Annlyel reveals why she’s more excited for Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian than J.J Abrams’ finale to the Skywalker saga
Disney’s D23 Expo has been an exciting time to be a Star Wars and a Marvel fan. On Friday the teaser poster and official trailer for The Mandalorian were released and on Saturday the teaser poster (as well as official footage that was shared via Twitter explosion) was also shared for The Rise of Skywalker. As an avid Star Wars fan, it’s a lot to take in but I’m loving every second of it.
And yet, as I sit here writing this post with the music and images from The Mandalorian fresh in my head, I realize that I’m actually more excited for it than The Rise of Skywalker. Don’t get me wrong. The exclusive D23 footage from The Rise of Skywalker that was written online was RIDICULOUSLY incredible and has me seriously scratching my head in confused shock but…it feels like something we’ve seen before.
The Mandalorian, however, feels more original. Yes, it’s set in a timeline that we know and yes there are stormtroopers and Death Troopers but because we’ve never had a story surrounding the perilous adventures of a bounty hunter this feels brand new and so exciting.
I like to use Rogue One as an example. Being the first Star Wars story, it was gritty, it depicted the war through the eyes of those who didn’t have the Force, and it killed off all of its main characters, even the droid!
Rogue One is my favorite Star Wars movie because it was such a darker version of storytelling than we’ve seen before. The tales of destiny and incantations of the Force were muted into the background, delivering powerful characters that seemed more relatable than most characters in the franchise.
The Mandalorian seems ready to deliver yet another fascinating dive into the darker world of Star Wars and I am so ready.
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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!