Black Widow

James Gunn knows a thing or two about being f*cked over by Disney, after a string of offensive tweets from almost a decade previously resurfaced and caused an online firestorm, with the Mouse House enlisting Kevin Feige to tell the filmmaker that his services were no longer required on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

There was an uproar from his friends, fans, colleagues, peers and collaborators, with Dave Bautista threatening to quit the Marvel Cinematic Universe altogether, while the Guardians cast all signed an open letter urging Disney to reconsider their position, which they eventually did.

It’s not exactly the same situation, but it’s still no surprise to discover that Gunn’s sympathies lie with Scarlett Johansson after the Black Widow star filed a lawsuit against her former paymasters for loss of earnings, which has snowballed into the star essentially being labeled greedy by Disney’s legal team more than once. The Suicide Squad director admitted that he doesn’t know Johansson particularly well and isn’t up to speed on the situation, but he’s backing her nonetheless.

“I haven’t really been fully up on it. I’ve only met Scarlett in passing. I think she’s a great person. And I really think she’s, uh, you know, I trust Scarlett.”

Hollywood labor union SAG-AFTRA says Disney should be ashamed of themselves for how they’ve handled the claim, but they evidently don’t care after a longtime member of their legal team called Johansson’s lawsuit a shameless PR stunt. It’s a long, long, long way from being over, and we could even be looking back years in the future at Black Widow as one of the most important movies of the 2020s, even if the Phase Four opener has been struggling at the box office in the month since it first debuted to a pandemic-era record haul of $215 million from theaters and Disney Plus Premier Access.

What if

Another week means another deluge of content coming to the ‘Big Five’ streaming services, and the respective libraries of Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime, Hulu and HBO Max all boast a solid lineup of in-house originals and established favorites, perfecting the balance that a buffet of film and television offerings need to convince their subscribers to hunker down and whittle away their evenings, weekends or lazy afternoons.

In terms of brand spanking new titles, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Disney Plus expansion continues at pace with the premiere of Marvel’s What If…?, an adaptation of the comic book series of the same name that’s endured as a perennial favorite among readers dating back decades.

The eighth and final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is also heading to Hulu, so there’s going to be a lot of viewers bidding goodbye to Jake Peralta and his dysfunctional family, with a status long since secured as one of the modern era’s best sitcoms. Titans Season 3 drops on HBO Max as the DC spinoff continues to set the precedent for the company’s live-action streaming output, but you can check out everything on the way below.

August 9


Reservation Dogs: Series Premiere (FX on Hulu)

August 10

Gabby’s Dollhouse: Season 2 — NETFLIX FAMILY
Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL
UNTOLD: Malice at the Palace – August 10

Hard Knocks ’21: Dallas Cowboys, Sports-Based Reality Series Premiere (HBO)

Together Together (2021)

August 11

The Kissing Booth 3 — NETFLIX FILM
La diosa del asfalto
Misha and the Wolves — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY

Breaking Bobby Bones (S1), 8 episodes
Cesar Millan: Better Human Better Dog (S1) Ep. “Front Of The Pack”
Cesar Millan: Better Human Better Dog (S1) Ep. “Canine Quarantine”
Disney Gabby Duran & The Unsittables (S2), 10 episodes
Disney Junior Chicken Squad (S1), 7 episodes
What If…? – Series Premiere
Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life – Episode 103 “The Jungle / The Flight / Deep Dive”
Monsters at Work – “Adorable Returns”
Turner & Hooch – “In The Line Of Fur”

Fantasy Island: Series Premiere (Fox)
AWOL (2016)

August 12

AlRawabi School for Girls — NETFLIX SERIES
Lokillo: Nothing’s the Same — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL
Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild — NETFLIX ANIME

FBOY Island, Max Original Season Finale
The Hype, Max Original Series Premiere
Titans, Max Original Season 3 Premiere

Homeroom (2021) (Hulu Original)
The Force (2017)
Held (2021)
The Virtuoso (2021)
The Waiting Room (2012)

August 13

Brand New Cherry Flavor — NETFLIX SERIES
Fast & Furious Spy Racers: Season 5: South Pacific — NETFLIX FAMILY
Gone for Good — NETFLIX SERIES
Valeria: Season 2 — NETFLIX SERIES

Shark Attack Files (S1) Ep. “Sharks Gone Rogue”
Star Wars: The Bad Batch – New Episode

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 8 Premiere (NBC)

EVANGELION:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME – Amazon Exclusive (2021)
Modern Love – Amazon Original Series: Season 2

August 14

Jurassic Park, 1993 (HBO)
Jurassic Park III, 2001 (HBO)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park, 1997 (HBO)

August 15

Mother Goose Club: Seasons 3-4
Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai: Season 1
Winx Club: Season 6

The White Lotus, Limited Series Finale (HBO)

The Hate U Give (2018)
Silo (2019)

Netflix has rom-com sequel The Kissing Booth 3 and intense chase thriller Beckett looking to entice an entirely different demographic, while the original Jurassic Park trilogy lands on HBO Max this coming Sunday for those growing impatient for next summer’s Jurassic World: Dominion. As always, it’s a hearty mix of the new and old, with more than a few poised to generate plenty of online buzz and major viewership figures looking at Marvel’s What If…? in particular, which is set to lean into the multiverse hot on the heels of Loki‘s finale.