It’s the weekend, and if you’re looking for some ideas of what to watch on Disney+ and Hulu, I’ve picked out some highlights from this week’s major new releases, such as a new British original series and the finale of a major Marvel show. Plus, there is a little dive into the archive for some superhero homework!
Here’s the rundown:
This past week, Disney released the finale of the second season of Marvel’s “Loki”, and boy, was it a fantastic episode, easily one of the best finales I’ve seen from Marvel since “WandaVision”. There are some true big “OMG” moments, especially at the end. One of the many things I’ve enjoyed about this series, is how Loki has developed as a character over the two seasons. The finale didn’t disappoint as we learned of Loki’s glorious purpose, which is something I doubt many of us expected it to be.
If you haven’t yet watched “Loki”, give it a whirl, especially if you enjoy anything involving time travel, as this series, especially the finale, showcases how time travel can be such a cool concept and idea, if done correctly. I personally had a fantastic Friday. I watched “Loki” in the morning with my breakfast and then headed out later to watch “The Marvels” in the cinema, making it a Marvelous day!
Both seasons of “Loki” are now available on Disney+
This series kicks off where most crime stories end: after a high-stakes heist, when the crew of elite criminals have gone their separate ways and have tried to leave their old lives behind. Past and present collide when a ruthless assassin starts targeting them one by one. Why are they being stalked, who is behind the mayhem, and will they be able to find one another in time to protect themselves and the people they love?
All eight episodes of this great brand-new original British series were released on Disney+ in the UK earlier this week, and I binged the lot last weekend. The show has a fantastic cast, and I really enjoyed the aspect of having an assassin hunting down the criminals one by one, though I’ll be honest, in that the series could have done with a little bit of editing, as some of the fetch type quests seemed like filler. But overall, I really enjoyed watching “Culprits” and would recommend adding it to your watchlist.
“Culprits” is out now on Disney+ in the UK and Ireland. It will be coming to Hulu on December 8th.
The Santa Clauses
This week saw the return of one of the most successful Disney+ Original series, “The Santa Clauses”, with a double episode premiere that set off a new story where Scott Calvin continues his role as Santa Claus after retirement plans were thwarted when failing to find a worthy successor in season one. Now that Scott and his family have successfully saved Christmas, Scott focuses on training his son Cal to eventually take over the “family business” as Santa Claus. However, a bit of North Pole magic brings an unexpected challenge to Scott’s plan.
One of the things I really enjoyed so far with this second season, is how it introduces a proper villain for Santa, as Mad Santa provides a legitimate threat to Scott, but also does it in a fun way, as this show is very much in the family viewing territory. My only complaint is that while I know the Christmas decorations are up in stores and I’ve already started buying some presents, I still don’t feel Christmassy at all, but this series is an excellent way of getting in the mood. But if you’re still feeling a little Grinchy, maybe hold off on watching the series until December!
The first two episodes of the second season of “The Santa Clauses” are out now on Disney+, with a new episode released each week.
This weekend, “The Marvels” arrives in cinemas around the world, and while it’s going to be a while until it arrives on Disney+, in the meantime, if you’ve not already watched “Ms Marvel” or just need a reason to see more of Iman Vellani, I think this is a perfect time to do so.
Ms Marvel steals “The Marvels”, and it’s not hard to see why, as in this series, we get to see the origin of the character, who is a Muslim American teenager growing up in Jersey City. An avid gamer and a voracious fan-fiction scribe, Kamala is a superhero megafan with an oversized imagination—particularly when it comes to Captain Marvel. Yet Kamala feels like she doesn’t fit in at school and sometimes even at home—that is, until she gets superpowers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. I’m really hoping more people discover the joy of Ms Marvel following “The Marvels” release, and this is a great time to enjoy the show.
“Ms Marvel” is out now on Disney+.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.