Since the MCU launched, Marvel has brought moviegoers and viewers to careers on characters they may have known a lot before. Of course, Iron Man wasn’t exactly obscure in 2008, but he wasn’t exactly Spider-man, either. The success of the project paved the way for characters known only to dedicated comic book readers to spend some time in the spotlight, the Eternal in Shang-Chi, both of whom star in upcoming films. But MODOK? Who saw that one coming?
Unexpected or not, this clever new animated series appears to be one of the highlights of the movies and series added to Hulu this month, though there’s no shortage of entertainment elsewhere on the service thanks to a selection that includes everything from strangers with donuts.
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Shadow in the cloud (Le 5 mai)
In a throwback to old-school B movies with a modern twist, pilot Maude Garrett (Chloë Grace Moretz) faces two enemies as she takes flight in the midst of World War II: sexism and monsters. Can she defeat them both in this hybrid war film / horror film directed by Roseanne Liang?
Acute: Season 3 (May 7)
Aidy Bryant was a star on SNL From the moment she arrived, it was therefore a pleasure to see her stretch as a performer as the leader of this series inspired by the memoirs of the same name by journalist Lindy West. The third season, which begins in its entirety, sees Annie enter a new phase in both her professional and personal life.
Saint maud (May 13)
Rose Glass’s acclaimed horror film about the intense relationship between an intensely Catholic hospice nurse (Marfydd Clark) and the former dancer (Jennifer Ehle) in her care, was set to debut last spring to lose its release date because of the Covid-19 epidemic. Still, that doesn’t mean that what might have been one of the most talked about movies of 2020 can’t be one of the most talked about movies of 2021 now that it’s available to a wider audience.
A kind of paradise (May 13)
An immersive look at life inside The Village’s, a huge retirement complex in Florida, Lance Oppenheim’s directorial debut has been acclaimed since its Sundance premiere in 2020. The film has seen a brief release. in theaters earlier this year, but expect the conversation to pick up around him once a larger audience gets a chance to check it out.
MLK / FBI (May 14)
While Martin Luther King Jr. fought for civil rights, his opponents weren’t always those who stood up to him on the front lines. They included J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, which embarked on a surveillance and harassment campaign to keep King and the movement he led under control. Veteran documentary filmmaker Sam Pollard’s latest film (Eyes on the prize) explores the story of this campaign, which revealed that the country’s most powerful law enforcement organization was standing on the wrong side of history.
Supernova (May 18)
Tusker (Stanley Tucci) and Sam (Colin Firth) are longtime romantic partners who travel to England’s Lake District, but their trip is not without a goal: Tusker suffers from early-onset dementia and the couple make his better to savor life. they built together before it collapsed. Written and directed by actor-turned-filmmaker Harry Macqueen, the film received good reviews when it played at festivals last year (and with those great tracks and heart-wrenching setup, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise).
MODOK de Marvel (Hulu, 21 May)
In the surest sign yet that every character ever to appear on the pages of Marvel Comics will ultimately get a movie or TV series, this stop-motion animated series is about the struggles of the eponymous MODOK, which is essentially a Angry floating head, as he simultaneously tries to take over the world and handle the marital drama in suburban New Jersey. If that premise didn’t already suggest the show wasn’t taking itself too seriously, Patton Oswalt is providing the voice for MODOK.
Plan B (May 28)
Natalie Morales (Dead to me, the little things) spent part of the pandemic orientating itself. She crossed out both Language course, which had a well-received premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, and this comedy in which a pair of South Dakota teens (Kuhoo Verma and Victoria Moroles) are desperate for the morning after pill after an unfortunate first sexual experience. With last year Palm Springs, Hulu has established itself as an outlet for watching original comedies and it looks like it could continue this trend.
The vigil (May 31)
Anyone looking for religious-themed horror movies need look no further than Hulu this month. Dave Davis stars as a Jewish man troubled by a malicious Mazzik as he watches over a recently deceased woman. This could be a great double for Saint Maud (or maybe the recent indie hit, Baby Shiva).
King of donuts (May 31)
After arriving in America as a Cambodian refugee, Ted Ngoy took a job as a janitor and gas station attendant before earning millions of dollars as the owner of a chain of donut shops. Alice Gu’s new documentary tells her incredible success story – and what happened next, a journey through the dark side of the American Dream.