Star Wars is no longer what it used to be

Star Wars is no longer what it used to be

Also this year, punctual as clockwork, a novelty related to Star Wars arrived on May 4th. In this case it was the new trailer for Obi-Wan Kenobi, the TV series to be released on Disney + on May 27th. Past announcements on Star Wars Day included news that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi would write and direct a film in the franchise and that a US multinational was planning to produce breakfast cereals dedicated to Baby. Yoda. Star Wars Day is also the day when fans of the series dedicate themselves to a whole series of activities dedicated to the franchise, from crafts to cosplay, passing through television marathons. Over the years, however, the occasion has gradually taken on the guise of a marketing gimmick, transforming from a party for fans to an excuse to release the trailer for a series that people don't seem too keen on.

WiredLeaks, how to send us an anonymous report Before continuing, let's clear the field of any possible misunderstanding. - like every other media company - is celebrating the anniversary too, and it's possible there are people far more excited about Obi-Wan's arrival than my feeds indicate. What I'm trying to say is that since The Mandalorian, or perhaps as early as The Rise of Skywalker, the future of the franchise is reminiscent of the Millennium Falcon in hyperdrive mode: lots of action and dazzling lights, which make it difficult to see where you are. going .

This is partly due to the fact that, in all honesty, Star Wars is going through a period of stasis. Following the success of The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm launched dozens of spin-off series, each of which was met with roughly the same level of enthusiasm. The Bad Batch wasn't bad, although perhaps - being an animated series - it lacked the crossover appeal of The Mandalorian. The Book of Boba Fett - centered around one of the fan's favorite characters - was passable. And now we have Obi-Wan, where a much-loved character is resurrected for the umpteenth time, even if this time it's the version played by Ewan McGregor in the less-appreciated prequel trilogy. There is no way to know that the series will be welcomed, even if the trailer (as well as the presence of Darth Vader) suggests a more cinematic product than the series that preceded it. The Rise of Skywalker came out nearly three years ago, and the next film in the franchise - presumably going to be Rogue Squadron, directed by Patty Jenkins - won't arrive until December 2023 (and even that date represents a question mark). Meanwhile, all the projects gravitating into the world of Star Wars seem to have autopilot on.

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It should also be said that that these not particularly exciting releases came at very different times than their predecessors. The Rise of Skywalker turned out to be a rather disappointing conclusion to the latest trilogy, but it also came out in December 2019, just a few months into the pandemic. In the years that followed there were the 2020 US presidential elections, the Black Lives Matter protests, the war in Ukraine and countless other events that had a huge impact. While it may have been a distraction at times, the Star Wars franchise also felt less worthy of our attention than the chaos of the real world. A few days after the release of a draft opinion that suggests that the Supreme Court of the United States may decide to overturn the historic sentence on abortion known as Roe v Wade, an Obi-Wan trailer does not seem so relevant. Star Wars has survived in socio-political contexts of all kinds, but at a time when it seems the franchise needs a break, it may be time to let it go.

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Arrow The question is whether Star Wars will be able to bounce back. Disney has invested billions of dollars in Lucasfim with the expectation that the production house will prove to be a content machine for years to come. That's why Andor will debut this year - a series centered around Cassian Andor, the character played by Diego Luna who made his mark in Rogue One - in addition to the second season of Bad Batch. According to some rumors, a show on Lando Calrissian is also in the works. More seasons of The Mandalorian will arrive, as well as two other spin-offs, one of them about Ahsoka Tano, played by Rosario Dawson. All these projects, however, are spin-offs of stories that are already part of the Star Wars universe. In other words, they were already in the pipeline (former Disney CEO Bob Iger said not too long ago that the Star Wars movies would be taking a break to allow the studio to focus on series for Disney +).

The real test for the future of Star Wars will be the stories of the post-Skywalker saga. The fact that Waititi is directing one of these projects is a good sign, as are rumors that Sleight director J. D. Dillard will direct another film in the franchise. Marvel boss Kevin Feige is also reportedly in the process of producing a film in the series. However, there remains the trilogy of Rian Johnson, director of the Last Jedi, which was announced years ago but which hasn't been talked about anymore. Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss were supposed to make a trilogy, only to abandon the project in 2019. What happens now then? Obviously, Obi-Wan could turn out to be a fantastic series, as the Jenkins movie could mark the beginning of a new Star Wars renaissance. Or all of these projects could fail, relegating the franchise to the glories of the past. Most likely, though, nothing spectacular will happen, and Star Wars will continue to trudge like a malfunctioning droid in the Tatooine desert. This would probably be the most disappointing ending of all.

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