Megan explores the ever-changing longevity of the galaxy far, far away…
Is the Star Wars franchise dead?… Not by a long shot!
At least, if the fan fervor over the news about Project Luminous is to be believed. Even before the release of Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, there was speculation that the franchise was on its way out. Surely, over the course of over 40 years, it would outlive its novelty in many forms of media (books, comics, movies, and shows). Not by a long shot. Enter The Mandalorian on Disney+ and Project Luminous in print.
Sadly, there are still people in the UK and other parts around the world without access to this incredible streaming service. Why is currently unknown. What is known, however, is that as soon as it premiered and the world got its first look at “Baby Yoda” (so named due to his resemblance to the late Jedi Master) more formerly known as The Child. From the first look major and casual fans alike, seemed to lose their minds over his cuteness. Ever since it’s been almost impossible to escape him. As a matter of fact, fans won’t be limited to experiencing this adorable character just in toy form. No, he will also be available to enjoy on backpacks, jewelry (necklaces), costumes, phone cases cereal (yes, that’s right, Baby Yoda cereal) and more.
Then, roughly two months after the show’s end, along comes the revelation of the much-awaited Project Luminous. On February 24, the world finally learned that this formerly beyond top-secret project referred to an ambitious publishing campaign that takes place 200 years before The Phantom Menace during the time of The High Republic. The first novel to be released under this category is called Star Wars The High Republic: Light of the Jedi. It’s being written by Charles Soule and is due out August 25th. In other words, if you’re looking for a good read on your plane ride to California for Celebration, this could just be it. It is now available for preorder on Penguin Random House.
Other titles in this line include Into the Dark by Claudia Gray (a young adult novel) also available for preorder but through Disney Books, A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland (a middle-grade reader) available for preorder through Disney Books as well. Along with the books, there are also a couple comics that are expected to be released in this line as well by both Daniel José Older and Cavan Scott. José’s comics are set to be titled “Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures” while Scott’s will simply be “Star Wars: The High Republic”.
As if those two offerings weren’t enough, there’s also the long-awaited return of The Clone Wars on Disney+. As of this article, only the first two of twelve episodes are out, but as the reviews come in, the overwhelming consensus is that they are a massive success from their storytelling, to updated animation, to the relationship between characters both old and new. In the words of the amazing Kristin Baver associate editor for starwars.com, “Tracy [Cannobbio-Lucasfilm Publicist] warned me about how much this final season would make me cry and I didn’t listen.” To this Tracy cryptically replied, “Oh just wait, my friend. Just wait. #AhsokaTano #AnakinSkywalker #CaptainRex”. From there, fans jokingly responded about how both women were killing them with the teasing before also thanking them in the same tweet for spoiling fans in the best way possible.
Based on the evidence, Star Wars is just getting started with the next chapter in his ever-changing and expanding history. Just like with any other property, it has its ups and downs but will continue to transform into its apparently very bright future. The biggest change that can be seen is that Star Wars simply changing its main form of media. Rather than being on the big screen, it’s moving to the small screen and giving fans of all types a chance to really dive into its novel and comic-based forms. Rather than struggling to consume all forms of media prior to the next big-screen debut, fans now have a chance to more casually take in other forms of this amazing fictional universe. All in all, not bad for a supposedly dead franchise, right? This just leaves the final question, even with everything presented, is Star Wars effectively dead? It certainly doesn’t seem so. No, not by a long shot.
What do you guys think? Is Star Wars in danger of extinction? or are we on the threshold of a bold new chapter in the adventures of the galaxy far, far away… Share your thoughts below!
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Megan Rickards is a prolific Staff Writer for Future of the Force. Aside from being extremely passionate about Star Wars, Batman: The Animated Series and the Arrowverse, Megan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature and Writing. Follow her on Twitter @FindingHerSpot where she channels the Force frequently!