In just under two weeks, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens will hit theaters and kick start a new age for the galaxy far, far away on the big screen. When Walt Disney Pictures acquired Lucasfilm back in 2012, they had visions of a lot more than just a sequel trilogy set in the main Skywalker family saga. They have three standalone anthology films (Rogue One, young Han Solo, etc.) currently planned, and if everything goes Disney’s way, they’ll be distributing a new Star Wars movie every year until the end of time.
Disney is obviously modeling Star Wars after their other major tentpole franchise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of Marvel’s calling cards since the first Iron Man in 2008 has been a post-credits scene that teases and sets up a new development in the series. There were rumors speculating that Star Wars would follow suit, but it’s been revealed that is not the case.
At a Force Awakens press conference (hat tip Comic Book), Abrams himself confirmed that there will be no button sequence once the Star Wars 7 credits have rolled. Previously, it was reported that there would be a look at next year’s Rogue One attached to Episode VII. This news will surely be disappointing for fans hoping to get a glimpse at Gareth Edwards’ spinoff, but it makes sense for this to be the move.
The MCU is a little bit of a different animal, since it is comprised of a variety of projects that are all interconnected, with plot beats and characters weaving between the different films. This is not the case with Star Wars. While Rogue One is definitely part of the same franchise as the previous movies, it is not a continuation of the same story the saga films are telling. So, there isn’t a need for Lucasfilm to force something. Some casual moviegoers may even be unaware that Rogue One is coming through the pipeline, and seeing the first teaser for the “next” Star Wars movie immediately after Episode VII could confuse those who don’t follow the developments as closely as the die-hards.
Another possibility would have been to offer a look at Rian Johnson’s forthcoming Episode VIII (which opens in May 2017). The director has already done filming on some scenes, and Mark Hamill is openly discussing regrowing his beard to reprise Luke Skywalker once more. Once seeing what The Force Awakens is all about, fans will (hopefully) be excited for a taste of the future, but Lucasfilm is keeping the focus on the galaxy far, far away firmly in the present.
And that’s arguably the way it should be. There are so many questions remaining about The Force Awakens that anything shown in a button scene (unless it was directly tied to the Star Wars 7 narrative) would be in danger of being overshadowed by the content of the actual movie. With the plot being kept heavily under wraps, all the secrets revealed will dominate discussions following the film’s release, as fans debate whether or not it lived up to the massive hype. Throwing in something extra could be overkill, especially since The Force Awakens is offering so much at face value.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: Comic Book