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November has not one but two new Marvel releases. We will be treated to a new superhero ensemble in Eternals — Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie are part of the cast — out November 5 in cinemas in India and around the world. Meanwhile, Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld star in Hawkeye that premieres November 24 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar. Technically, there’s a third Marvel Cinematic Universe entry — if you haven’t felt comfortable stepping into cinemas, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Marvel’s first film with a Chinese superhero in the lead) will be available November 12 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar.That’s not all for superhero fans. From DC’s long-running ever-expansive Arrowverse, we have the eighth season of The Flash in the middle of November. The Flash season 8 begins November 16 on The CW in the US, but we are as yet without a release date for India.November also has a bunch of streaming releases from India. There’s Kartik Aaryan in Dhamaka, which is the Indian remake of a South Korean thriller, releasing November 19 on Netflix. Kay Kay Menon returns as a de-aged version of Himmat Singh in Special Ops 1.5, coming November 12 to Disney+ Hotstar. R. Madhavan and Surveen Chawla play an estranged couple who live together in Decoupled, a Netflix series that doesn’t have a release date yet. And Sanya Malhotra and Abhimanyu Dassani get into a peculiar arranged marriage on Meenakshi Sundareshwar. The Netflix film ties the knot on November 5.Elsewhere, we have Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds in the action comedy Red Notice, dropping November 12 on Netflix. Rosamund Pike leads Amazon’s adaptation of The Wheel of Time fantasy novels, beginning November 19 on Prime Video. Tom Hanks is a dying inventor who builds a care robot for his dog in Finch, unfolding November 5 on Apple TV+. Andrew Garfield becomes the award-winning Rent composer in Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first movie as director, tick, tick…BOOM!, November 19 on Netflix. Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell are at each other’s throats in The Shrink Next Door, starting November 12 on Apple TV+.There’s more you can discover below, though there’s a lot more coming in November that we haven’t detailed below. That includes Halle Berry’s directorial debut Bruised out November 24 on Netflix, Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard in the Cannes-winning musical Annette releasing November 26 on Mubi in India, and Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga as Black women opposite sides of the fence in Passing on November 10 at Netflix.Beyond that, we have the third and final seasons of both Dickinson (also with Steinfeld) and Narcos: Mexico (without Diego Luna) November 5 on Apple TV+ and Netflix respectively. Dickinson season 3 will air weekly, while Narcos: Mexico sticks to Netflix’s binge-release model. Additionally, Netflix will also offer Big Mouth season 5 on November 5, and Star Trek: Discovery season 4 at an as-yet undetermined date. Star Trek: Discovery season 4 begins November 18 on Paramount+.November also offers expansions to an older property in different ways. Michael C. Hall returns as the titular serial killer in Dexter: New Blood, ten years after the events of the terrible series finale. Dexter: New Blood premieres November 8 on Voot Select. And the Home Alone franchise gives us Home Sweet Home Alone, with The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper trying to break into a home. Home Sweet Home Alone releases November 12 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar.With that, here’s our October 2021 guide to Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, and the cinemas.The Harder They FallWhen: November 3Where: NetflixIdris Elba, Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, LaKeith Stanfield, and Regina King lead the stellar line-up of this ‘new-school’ Western that focuses on African-Americans. In what is a comedy-drama and the debut feature for director Jeymes Samuel, an outlaw (Majors) recruits a bunch of like-minded individuals to track down and take down his ruthless nemesis (Elba) who just left prison.Delroy Lindo, Edi Gathegi, R.J. Cyler, and Damon Wayans Jr. also star. Samuel co-wrote with Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans), with the duo basing the film’s characters on real-life cowboys and outlaws from the 19th century.EternalsWhen: November 5Where: CinemasThe next Marvel movie, from Oscar-winning filmmaker Chloé Zhao, is about the titular immortal ensemble. Created by the Celestials — we met one Celestial in Star-Lord’s dad Ego on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — the Eternals have been living secretly on Earth for over 7,000 years. Why are we seeing them now?Eternals Inspired by Interstellar, The Revenant, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Director Chloé Zhao SaysWell, they were told not to interfere unless their evil counterparts, the Deviants, were involved. The Deviants are back thanks to the return of the universe’s half of the population — in Avengers: Endgame — that is leading to an event known as the “emergence”.The 10 Eternals we see in Eternals are played by Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie. All of them have a variety of superpowers — from flight, super-speed, and creating weapons — that they draw from cosmic energy. Eternals also stars Harish Patel and Kit Harington.Watch the Final Eternals Trailer in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, MalayalamFinchWhen: November 5Where: Apple TV+In a post-apocalyptic world following a solar flare, one of the world’s last humans and a dying inventor (Tom Hanks) builds a robot (Caleb Landry Jones, via mo-cap) who will care for his dog after he’s dead. The unlikely trio then venture on a road trip across the American West.Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik is at the helm, for what is only his second feature length movie, over a decade after 2010’s Repo Men. Originally meant for cinemas, Finch was eventually sold to Apple owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Meenakshi SundareshwarWhen: November 5Where: NetflixImagine choosing a life partner because your names together make up a famous landmark? That’s what Sanya Malhotra and Abhimanyu Dassani’s titular characters end up doing in this rom-com. The landmark? Madurai’s famous temple “Meenakshi – Sundareshwar”.But that’s merely the start of their crazy journey. Because after a job opportunity exclusively for single men pops up in Bengaluru, Sundareshwar (Dassani) decides to leave Madurai and has to pretend to be single, while being in a long-distance relationship with his new wife.Unfortunately, those hoping for accurate Tamil representation from a Bollywood movie — it’s produced by Karan Johar’s Dharmatic — have (predictably) already been disappointed following the teaser’s release.Red NoticeWhen: November 12Where: NetflixDwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds play the best of their respective fields in what is said to be one of Netflix’s most expensive movies of all time. Johnson plays the world’s greatest tracker FBI Special Agent John Hartley, Gadot is the world’s most wanted art thief Sarah Black, and Reynolds is the world’s greatest con-artist Nolan Booth. Hartley and Booth team up to take down Sarah.Skyscraper director Rawson Marshall Thurber is at the helm, renewing his collaboration with Johnson.The Shrink Next DoorWhen: November 12Where: Apple TV+Based on the podcast of the same name that in turn was based on real-life events, Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell star in this eight-part miniseries about a dysfunctional and manipulative relationship between a popular psychiatrist (Rudd) and his long-term patient (Ferrell).Kathryn Hahn and Casey Wilson are also part of the main cast. Michael Showalter (The Big Sick) and Jesse Peretz (GLOW) are directors, Georgia Pritchett (Veep) writes. Three episodes on release date, with the remaining ones debuting once a week until December 17.Special Ops 1.5When: November 12Where: Disney+ HotstarDespite an incoherent and rudderless outing early last year, Disney+ Hotstar saw fit to greenlight a three-episode prequel to the Kay Kay Menon-led action thriller series from creator, director and co-writer Neeraj Pandey. Set a couple of years after the 2001 Parliament attack that was at the centre of Special Ops’ Ikhlaq Khan chase, Special Ops 1.5 finds Himmat Singh (Menon) being called in to help RAW after the agency discovers its top brass has been duped.Aftab Shivdasani, Aadil Khan, Maria Ryaboshapka, Aishwarya Sushmita, and Shiv Jyoti are new to the Special Ops universe. Vinay Pathak, Gautami Kapoor, Parmeet Sethi, and K.P. Mukherjee return to reprise their respective roles. Shivam Nair and Pandey are the directors. Pandey co-wrote with Deepak Kingrani and Benazir Ali Fida.All three Special Ops 1.5 episodes will drop on November 12.The FlashWhen: November 16Where: The CWGrant Gustin’s superpowered and super-speed Barry Allen is finally getting his golden boots in the eighth season — matching Arrow for season-count — that will kick off with a five-part crossover event titled “Armageddon”.It will bring in Batwoman (Javicia Leslie), Atom (Brandon Routh), Black Lightning (Cress Williams), Sentinel (Chyler Leigh), Mia Queen (Kat McNamara), and Ryan Choi (Osric Chau).They will go up against the alien conqueror Despero (Tony Curran), and the returning Eobard Thawne/ Reverse-Flash (Tom Cavanagh) and Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough).Though we don’t have an exact date for an Indian premiere, The Flash season 8 is expected on Amazon Prime Video in India given the recent deal that brought new episodes of Arrowverse series weekly to Prime Video.Cowboy BebopWhen: November 19Where: NetflixThe more-than-two-decades-old jazz-inspired near-future anime series about a ragtag group of bounty hunters is getting the Netflix live-action treatment, with John Cho as Mars-born Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir as his ex-cop cybernetic-arm partner Jet Black, and Daniella Pineda as a less-sexualised Faye Valentine who has massive debt from her gambling days.Blending sci-fi and noir, Cowboy Bebop will chart their bounty hunting adventures across the solar system, all while they contend with Spike’s ex-partner, power-hungry nemesis and Red Dragon gangster Vicious (Alex Hassell), and femme fatale Julia (Elena Satine) who shares a complicated past with both Spike and Vicious.The anime’s Yoko Kanno returns as composer, with “Tank!” returning as the theme song. Thor: Ragnarok and comic book writer Christopher Yost is the head writer on the 10-episode Cowboy Bebop. All 10 episodes will be available at once on November 19.DhamakaWhen: November 19Where: NetflixKartik Aaryan, Mrunal Thakur and Amruta Subhash lead this Indian remake of the 2013 Korean film The Terror Live, about jaded and disgraced news anchor Arjun Pathak (Aaryan) who becomes the centre of an ongoing Mumbai attack after the terrorist calls him and delivers on a promised bombing of the Bandra – Worli Sea Link. Hoping to use the attack to get himself back in the limelight, Pathak strikes a deal with the terrorist and his ratings-obsessed boss Ankita (Subhash).Will Dhamaka offer incisive commentary on the current state of Indian news media — or is it going to be just a straightforward thriller that Neerja and Aarya director Ram Madhvani is known for? If trailers are any indicator of a movie’s direction, it’s definitely tilting towards the latter.tick, tick…BOOM!When: November 19Where: NetflixAndrew Garfield leads this feature directorial debut from Hamilton’s award-winning creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Garfield plays Rent composer Jonathan Larson who wrote a stage musical autobiography about his life that Tony-winning Steven Levenson (Dear Even Hansen) adapts. Vanessa Hudgens, Alexandra Shipp, Judith Light, Bradley Whitford, Robin de Jesus, and Joshua Henry also star in tick, tick…BOOM!The Wheel of TimeWhen: November 19Where: Amazon Prime VideoAmazon’s Lord of the Rings prequel series isn’t due until next September, but it’s got another high fantasy series before that arrives. Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) leads this adaptation of the book series of the same name. She plays Moiraine who has magical abilities and leads five young people on an adventure, hoping to discover a Dragon among them. The “D” is capitalised because in its universe, a prophecy says the Dragon is a powerful individual who can save the world — or destroy it.The rest of The Wheel of Time’s primary cast is largely made of newcomers and unknowns, though Money Heist fans can look forward to Álvaro Morte in a new avatar. Rafe Judkins — former Survivor contestant, and writer on Agents of SHIELD — is the showrunner and head writer. Uta Briesewitz (Jane the Virgin, Orange Is the New Black) sets the tone as director of the first two episodes.Amazon is so confident in the eight-episode first season that it has already renewed The Wheel of Time for a second season. There are 14 books after all, and Judkins reportedly has an eight-season plan, just like the biggest fantasy series of all time: Game of Thrones. Can it hit those highs? Oof, that’s a tough comparison for any series.The Wheel of Time premieres with three episodes on November 19, with the remaining five episodes airing every Friday until Christmas Eve, December 24.HawkeyeWhen: November 24Where: Disney+ HotstarTwo Marvel Cinematic Universe entries in one month. Following a months-long gap after the Tom Hiddleston-led Loki, the next Marvel Disney+ series centres on Clint Barton/ Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), the last of the original six Avengers to get his own standalone chapter. Like Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow whose footsteps it follows, Hawkeye finds Barton training a protégé in Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) who’s also an expert with bow and arrow.And just like Black Widow, where Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) took over from Natasha Romanoff (Johansson), Bishop will take over the Hawkeye mantle from Barton on Hawkeye. The two MCU instalments have more in common, in fact. Yelena is set to appear as a semi-villain of sorts on Hawkeye, having been set up in that role in the Black Widow post-credits scene.Vera Farmiga plays Kate’s mother, Fra Fee is the mercenary Kazi, and newcomer Alaqua Cox becomes the MCU’s first Native American superhero Maya Lopez/ Echo. She can mimic others’ movements, you know like Taskmaster from Black Widow. Echo might even get her own Disney+ spin-off. Joanthan Igla, of Mad Men and Bridgerton fame, is the creator on Hawkeye.Two Hawkeye episodes on release date, followed by one each every Wednesday until December 22. In India, Hawkeye will be dubbed in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam on Disney+ Hotstar.Watch the Hawkeye TrailerJeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld in HawkeyePhoto Credit: Mary Cybulski/Marvel StudiosDecoupledWhen: November TBDWhere: NetflixR. Madhavan plays best-selling pulp fiction writer Arya Iyer who’s been forever stuck in second place behind “old foe” Chetan Bhagat in this series created by A Serious Men author Manu Joseph, in what feels like semi-autobiographical or an elaborate joke crafted by Joseph.But Iyer has bigger problems in his life. He’s persuaded his estranged wife (Surveen Chawla) to live with him for their teenage daughter’s sake. Always running from a crisis, Decoupled is described as “an uncompromising comedy about the true nature of people, India and marriage.”National Film Award-winner Hardik Mehta serves as director. All Decoupled episodes available at once.Surveen Chawla, R. Madhavan in DecoupledPhoto Credit: Netflix

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