And just like that, another marvel cinematic universe (MCU) makes its way on adventure blasts Disney Plus. This week, however, Kevin Feige and co. Much of the paint-by-numbers action is avoided laà falcon and winter soldier And opted for a decidedly unique take on the superhero genre.
Yes, the first episode of bottle gourd Fall has arrived this weekend to join the stellar lineup of new content hitting the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and HBO Max. But there are also big-budget comic book shows, big-budget music movies, medium-budget crime series, and even small-budget, fly-on-the-wall farming documentaries.
The point is, you have a lot to sink your teeth into over the next few days. Below, we’ll take you through seven of the biggest highlights – from mind-blowing thrillers to returning heist dramas.
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Loki (Disney Plus)
Marvel’s latest original adventure, Loki, follows the adventures of the titular God of Mischief after a Tesseract-assisted escape in Avengers: Endgame. Told in six parts, the show moves away from Earth and into various new dimensions as Loki encounters the Time Variance Authority, an organization with the mission of keeping the MCU’s various timelines in working order. .
Chapter 1 is out now, and has been unanimously praised by fans and critics alike, for shaking up that well-crushed superhero formula, and taking it to Terry Gilliam’s Brazil-influenced workplace comedy. As always, Loki is a charismatic and highly watchable villain, and the series breaks new ground by playing with the time travel mechanics first introduced in the previous Avengers film.
New episodes will arrive every Wednesday through July 14, and stay tuned to Nerdshala for all the latest Loki reviews, explainers, and theories you might need.
Now Available to Stream on Disney Plus
In the Heights (HBO Max)
A feature-film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical, In the Heights takes viewers through the toe-tapping, break-dancing neighborhood of Washington Heights, New York.
Directed by Crazy Rich Asians’ John M. Chu, the film sets Miranda’s original music and lyrics to a lively set-piece in the vein of La La Land and West Side Story, with critics praising the party-like atmosphere and Doom’s Day. Refreshed the positivity in between. And the sadness of recent days.
In the Heights will last a month on HBO Max, coinciding with its theatrical release, and you can get it for just $14.99 tier of service — not ad-supported. In the UK, it is only available in cinemas.
Now Available to Stream on HBO Max in the US
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Infinite (Paramount Plus)
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Mark Wahlberg on the big screen, right? Infinite, the story of a man’s struggle to make sense of the memories of a life he never had, was originally headed for a theatrical release in September, but now arrives as a Paramount Plus exclusive film. Overall, it hasn’t had stellar reviews.
Here, Wahlberg — who replaced Chris Evans in the lead role — stars alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Dylan O’Brien in a sci-fi thriller that looks like more than a few shades of Christopher Nolan. It is also an adaptation of D. Eric McCranz’s novel, The Renaissanceist Papers, and directed by Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer, Training Day) – so expect gunfire and controversy.
Those in the US who haven’t subscribed to Paramount Plus yet can enjoy 7-day free trial.
Now Available to Stream on Paramount Plus in the US
One of Netflix’s most popular original series, Lupine is returning for a second season this weekend. The French crime drama “Part Deux” once again follows the escape of Omar Si’s Asane Diop, where the cliffhanger of Season 1 ended.
Along with Asane’s son Ral, kidnapped by the cowardly Pellegrini, Lupine sets out for revenge—but he must also navigate the pressures of being the most wanted man in France now.
Season 3 of the popular French-language show – “Part Trois” – has also been confirmed, though we don’t expect it to arrive until at least 2022. Just enjoy season 2 first, okay?
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Clarkson Farms (Amazon Prime Video)
The UK’s leading potty-mouth motorhead, Jeremy Clarkson, swaps The Grand Tour and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire at a provincial farm at Amazon Prime’s aptly titled Clarkson Farm.
In this series, we follow the presenter’s haphazard efforts to run his 1000-acre farm in Oxfordshire, England, as he faces the harsh – and smelly – realities of planting seeds, shearing sheep and shoveling is.
In an interesting twist, the entire effort has been praised by almost every major outlet in the UK, with most describing it as “surprisingly fun”. Whatever you think of Clarkson, it might be worth watching for the laughs alone.
Now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video
In Awake, chaos ensues after a global event wipes out all electronics and takes away mankind’s ability to sleep. Gina Rodriguez (Annihilation) stars as Jill, a former soldier who may hold the key to the cure.
Granted, don’t think so majority of Original premise, but sensational thrillers like Bird’s Box and A Quiet Place have been gaining success in recent years. That said, critics haven’t taken pity on it so far – Awake currently scores an average of 33% on Rotten Tomatoes, while one outlet dubbed it a “real snooze.”
Maybe just go to sleep instead?
Now Available to Stream on Netflix
Starstruck (HBO Max)
Another new HBO original series, Starstruck follows Jesse (Rose Mattafio), a millennial living in London who juggles two dead-end jobs and ends up getting romantically involved with a famous movie star (Nikesh Patel). Navigates pressure.
It has been described as an inverted Notting Hill, an apt summary of not only Starstruck’s plot, but a sense of humour. Think of it as Bridget Jones’s diary, then, with more than a few hints of fleabag thrown in for good measure. Minnie Driver and Russell Tovey also star.
Given the critical reception so far, this could be a gem.
Now Available to Stream on HBO Max
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