The best superhero TV series from 2021
Marvel have put a Christmas theme around this new Superhero series, which came to Disney+ on the 24th November and came to a wonderful finale on the 22nd. Many had been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this new instalment, focusing one of the more secretive characters within the MCU. But what is it about and who's starring?
The world has now received the complete series where Hailee Steinfeld plays Kate Bishop, the Hawkeye-obsessed young woman who inherits Clint Barton’s bow. Of course, Jeremy Renner returns as the MCU’s resident archer.
There has been a total of six episodes in this mini series and many fans have praised the series and enjoyed it. But it's not the only superhero series that has come to use this year and we take a look at all the superhero series from 2021 we can stream right now.
Marvel, DC and Amazon and Netflix originals - this compilation of 2021 superhero TV series has given us a year of brilliant, action filled and powerful television. Most are now already released, but some with some upcoming release dates due to filming and production restrictions. Either way, 2021 has left us spoilt for choice when it comes to superheroes.
Marvel's 'What If...?' is an animated series exploring the possibilities of alternate universes and playing out the Marvel classic stories with a twist. What if something happened during the Captain America experiment and somebody took his place? The wonderful thing about this concept is that the possibilities are endless... You can watch it on the streaming service Disney+. It is produced by Marvel Studios, based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name, and the studio's first animated series.
Feige confirmed to Screen Rant that What If…? Season 2 will cover stories and characters that were introduced in Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4.
“That’s the fun thing about having the What If…? series now; we can explore questions just like that,” Feige teased. “And I will say, just as Season 1 is tapping into films and storylines from the MCU that you’ve seen up to this point, season 2 will definitely incorporate movies from Phase 4.”
Marvel Studios has completely intrigued us with this surreal account of the only real relationship that blossomed in the Avengers group films. Did Vision die or was that our imagination? Introducing Marvel’s multiverse and alternative realities, it is a must-see. It was also filmed in front of a studio audience, giving this quirky concept a different, vintage dimension. Available to us to stream on Disney+, this extraordinary, retro superhero series is fascinating to watch develop. The world is still unsure if there will be a second series.
The CW stroke again with a new series about our most loved superhero and his sweetheart, Lois Lane. Never a dull moment in the life of a superhero, Superman and Lois try to raise their two children in today’s society where the day to day challenges for us mortals could prove one of the most formidable tests for Superman ever. Do the boys have the same Kryptonian super powers? In the US the story began on the 23rd of February.
Another Disney+/Marvel Studios epic the world was actively anticipating. And it didn't disappoint. Tom Hiddleston was back as the title role who travels through time, leading him into his own time-trap. Hiddleston had a large input into the series, having played Loki on many occasions and revealing things about the character we are simply dying to know. The series is available to stream now on Disney+.
The CW renewed this engaging series for a second season, much to fans’ relief. However, all isn’t what we expected with the lead character completely changed and the story exchanged for a brand new one. Kate’s exit shocked all and her suit was found by a homeless girl named Ryan Wilder. Will this new Batwoman be up to the task or will she dive into the shadows, with this suit finally giving her power after a life of being the victim? The last two episodes of season one were delayed into season two due to the Covid-19 pandemic and this has allowed more time to tinker with the script, producing an epic start to this season - available to us to stream.
Marvel Studios and Disney+ brought us this exciting new pairing earlier on in the year. Sam Wilson, who was passed Captain America’s shield at the end of Avengers: Endgame, and Bucky, the well-known winter soldier, are back testing each other’s patience and the scope of their abilities as they fight evil anarchist group, the Flag-Smashers. We are also over the moon to see actor Daniel Bruhl return to his MCU role, Baron Helmut Zemo. Shifting the focus onto these two characters, MCU have given a different perspective on the pair as we discover their sufferings and challenges, especially as Steve Rogers isn’t there to guide them anymore. It’s funny, action-filled and quite frankly, awesome. Out and ready for streaming exclusively with Disney+.
Bad guy favourites, time travel and the threat that The Flash could finally stop running; series 7 of this long-running show delivered on all levels. Connecting the two halves of season six together, Barry could finally find his way back to Iris and Killer Frost also has a surprise storyline. Premiered on Netflix on 28th July and available for streaming. Many will be thrilled to know season 8 was already in production and it has been released on November 16th. After the first three episodes, however, there will be a hiatus until March before we get to see the rest of the season.
Already announced the last of the Black Lightning chapters, is season 4 wraps up the incredible journey we have witnessed in this corner of the Arrowverse. All is not lost as the CW network has announced a new spinoff series entitled Painkiller with the lead portrayed by the same actor, Jordan Calloway. Following the approval of the creation of the school for metahumans which was obtained in the season 3 finale, this season delves deeper into the secret complications within the Pierce family. The 13 episodes are available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video now.
Premiered on HBO Max on August 12 and was made up of 13 fantastic episodes. The season 3 storyline certainly does not disappoint. Although everything was seemingly wrapped up at the end of season 2, the characters will have other challenges to encounter. The big question on our lips, however, was the departure of Jason Todd from the team - does he become obsessed with taking down his previous allies?
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Some of the legends have gone, we know, and some are coming back, but what we are excited about is where else they can go and what else they can do. This series has never been short of action and this season is no different with an extraterrestrial dynamic being added to the plot. Of course, aliens are not all the 6th season is about - expect to see some romance, villains and, of course, danger. This is DC at its most creative. The sixth series was released on May 2nd in the States and it came to Sky One on 30th June.
Another end to a long-running DC series, be prepared for a 20-episode extended final season. Will Kara finally have a budding romance? Will Lex Luther be defeated once and for all? This last season wraps up the open-ended storylines and give the fans some well-deserved closure. The CW released the next instalment on the 30th March with a whopping 20 episodes, but it could be December until the season is released on Netflix.
After the critically acclaimed first season of Stargirl, the fans were left wanting more as it ended with a dramatic cliffhanger. Courtney Whitmore and her rallied friends are back and, despite defeating many of the villains in the first season, they still need to defeat Starman who was confirmed to still be alive in the season one finale. What about that mysterious pen that has been sitting on Courtney’s desk? The plot thickens and definitely worth a watch. Launched on Amazon Prime on 11th August.
This season aired exclusively on HBO Max and is one of the most watched originals on the platform. During the second season, Chief’s life had been prolonged by the team, allowing him to care for his daughter, Dorothy; but, with emotion at every turn the season’s finale had left us with many unanswered questions: Is Miranda actually Kay’s father or a figment of her imagination? And what will happen to Cliff after his body exploded into pieces? Will Dorothy finally control her powers and be able to fight Candlemaker and save her friends? Weird and wacky, this series offers it all and it is definitely a full-on third season.
This dark series earlier this year, much to fans’ excitement, finally delivered part two of the fifth season. The show was prematurely cancelled by the CW as they focused on other DC series and has now been resurrected by Netflix. The second half of season 5 had been long-awaited after being disrupted due to the pandemic and finally came to us on May 28th on the streaming platform. Tom Ellis is simply brilliant in the title role and we are thrilled to see him in the role in the final sixth season, which came to our screens on September 10th. Mix together the powers of Satan and a terrible control over his emotions, it’s a cocktail of nail biting ingredients.
Amazon is delivering part three of this nail biting story. A series constantly leaving its viewers nervous and in suspense, the story and cinematography is quite simply remarkable on all levels. If you haven’t yet seen the first two series, it is a definite 2021 bucket list item. Homelander is back, the murderous psychopath who seems to have finally managed to split up the boys and he has a new superhero to play with - Soldier Boy. Homelander has completely snapped and will definitely be the big threat of this third season. We want more of this incredible series but now we may have to wait until the beginnings of next year.
Absolutely loving the concept and story of this upcoming Pakistani-American girl from New Jersey who writes superhero fiction and develops shape shifting powers the more she writes. A 16-year old called Khamala Khan AKA Ms Marvel is a good student but struggles to fit in - until she has super powers of course. Ms Marvel seems to be around to stay as sources state she is already written in to feature in the upcoming Captain Marvel: 2 film. Filled with intrigue? We are, too. It seems production has been delayed and we might not see this one on our screens until 2022.
The graphic novel series that has won the World Fantasy Award for short fiction and the Bram Stoker Award is coming to us at some point in 2021 on Netflix. The main character, Dream, AKA Morpheus (the dream of the endless), is an ancient being with evil siblings who have existed since the beginning of time. Tony-nominated actor Tom Sturridge (Orphans, Sea Wall/A Life) will play Dream and he is set to be magnificent in the role. Could this be the biggest dysfunctional family in a superhero series? Could Death be the kindest of them all? Realising he cannot control everything, Dream has to realise that everything must change, including himself. To say we are excited about this one would be an understatement. Another series, however, which looks as though we may have to wait until the new year to see.