Star Wars is not what it used to be

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This year on the Fourth of May, like clockwork, a new piece star Wars news dropped: trailer for upcoming Disney+ show Obi-Wan Kenobi. Previous Star Wars Day announcements have included this Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi will co-write and direct upcoming Star Wars movie and what General Mills will produce Flakes “Baby Yoda”. It is also a day for all sorts of fan activities such as making crafts, cosplaying, and hosting movie marathons. But over the years, the celebration has become more and more of a marketing gimmick – a former massive fan celebration turned into a newsfeed for a trailer for a show that didn’t seem to impress people too much.

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Before we continue, a moment of clarity. Yes, WIRED involved on May 4th as long as any media organization and for as long as I can remember (in a galaxy far, far away…). In addition, there may be people who are much more like Obi Wan what my channels show. But my broader point of view is that since The Mandalorianmaybe even since Star Wars: Skywalker. Sunrisethe future of the franchise was like watching millennium falcon go hyperdrive: Lots of bright lights and action, but it’s hard to see where they’re going.

Part of that has to do with the fact that, frankly, Star Wars is in a bit of a lull. After a resounding success The MandalorianLucasfilm has produced numerous spin-off series, all of which have received roughly the same level of enthusiasm. bad batch was good, although it may have lacked Mando’s crossover appeal because it’s an animated series. Boba Fett book— one of the fandom’s most beloved characters, in fact — was fine. And now there Obi Wan, which resurrects a beloved character again, but resurrects a version of him played by Ewan McGregor from a lesser-loved prequel trilogy. It can really go either way, although this trailer shows more cinematic thrills (and Darth Vader moments) than previous episodes. Rise of Skywalker was released almost three years ago, and the next feature film is supposedly directed by Patty Jenkins Rogue Squadron– will not come until December 2023, and even this date little question mark. At the same time, everything related to Star Wars seems to be happening on autopilot.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that all of these goofy releases were released at a very different time than the previous ones. Rise of Skywalker ended with the later film trilogy ending, but that also happened in December 2019, just a few months before COVID-19 strike. Over the years, there have been the 2020 US presidential election, Black Lives Matter protests, the war in Ukraine, and countless other major events. While the franchise could be a distraction at times, it also seemed far less noteworthy than the chaos of the real world. During the week during which leaked draft conclusion suggests that the U.S. Supreme Court may vote to repeal Rowe vs. Wadeen Obi Wan the trailer doesn’t seem that impressive. Star Wars has persisted in all sorts of socio-political climates, but at a time when it seems like the franchise could honestly take advantage of the hiatus, now might be the time to just let it run its course.

The question is, will he return? Disney has poured billions of dollars into Lucasfim with the expectation that it will be a content generator for years to come. For this there is Andorabout Diego Luna Rogue One outstanding Cassian Andor, due out later this year along with the second season bad batch. Supposedly, Lando Calrissian’s show and more are in the works. mandalorian is coming, as well as two spin-offs of the show, one of which features Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano. But these projects are just offshoots of existing stories in the Star Wars universe. They are also part of the plan – Former Disney CEO Bob Iger said not too long ago that the Star Wars films will be put on hold while the studio focuses on Disney+ shows.

The real test of the future of Star Wars will be whether any stories after The Skywalker Saga can catch on. Having Waititi at the helm sounds promising, as does word that dexterity director JD Dillard will direct a feature-length film. Marvel head Kevin Feige may be changing hats to direct a Star Wars movie too. But then there is The Last Jedi a trilogy directed by Rian Johnson that was announced a few years ago but has since been hushed up. Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss also had to release his own trilogy, but left the project in 2019. So what gives? Yes, Obi Wan could be great, and Jenkins’ film could be the start of a whole new Star Wars renaissance. Or they could all fail, leaving the franchise only to its past glory. But chances are, nothing spectacular — no genre-changing epic, no epic burnout — will happen, and Star Wars will just be poking around like a malfunctioning droid in the Tatooine desert. This may be the most disappointing ending of all.

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