I stumbled over this guy on YouTube. He seems like an almost hilariously stereotypical Star Wars nerd, and he hated the recent movies, but he is also fun and (to my mind at least) positive and upbeat about his fandom, and willing to let other fans take their enjoyment where they will if that’s what they want. There could be some toxicity in there but it’s easy to find everywhere if you go looking. I’m just in this for the shallow movie discussion.
And I know, there’s a lot – a lot – to talk about in day-to-day life right now. There have been some crazy and interesting developments in politics and culture that I’m still trying to process before writing about it all. Spoiler, not a lot of it is good. Oh, and I’m still taking baby steps towards finishing the two books I have on the go right now. It’s fun. But slow.
First, though, Star Wars.
So, to cut a long story short, there is the glimmer of a possibility of a Star Wars multiverse.
Not even kidding.
Now, as with the Marvel multiverse, my immediate thought was no, that’s silly and my second thought was the fans aren’t ready for this and the regular viewers certainly aren’t, but then I watched the video and I dunno, it could be kinda interesting?
It seems like some groundwork might have gone into making it happen already, with the weird Rey mirror thing in The Last Jedi. And it might even explain some of the absolute nonsense that was going on in The Rise of Skywalker. With the erasure of the expanded universe canon and the apparent sterility of the galaxy far, far away when it comes to making up any new stories or origin movies, an alternate-timeline-divergence multiverse could open things up and provide some actual stakes for characters we’ve just assumed are going to be fine.
Or it could complete the job of demolishing a franchise that has already – and I think I can say this with reasonable objectivity – taken a lot of hits.
Of course, for something like this to work, it’s going to require some pretty extensive storyboarding and planning from people who are very familiar with the Star Wars lore, history and characters. And some input from truly creative and unorthodox people. And those two things don’t seem to be things Disney is willing to do with this cash cow they’ve spent billions to acquire.
Which fucking baffles me, but whatever. I guess I’ll never understand the corporate mindset. And that’s okay.