punisher, Daredevil, and Iron Fist having already been canned.
Will these characters have a future elsewhere? Daredevil actor Charlie Cox has reportedly been spotted on the set of Spider-Man 3. Will the multiverse offer up a way to bring in Netflix's stable of street-level superheroes? Watch this space.
Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It – HBO Max
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Like many of us, The Conjuring 3 is getting out of the house. Sidestepping the series' traditional haunted house setting for a twisted take on a real-world court case, The Devil Made Me Do It transfers all the series' hallmark traits for jump scares and hair-raising Gothic horror to 1980s America. Like all great true crime tales, it's sure to stay with you long after the credits have rolled. Thanks to HBO Max, you can even suffer through the threequel from the comfort of your own home. Maybe keep the lights on? Just in case.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Disney Plus
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The Star Wars animated spinoff continues this week with episode 6. The titular group were first introduced in The Clone Wars, with this series effectively a sequel to the beloved animated show. The Bad Batch are clones with genetic mutations that set them apart from the rest of the Clone Army, and each have their own particular skill. The group now act as mercenaries in the aftermath of the Clone Wars. If you've been missing the galaxy far, far away since The Mandalorian ended, this is definitely a series to check out.
Kitty Love: An Homage to Cats
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Netflix is often home to the weird and wonderful – but a documentary about cats hosted by a cat? That's given us paws for thought. Still, Kitty Love is sure to warm the hearts of the feline-mad among us as cat-slash-actor Abatutu takes us on a tour of home videos featuring, you guessed it, cats. From the a-mew-sing to the adorably cute, An Homage to Cats is perfect weekend fodder for those who need a wholesome slice of pet content. Think World's Funniest Home Videos and Instagram but with only slightly more cat videos and you're on the right track.
DOM – Amazon Prime Video
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Based on a true story, this crime series follows a police officer named Victor dedicated to the fight against cocaine trafficking. His son is on the opposite path, though: he's dealing with a drug addiction, and is a wanted criminal on his way to leading a gang. The series is set in '90s Rio de Janeiro and stars Gabriel Leone, Flavio Tolezani, Filipe Bragança, Ramon Francisco, and Isabella Santoni. Expect moral dilemmas and gritty action as Victor strives to save his son in this Amazon Original series.
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