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All the sci-fi TV and movies streaming in April 2021

By Trent Moore

From big-screen blockbusters, the latest Marvel adventures, big sci-fi shows and returning Emmy-winners — it's a stacked month for streaming in April.

Netflix is loaded with big originals, led by the sci-fi flick Stowaway starring Anna Kendrick; Phil Lord and Chris Miller's animated film The Mitchells vs. The Machines; the original fantasy series Shadow and Bone; and the Melissa McCarthy superhero flick Thunder Force. Hulu is bringing back its biggest hit with a new season of The Handmaid's Tale; and Disney+ continues its rollout of new episodes of the MCU super-series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

HBO Max also continues its ambitious streaming-and-theatrical film slate, with the latest would-be blockbuster Mortal Kombat coming to the service. The service also has the period-set sci-fi series The Nevers, created by Joss Whedon (who has since exited the project) on tap. Amazon Prime has its horror anthology THEM; plus a few solid movies coming to the service's back catalog.

Digging deeper, there are also plenty of solid movies outside the originals. Netflix has the sci-fi flicks Synchronic and Battle: Los Angeles; Disney+ is adding a boatload of classic Star Wars content; HBO Max has The New Mutants; and Hulu has classics like Vanilla Sky and Virtuosity on tap.

Check out the full rundown below and let us know what you'll be watching.



Thunder Force (Netflix Original Film): Two childhood best friends reunite as an unlikely crime-fighting superhero duo when one invents a formula that gives ordinary people superpowers. This Netflix original film stars Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer and Jason Bateman.

Synchronic: Can't get enough of Anthony Mackie in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier? This should do the trick. This buzzy sci-fi action flick stars Mackie and Jamie Dornan as paramedics investigating a mysterious new drug that's hit the streets. Turns out, it's a whole lot more than just a trip.

Shadow and Bone (Netflix Original): A Netflix original series. Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world.

Stowaway (Netflix Original): Netflix's next, big sci-fi flick follows a three-person crew on a mission to Mars. The trio faces an impossible choice when an unplanned passenger jeopardizes the lives of everyone on board. The film stars Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette and Daniel Dae Kim.

The Mitchells vs. The Machines (Netflix Original): A robot apocalypse put the brakes on their cross-country road trip. Now it's up to the Mitchells — the world's weirdest family — to save the human race. Produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse).

April 1
Magical Andes: Season 2 (Netflix Documentary)
The Possession
The Time Traveler's Wife

April 3
Escape from Planet Earth

April 4
What Lies Below

April 6
The Last Kids on Earth: Happy Apocalypse to You (Netflix Family)

April 8
The Way of the Househusband (Netflix Anime)

April 9
Thunder Force (Netflix Film)

April 12
New Gods: Nezha Reborn (Netflix Film)

April 14
The Soul (Netflix Film)

April 16
Arlo the Alligator Boy (Netflix Family)
Crimson Peak
Fast & Furious Spy Racers: Season 4: Mexico (Netflix Family)

April 19
PJ Masks: Season 3

April 20
Izzy's Koala World: Season 2 (Netflix Family)

April 21
Zero (Netflix Original)

April 22
Stowaway (Netflix Film)

April 23
Shadow and Bone (Netflix Original)

April 27
Battle of Los Angeles

April 28
Yasuke (Netflix Anime)

April 30
The Mitchells vs. The Machines (Netflix Family)



The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (New Episodes): Big-screen Avengers stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan return for a streaming miniseries as they aim to unravel a new threat to the world — all while sorting through their own post-Endgame trauma (and buddy comedy shenanigans).

DuckTales (Season 3): The final season of the animated revival of the beloved animated classic. It's big, funny, smart, adventurous and an absolute blast. Dig in to see how the journey ends.

April 2
Sharks of the Bermuda Triangle
Night at the Museum
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
Star Wars: Clone Wars – Volume I
Star Wars: Clone Wars – Volume II
Star Wars: Ewoks (Seasons 1-2)
The Story of the Faithful Wookiee
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: New Episode
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers: Episode 102, "Dusters"

April 9
Disney Future-Worm!
Disney Kick Buttowki: Suburban Daredevil (Seasons 1-2)
Squanto: A Warrior's Tale
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: New Episode
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers: Episode 103, "Breakaway"

April 16
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: New Episode
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers: Episode 104, "Hockey Moms"

April 23
Disney Junior Puppy Dog Pals (Season 3)
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: Finale
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers: Episode 105, "Cherry Picker"

April 30
Disney Ducktales (Season 3)
Marvel Studios: Assembled
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers: Episode 106, "Spirit of the Ducks"



Mortal Kombat: Can this be the Mortal Kombat movie we've always wanted? We'll find out soon, when this one hits theaters and HBO Max for simultaneous release: Why has Outworld's emperor sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, to hunt down MMA fighter Cole Young? In search of answers, Cole finds his way to the temple of Lord Raiden and begins unlocking the secrets of his heritage. As Outworld's threat to Earthrealm grows, Cole joins warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao, and Kano in a high stakes battle for the soul of the universe.

The Nevers (Original Series): August, 1896. Victorian London is rocked to its foundations by a supernatural event which gives certain people — mostly women — abnormal abilities, from the wondrous to the disturbing. But no matter their particular "turns," all who belong to this new underclass are in grave danger. It falls to mysterious, quick-fisted widow Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) to protect and shelter these gifted "orphans."

April 1
Dante's Peak, 1997 (HBO)
Dark Shadows, 2012 (HBO)
Dead Silence, 2007 (HBO)
Ella Enchanted, 2004 (HBO)
Ghost Rider, 2007
Green Lantern, 2011
Leatherface Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, 1990 (HBO)
The Man With The Iron Fists, 2012 (Unrated Version) (HBO)
My Super Ex-Girlfriend, 2006 (HBO)
Red Dawn, 1984 (HBO)
Space Jam, 1996
Speed 2 Cruise Control, 1997 (HBO)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, 2006 (Extended Version) (HBO)
White Noise, 2005 (HBO)

April 6
Genndy Tartokovksy's Primal, Season 1B

April 10
The New Mutants, 2020 (HBO)

April 11
The Nevers, Drama Series Premiere (HBO)

April 17
The Dark Knight Rises, 2012 (HBO)

April 24
Mortal Kombat, Warner Bros. Film Premiere, 2021

April 29
Looney Tunes Cartoons, Season 1D



The Handmaid's Tale: Season 4 Premiere (Hulu Original): The Emmy-winning hit returns to continue the saga of a woman forced into sexual servitude as she struggles to survive in a terrifying, totalitarian society.

Manifest: Season 3 Premiere (NBC): Over a year has passed since the miraculous homecoming of Flight 828 and the discovery of others who have mysteriously returned. While the Stone family endeavors to keep their friends safe and make their enemies believe the unbelievable, new challenges will test their trust of the callings and each other. But sticking together is more important than ever, because no matter what happens, it's all connected.

Manifest Season 3 Trailer - The Mystery Returns

April 1
UniKitty: Complete Season 3 (Cartoon Network)
28 Days Later (2003)
The Abyss (1989)
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974)
The Dead Zone (1983)
Die Hard (1988)
Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995)
Dude, Where's My Car? (2000)
Hancock (2008)
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
Mad Max (1980)
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
The Polar Express (2004)
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
Shaft (2000)
Shrek 2 (2002)
So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Virtuosity (1995)
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

April 2
Manifest: Season 3 Premiere (NBC)

April 3
Blair Witch (2016)

April 7
Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World: Season 1, Epsiodes 1-12 (DUBBED) (Funimation)

April 12
Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)
Spontaneous (2020)

April 26
The Oscars Red Carpet Show: Special (ABC)
The 93rd Oscars: Special (ABC)

April 28
The Handmaid's Tale: Season 4 Premiere (Hulu Original)
Arrival (2016)



THEM: A new, original horror anthology that explores terror in America. The first season, 1950s-set COVENANT, centers around a Black family who move from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood during the period known as The Great Migration. The family's idyllic home becomes ground zero where malevolent forces, next door and otherworldly, threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.

Spontaneous: A good, old fashioned sci-fi romance — complete with exploding heads. When students in their high school begin inexplicably exploding, seniors Mara (Katherine Langford) and Dylan (Charlie Plummer) struggle to survive in a world where each moment may be their last. As an unexpected romance blossoms between them, Mara and Dylan discover that when tomorrow is no longer promised, they can finally start living for today.

Creepshow (Season 1): Shudder's hit original anthology horror series comes to Prime Video for a sampling. Based on the iconic 1982 film written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero, comes a new horror anthology series from the mind of The Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero.

April 1
A Hologram For The King (2016)
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974)
Evan Almighty (2007)
Hancock (2008)
How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
Inception (2010)
Johnny English (2003)
League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Mad Max (1980)
Minority Report (2002)
Shaft (2000)
Shooter (2007)
So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993)
The Abyss (1989)
The Dead Zone (1983)
The Happening (2008)
Creepshow: Season 1 (Shudder)
Garfield & Friends: Season 1 (Boomerang)

April 3
Blair Witch (2016)

April 7
High-Rise (2016)
Pulse (2005)
Ragnarok (2009)
The Priest (2009)
Trollhunter (2011)

April 9
THEM (Amazon Original Series: Limited Series)

April 12
Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)
Spontaneous (2020)

April 28
Arrival (2016)

April 30
Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (Amazon Original Movie)


April 1
Despicable Me
Happy Feet
Happy Feet Two
Monster High: Ghouls Rule
Monster High: Great Scarrier Reef
Monster High: Haunted
Monster High, Scaris City of Frights
Monster High: Welcome To Monster High
Monster High: Why Do Ghouls Fall In Love
Mortal Kombat
Street Fighter
The Wiz
Van Hesling

April 2
Manifest, Season 3 (NBC)

April 6
Conan The Barbarian

April 22
Rutherford Falls: Season 1 (Peacock Original)


It's hard to get a clear read on what might be new and dropping on Paramoun+ this month, but the upstart service (which takes over for CBS All Access) has a growing catalog of fan favorite movies and all the new Star Trek shows (plus plenty more in the works).


Shows like the new podcast-esque sci-fi series Calls, and ambitious sci-fi fare like Servant and For All Mankind are streaming now, though there doesn't look to be much in the way of new series launches this month. But projects like Lisey's Story and a new season of Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet are on the way.


April 1
G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra
Kung Fu Panda
The 6th Day

April 9

April 10
G.I. Joe: Retaliation

April 16
Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant


April 1
Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher
Gods of Egypt (2016)
Priest (2011)
The Last Witch Hunter (2015)
The Legend of Hercules (2014)
Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009)
Click (2006)
Coneheads (1993)
Elektra Luxx (2010)
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
Moon (2009)
30 Days of Night (2007)
30 Days of Night: Dark Days (2010)
Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)
Night of the Living Dead (1990)
Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)
Casper and Wendy's Ghostly Adventures (2002)
Muppets From Space (1999)
The Land Before Time Films (1988-2016)
The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo (1997)
Battlefield Earth (2000)
Flatliners (2017)
Resident Evil (2002)
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
Signs (2002)
The Andromeda Strain (1971)
UFO (2018)
Passengers (2008)
Charlie's Angels (1976) - Seasons 1-5
Dilbert (1999) - Seasons 1-2
Drive (2007) - Season 1
Jumanji: The Animated Series (1996) - Seasons 1-3
Spartacus (2004) - Season 1

April 15
Swamp Thing (2019)