In preparation at the launch of the Disney + novelty Obi-Wan Kenobi Last week, actor Hayden Christensen mentioned in an interview that yes, of course, he would love to star in a spin-off of the series centered on Darth Vader, the character he has played in one way or another in Three Stars. War movies and now in Kenobi. This interview came hours after Lucasfilm released the August trailer Andora new show with Diego Luna in a spin-off of the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Both of us Obi-Wan Kenobi i Rogue One they are, of course, already spin-offs of existing Star Wars movies; in fact, they both act as prologues to the first 1977 Star Wars movie, filling in the holes in the plot that were never addressed in the original film: How come no one found Luke Skywalker on Tatooine? Who exactly stole the Death Star’s plans in the first place? Fans now have, or are receiving, answers to these questions. But they also knew it real answer for years: in the grand scheme of things, none of that matters.
Thinking about the current state of the Star Wars franchise, it’s hard not to remember this quote from comic book writer Grant Morrision: “Adults foolishly ask how Superman can fly, or how Batman can run a multimillion-dollar business. day and fight crime at night, when the answer is obvious even to the youngest child: because it’s not real.Children understand that real crabs don’t sing like the ones The Little Mermaid. But you do adult fiction, and the adult starts asking very stupid questions like “How does Superman want to? How do these eyeballs work? Who’s pumping the Batmobile tires? It’s a fucking fictional story, idiot! Nobody pumps the tires!” “
The power of George Lucas’ original Star Wars movies is that they are, gloriously, children’s stories. The big villains dress in black and look scary, while the heroes smile and hug and save the day using magic and the power of being good; there are cute robots and more cute bears, and the cosmology of all this doesn’t make sense if you think about it for a moment, but it’s okay; it sounds good and everything moves fast, so you don’t mind.
The problem is that the kids who loved those movies grew up and stayed with Star Wars in the process. As a result, Star Wars became increasingly insular. It went from the original story of Darth Vader to the trilogy of the prequel to the turn of the century to the present, which has focused on the details of what happened before to such an extent that in 2019 . Solo: A Star Wars Story not only does it show how Han Solo met Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian, it also shows how he won the Millennium Falcon and how he did the Kessel Run in such a short time, that is, basically the whole background story of the character in the original film, while inexplicably giving a totally unexpected and unnecessary origin to Han Solo. first name. Who really asked for it?
Even those Star Wars projects that initially seemed new and independent of the franchise’s past have been affected by the expectation of exploring the legacy. The second season of The Mandalorian was overshadowed by guest appearances by Cobb Vanth, Ahsoka Tano, Boba Fett and a CGI Luke Skywalker, which resulted in a Boba Fett spin-off show that did nothing but offer fan service on how Boba went survive being eaten by Sarlacc in 1983. The return of the Jedi. (Spoiler: not chewed, or something.)