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Star Wars stories, Marvel superheros, a master monster hunter, and some Gelfling are among RT readers' most anticipated.

by | September 10, 2019 | Comments

For Rotten Tomatoes’ annual Fall TV Survey, we asked thousands of our users what they’re most looking forward to in the coming TV season and to reflect on the best shows from seasons past.

As part of our survey, we asked Rotten Tomatoes readers which recent, announced, and upcoming superhero, sci-fi, and fantasy titles they were most excited about. Below are their top 20, including enthusiasm for collections of new series — as in No. 1 (“Give me allll the Marvel!”) — as well as individual titles.


1. Disney+’s Entire Slate of Marvel Titles

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The Disney+ Marvel farm is rolling out a number of new titles we can’t help but be stoked about — and so are Rotten Tomatoes users, who voted for the entire upcoming Marvel slate of series as their “most anticipated.” The titles include: The Falcon and the Winter  SoldierWandaVisionLoki , What If…?HawkeyeMs. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk. Read on to learn more about some of these titles.


RELATED: Everything We Know About Disney+


2. The Lord of the Rings (Amazon)

Lord of the Rings series map (Amazon Prime Video)

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Amazon’s ambitious take on The Lord of the Rings universe takes place in the Second Age. Director J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) is signed on the helm the first two episodes of the series, and Will Poulter (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) is reportedly on board for a lead role.


RELATED: Everything We Know About The Lord of the Rings Amazon Series


3. The Mandalorian 93% (Disney+)

Pedro Pascal leads a kickass cast as a bounty hunter in this Star Wars title that will be available on Disney+ at the streaming service’s launch on November 12. Is that close enough to Christmas to consider this a gift from Disney? We think so.


RELATED: Everything We Know About The Mandalorian


4. All of the Star Wars projects (Disney+)

STAR WARS: EPISODE III-REVENGE OF THE SITH, Ewan McGregor, 2005. Credit: Industrial Light & Magic/Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation/Courtesy Everett Collection

(Photo by Industrial Light & Magic/Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Once again going the comprehensive route, Disney+ is not just offering The Mandalorian; watch for an Obi-Wan Kenobi series, starring Ewan McGregor (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith), and a Cassian Andor series, starring Diego Luna (Rogue One), and the seventh season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.


5. Game of Thrones prequel (HBO)

George R.R. Martin in 2015 in Los Angeles, Jane Goldman in 2017 in London (Mark Davis/Getty Images; Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

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A series has no name — but you’re still excited for it. Song of Ice and Fire series author George R.R. Martin, a co-creator of the new series with Kingsman films writer Jane Goldman, has been calling it “The Long Night,” but has said he doesn’t expect that’s what it will be called. The series is set around 5,000 years before HBO’s hit show, a time in which Westeros was made of a hundred petty kingdoms. The cast includes Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter franchise), Jamie Campbell Bower (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia films), among others.


RELATED: Everything We Know About HBO’s Game of Thrones Prequel


6. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Disney+)

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, US character poster, Anthony Mackie as Falcon, 2018. © Marvel / © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, US character poster, Sebastian Stan as White Wolf, 2018. © Marvel / © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

(Photo by © Marvel / © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, the series will reported pick up from the events of Avengers: Endgame with Sam (Mackie) deciding to pick up the shield and name Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) gave him in the film’s closing moments. The series is set to debut in August 2020.


7. Loki (Disney+)

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Tom Hiddleston returns as the God of Mischief in 2021 limited series Loki. The story will follow the Loki who escaped from custody in Endgame with a divergent copy of the Space Stone.


8. Carnival Row 57% (Amazon Prime Video)

Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne star in a deadly fairy tale that is now streaming on Amazon.


9. Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi series (Disney+)

STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES, Ewan McGregor, 2002, Copyright 2002 Lucasfilm Ltd., courtesy Everett Collection

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Ewan McGregor confirmed at the D23 fan convention in August that he would return to the Star Wars franchise as Obi-Wan Kenobi, reprising his role in a limited series on the streaming service. The series will be set in a time contemporaneous with the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story and takes place eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, where we last saw Obi-Wan delivering the infant Luke Skywalker to his Tatooine homestead.


10. Star Trek: Picard 86% (CBS All Access)

Patrick Stewart faces new challenges when he returns to his role as Jean-Luc Picard.


11. Hawkeye (Disney+)

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, Jeremy Renner, as Hawkeye, 2016. TM & © 2016 Marvel. All rights reserved. / © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection

(Photo by Marvel. All rights reserved. / © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection)

Premiering in 2021, the series stars Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye), training a new Hawkeye named Kate Bishop.


12. WandaVision(Disney+)

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, US character poster, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, 2018. © Marvel / © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, US character poster, Paul Bettany as Vision, 2018. © Marvel / © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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Arriving on Disney+ in early 2021, the series features Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff – aka the Scarlet Witch – and Paul Bettany as Vision in an alternate reality with a sitcom-like feel. The events of the series will tie directly into the upcoming film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which will also feature Olsen.


13. What If…? (Disney+)

What If...? logo (Disney+)

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An animated series, the series asks what the MCU would be live if key events had happened differently? Expect Hayley Atwell to voice Agent Carter once again, while Jeffrey Wright will voice Uatu the Watcher and host of the series that will debut in mid 2021.


14. The Witcher 81% (Netflix)

Henry Cavill takes on the role of famed monster hunter Geralt of Rivia.


15. Star Wars Cassian Andor series (Disney+)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: Diego Luna as Cassian Andor (Walt Disney Pictures)

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Diego Luna reprising his role as Rebel spy Cassian Andor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for another Star Wars series on the streamer. Alan Tudyk will also return as Cassian’s droll droid accomplice K-2S for the series, to be set before the events of the film.


16. The Chronicles of Narnia (Netflix)

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, Aslan, 2005, (c) Walt Disney/courtesy Everett Collection

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Last fall, Netflix announced it had acquired film and television rights to the book series by C.S. Lewis and previously adapted into a feature film series by Walt Disney Pictures.


RELATED: Upcoming TV Fantasy Series That Could Be the Next Game of Thrones


17. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance 88% (Netflix)

The gentle Gelfling discover a horrifying secret that ignites a rebellion against the vile Skeksis and upends the balance in Thra. Now streaming on Netflix.


18. His Dark Materials 81% (HBO)

HBO’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s acclaimed trilogy, starring Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, and Ruth Wilson.


19. The Dark Tower (Amazon)

NIGHTFLYERS -- "All That We Left Behind" Episode 101-- Pictured: Sam Strike as Thale -- (Photo by: Jonathan Hession/Syfy/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images); Vikings: Halfdan the Black (Jasper Paakkonen) from HISTORY’s “Vikings”. ‘Moments of Vision’ mid-season five finale airs January 24. Photo by Jonathan Hession Copyright 2019

(Photo by Jonathan Hession/Syfy/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images; Jonathan Hession/History Channel)

Based on Stephen King’s fantasy series of the same name, the series has reportedly already cast Nightflyers’ Sam Strike (pictured left) as gunslinger Roland and Vikings’ Jasper Pääkkönen (pictured right) as the Man in Black.


20. The Sandman (Netflix)

The Sandman by Neil Gaiman (DC Comics)

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Netflix delighted Neil Gaiman (Good Omens) fans in July with news that the streamer is developing a series based on the author’s beloved comic book series.


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