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1 February 2021
Hyperoptic Team

New streaming releases in 2021 that we can’t wait to watch

While 2020 wasn’t a great year overall, it didn’t disappoint on the streaming front. And given most of us were at home bingeing more than ever before, streaming services like Netflix and Disney+ managed to keep us going with some top shows and films.   

But hold onto your sofas, because 2021 is set to have even bigger and better new streaming releases in store.  Take a look at the best new releases on Netflix, Disney +, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV for 2021.  

Spoiler: If you like sci-fi and fantasy, you’re in for a great year. 

Netflix new releases

Stranger things - Season 4

Although this is one of the many Netflix upcoming releases to be postponed due to the pandemic, we can’t wait to head back to Hawkins for round 4 with the latest Demogorgon spawn.  

You - season 3

It’s been over a year since the hit psychological thriller left us feeling a bit weird. But it won’t be long until we see Joe up to his tricks again with his new ‘you’. 

Don’t look up

A star-studded comedy about, well, stars! Leonardo Di Caprio and Jennifer Lawrence portray two astronomers attempting to warn mankind about an asteroid that is set to destroy Earth. The rest of the cast includes Timothee Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and a ton of other big names. 

Shadow and Bone – Season 1

Based on the bestselling novels, this dark fantasy series filled with magic and man-eating monsters is definitely one to watch this April.  

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness – Season 1

One for the gamers, Netflix has taken the hit horror video game, Resident Evil, and turned it into an original 3DCG anime series.  

The Witcher – Season 2

Speaking of video game adaptations, the hugely successful Witcher series is hoping to make a comeback next year for more monster-hunting mayhem. 

Chicken run 2

Fans of this childhood classic have waited patiently for a sequel (20 years in fact!). 2021 could be the year that we see the return of Rocky and Ginger along with their new little chick, Molly.  

Amazon Prime new releases

The Boys - Season 3

If you’re a superhero fan and haven’t seen the first two series of The Boys, catch up. The third season of this dark yet hilarious comic book adaptation (where heroes are more likely to wreck the day than save it) is set to be just as good! 

Invincible – Season 1

Amazon sticks with the superheroes again as they release this new animated sci-fi series about a teenager who discovers his father is a super. 

The Lord of the Rings – Season 1

Out of all the Amazon Prime releases for 2021, this one probably wins the ‘most anticipated’ award. This multi-season series takes place thousands of years before The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films and is being labelled as the ‘most expensive series in history’.

It sounds epic. Let’s just hope it lives up to the hype.  

Disney plus new releases

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier – Season 1

Disney+? More like Marvel+ as Disney gear up to drop a bunch of new Marvel series. Kicking 2021 off is ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ which will be released in March - starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan as their respective Marvel characters. 

Loki – Season 1

The long-anticipated Loki series - with Tom Hiddleston resuming the title role - will finally premiere in May. We’re excited to see what the God of Mischief gets up to in this crime thriller, set after the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ film. 

What If…? – Season 1

An upcoming animated series about alternate realities in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – as if the overlapping timelines and hundreds of hidden Easter eggs weren’t exciting enough. 

The Mandalorian - Season 3

Stepping out of the Marvel Universe and into a galaxy far, far away, the third season of the hit show ‘The Mandalorian’ is set to be released 25th December 2021 – the perfect Christmas gift!

Plus, in case you missed the finale post-credits scene, Disney revealed they will be releasing a spin-off series called ‘The Book of Boba’ alongside Mandalorian season 3. 

Raya and the Last Dragon

This adventure fantasy from Walt Disney Animation Studios is scheduled to be released both in theatres and on Disney + (for an additional fee). The story centres around a lone warrior, Raya, who’s on a mission to – you guessed it – track down the last dragon in order to save humanity. You know, standard epic Disney stuff. 

Now TV releases

Landscapers - Season 1

Despite the rather basic name, this dark comedy true-crime drama looks pretty intense. Based on true events, the mini-series sees Olivia Coleman portray a murderess who kills her parents, buries them in the garden and manages to evade suspicion for 10 years. Definitely one to add to the list.  

Intergalactic – Season 1

A new dystopian, sci-fi series surrounding a group of female prisoners who hijack their transfer spaceship in pursuit of freedom. Sounds out of this world. 

Bloods – Season 1

A new comedy series set in South London about a pair of mismatched paramedics. Maleek, the loner, and Wendy, the chatty divorcee, are seen responding to a never-ending rush of 999 call outs as they try to gain the respect of their fellow ambulance station colleagues.  

Intelligence – Season 2

David Schwimmer is back in this workplace comedy, set in the UK’s GCHQ – like MI5, but they fight international and domestic cyber-crime from a desktop. If you haven’t seen season 1, we suggest you catch-up now!  

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