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Upcoming streaming shows and movies we're excited for (May 2022)

New franchise entries, long-awaited new seasons, and completely new movies and series are launching in the new year.
May 8, 2022
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What upcoming movies and shows of 2022 are you most excited for? Every streamer has a massive slate for the new year, but what are the biggest titles to look forward to?

Disney Plus has a slew of new titles in its Marvel and Star Wars franchises. Netflix has major new adaptations like The Sandman and Avatar: The Last Airbender, along with returning fan-favorites like The Umbrella Academy. And the list goes on.

Our list only skims the surface of what’s coming in 2022, of course. We’ll be sure to keep you updated about other upcoming shows and movies streaming throughout the year!

See also: The best original streaming series

Upcoming shows and movies of 2022: Highlights

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Amazon Prime Video
September 2, 2022

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After two decades since the release of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, get ready to return to Middle Earth in Amazon Prime Video’s new series exploring events long before Bilbo Baggins found the one ring to rule them all. Amazon is investing hard in fantasy, with 2021’s The Wheel of Time already establishing the streamer as a major player in the genre. The Lord of the Rings: The RIngs of Power should be a major conversation starter when it lands in late 2022.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi

Disney Plus
May 27, 2022

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The Star Wars prequel trilogy has its defenders, but it’s pretty polarizing among fans. Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi seems to be one of the few elements that virtually everyone agrees was great. It’s no surprise, then, that Disney’s expanding its slate of Disney Plus Star Wars series with an Obi-Wan Kenobi series, following the Jedi Master between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Look for familiar faces joining McGregor, including Hayden Christensen’s return as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.

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The streaming service is the home of all Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars movies. It’s also got a bunch of exciting originals like The Mandalorian, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, and more.

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Love and Death


Elizabeth Olsen as Candy Montgomery in Love and Death

2022 is giving us not one but two miniseries about Candy Montgomery, a Texas housewife who brutally murdered her best friend in 1980. Following Candy on Hulu in May, HBO Max will launch its own take on the true-crime drama, with Elizabeth Olsen as Montgomery. The series is written by David E. Kelley and directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.

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For All Mankind, season 3

Apple TV Plus
January 21, 2022

Molly Cobb in For All Mankind
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Apple TV Plus has been an increasingly terrific streamer for its original series, but one of its first titles remains among the streamer’s best. For All Mankind returns for a third season in 2022. Featuring another massive time jump, the series will now follow NASA’s manned missions to Mars in an alternate history in which the Soviets landed on the moon before the U.S.

Read: Everything you need to know about Apple TV Plus

Upcoming streaming shows and movies in 2022

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Below is a list of some of the upcoming shows and movies we’re most excited to see in 2022. These are organized by streaming service rather than by date, as many do not have definite premiere dates in 2022 yet. We’ve supplied premiere dates wherever possible.

Amazon Prime Video

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (September 2)

Apple TV Plus

  • Black Bird (July 8)
  • Cha Cha Real Smooth (June 17)
  • For All Mankind, season 3 (June 10)
  • Killers of the Flower Moon

Disney Plus

  • Andor
  • Hocus Pocus 2
  • The Mandalorian, season 3
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi (May 27)
  • She-Hulk
  • Willow
Disney Plus is going all-in on new Star Wars and Marvel series as well as legacy titles like Willow in 2022.


  • Batgirl
  • Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai
  • Love and Death


  • Prey

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  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Knives Out 2
  • Resident Evil
  • The Sandman
  • Stranger Things season 4
  • The Umbrella Academy season 3
  • Wednesday

Paramount Plus

  • Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe

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  • Queer as Folk

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