WandaVision, The White Tiger, and More: January 2021 Guide to Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+ Hotstar

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The wait for new Marvel Cinematic Universe content is nearly over. January 2021 will bring the first entry in MCU’s Phase Four — WandaVision — after COVID-19 deprived us of all things Marvel for all of 2020. Closer to home, Saif Ali Khan and Priyanka Chopra will open 2021 thanks to their respective involvement in the Amazon original series Tandav and the Netflix original movie The White Tiger. January will also see the return of series such as Riverdale, Cobra Kai, Batwoman, American Gods, Call My Agent! and Dickinson. And there are new streaming movies from or starring the likes of Anthony Mackie, Vanessa Kirby, and Regina King.

With that, here’s our January 2021 guide to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, Apple TV+, and Colors Infinity.

Cobra Kai

When: January 1
Where: Netflix

Now a Netflix original — the first two seasons arrived in August, but are still available on YouTube Premium — The Karate Kid sequel delivers its belated third season exclusively on the world’s biggest subscription-based streaming service. It’s already been renewed for a fourth season, so you don’t have to worry about any surprise cancellations. All episodes on release date.

Pieces of a Woman

When: January 7
Where: Netflix

Vanessa Kirby won best actress at Venice Film Festival for her role in this Netflix drama from Kornél Mundruczó (White God). After a home birth ends in tragedy, a woman (Kirby) must deal with her husband (Shia LaBeouf) and her domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn), and navigate a trial involving the midwife (Molly Parker). Sarah Snook, Iliza Shlesinger also star.

Dickinson

When: January 8
Where: Apple TV+

The Hailee Steinfeld period black comedy with modern sensibilities returns for another 10-episode run. Toby Huss, Jane Krakowski, Adrian Enscoe, Anna Baryshnikov, and Ella Hunt star alongside. Nick Kroll and Timothy Simons will join them as guest stars. Unlike season 1 which premiered in full, Dickinson season 2 will release with three episodes, with one new episode weekly thereafter.

American Gods

When: January 11
Where: Amazon Prime Video

Once again, American Gods has undergone changes in front of and behind the scenes. Pablo Schreiber’s Mad Sweeney and Mousa Kraish’s Jinn have departed. Everyone else — Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Omid Abtahi, Demore Barnes, and Ian McShane — is still here. Ashley Reyes (First Girl I Loved) is new. Charles H. Eglee (The Shield) takes over as showrunner. One episode weekly.

One Night in Miami…

When: January 15
Where: Amazon Prime Video

Watchmen star Regina King makes her directorial debut with this adaptation of Kemp Powers’ play of the same name — Powers also wrote the film script — which fictionalises events of a real February 1964 night, when world boxing champion Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X (Kinglsey Ben-Adir), NFL player Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), and singer-songwriter Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) met in Miami after Ali’s victory over Sonny Liston.

Outside the Wire

When: January 15
Where: Netflix

Before we see him again as Falcon in the MCU, Anthony Mackie will play an android supersoldier who works with a drone pilot (Damson Idris) who has no field training to stop a nuclear attack in this sci-fi action film. Emily Beecham (Little Joe), Michael Kelly (House of Cards), and Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones) also star. Mikael Håfström (Evil) directs.

Servant

When: January 15
Where: Apple TV+

The young nanny Leanne Grayson (Nell Tiger Free) runs away with Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose) and Sean’s (Toby Kebbell) son Jericho in the second season of M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological horror series, prompting a search and a wave of terrifying revelations. Servant season 2 premieres with three episodes, with one episode weekly thereafter. It has already been renewed for a third season.

Tandav

When: January 15
Where: Amazon Prime Video

Saif Ali Khan leads this political drama from Ali Abbas Zafar — writer and director of Sultan, Tiger Zinda Hai, and Bharat — which will offer a look at “the dark corners of Indian politics”. Zafar is also the director on Tandav, but he didn’t write it. Article 15 co-writer Gaurav Solanki is responsible for the scripts.

Formerly known as Dilli, Tandav also stars Dimple Kapadia, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, Sunil Grover, Kritika Kamra, Kumud Kumar Mishra, Sarah Jane Dias, Dino Morea, Gauahar Khan, Sandhya Mridul, Annup Sonii, Paresh Pahuja, Shonali Nagrani, Hiten Tejwani, Amyra Dastur, Neha Hinge, and Sukhmani Sadana.

All episodes on release date.

WandaVision

When: January 15
Where: Disney+ Hotstar

Marvel’s first Disney+ series — it cost as much as an MCU movie with a reported $150 million budget — is unlike anything it has ever done. It functions as a sitcom that switches between decades (black-and-white 50s TV or The Office-style mockumentary), but it’s also set after the events of Avengers: Endgame somehow. WandaVision also becomes the first entry in MCU’s Phase Four.

As the name reveals, it follows the characters of Wanda Maximoff/ Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany), lovers who were torn apart forever by the events of Avengers: Infinity War. A grown-up Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) from Captain Marvel, research assistant Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) from Thor: Dark World, and FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) from Ant-Man and the Wasp are also involved. Kathryn Hahn, Jolene Purdy, Fred Melamed, Debra Jo Rupp, and Asif Ali have roles too.

A total of six episodes that will air weekly. WandaVision’s events will directly tie into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, slated for March 2022 in cinemas.

Batwoman

When: January 18
Where: Colors Infinity

Javicia Leslie takes over from Ruby Rose (she quit) in the title role for the second season of the DC series, with the change being written into the show: Leslie is playing Ryan Wilder, not Kate Kane. Batwoman season 2 will also introduce Alice’s (Rachel Skarsten) nemesis Safiyah (Shivaani Ghai), her henchwoman Tatiana / the Whisper (Leah Gibson), and the hitman Victor Zsasz (Alex Morf) — not the same one who was in Birds of Prey. One episode weekly.

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Call My Agent!

When: January 21
Where: Netflix

This French comedy about a group of Parisian talent agents who have to put up with the demands of their clients and manage their own personal lives became a global hit thanks to Netflix, and its fourth — and final — season will feature the likes of Sigourney Weaver, Jean Reno, José Garcia, and Charlotte Gainsbourg in cameo roles. All episodes on release date.

Riverdale

When: January 21
Where: Colors Infinity

Season 4 ended prematurely due to the pandemic, and that means Riverdale season 5 is going to have an explosive opening, with those remaining episodes essentially turning into the first few episodes here. And as our characters conclude their high school years, Riverdale season 5 will feature a seven-year time jump, before the now-young adults return to Riverdale due to past troubles. New episodes weekly.

https://youtu.be/3DN4-LZFZtc

Losing Alice

When: January 22
Where: Apple TV+

Creator, writer and director Sigal Avin stages a love letter for the still-too-rare female director in this meta neo-noir psychological thriller that follows a 48-year-old female film director (Ayelet Zurer) who feels irrelevant after becoming a mother and then becomes obsessed with a 24-year-old screenwriter femme fatale (Lihi Kornowski). Three episodes on premiere, one episode weekly thereafter.

The White Tiger

When: January 22
Where: Netflix

Priyanka Chopra and Rajkummar Rao are supporting acts in Ramin Bahrani’s adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name, which follows an ambitious man (debutant Adarsh Gourav) from the so-called lower castes who starts work as a driver for a rich family (Chopra and Rao). The White Tiger dissects the severe class issues that run through India.

The Dig

When: January 29
Where: Netflix

Carey Mulligan enlists Ralph Fiennes’ archaeologist — he prefers to call himself an excavator — in 1939 England to dig into the burial mounds on her grounds, in what is a telling of the Sutton Hoo burial site. Lily James and Johnny Flynn also star.

Palmer

When: January 29
Where: Apple TV+

After spending 12 years in prison, an ex-con (Justin Timberlake) returns home to restart his life, forms an unlikely bond with the precocious son (Ryder Allen) of a missing neighbour (Juno Temple), and starts a romance with his teacher (Alisha Wainwright). Fisher Stevens (Before the Flood) directs.