Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ Universe Being Modeled After the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 28th, 2012 at 3:01 pm,

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We’re still waiting to learn who is going to be directing Star Wars: Episode VII, with Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) currently rumored to be the top contender for the job. However, it appears that Disney has plans far bigger than a third Star Wars trilogy, now that the studio has acquired Lucasfilm.

It was confirmed last week that Lawrence Kasdan (co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (co-writer of Sherlock Holmes) are penning new Star Wars installments in addition to Episode VII – which is being scripted by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3). We’re now being told that those projects might not be Episodes VIII and IX after all; instead, Kasdan and Kinberg could be writing separate films that also take place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

THR has learned from its insiders that Kasdan and Kinberg are “not necessarily” working on Episodes VIII & IX; rather, their screenplays could end up serving as either official ‘Episodes’ or spinoffs that revolve around side characters outside of the Skywalker clan and their close acquaintances (Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, etc.). Disney CEO Robert Iger has said the intention is to release a new Star Wars movie “every two to three years” – beginning with Episode VII in 2015 – but it now appears that some of these films could indeed focus around “other pieces of the expansive mythos.”

However, it’s worth noting that soon-to-be Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has announced that the company wants to produce a few (Lucasfilm) movies on a yearly basis. When you put the pieces together, it does seem feasible that there could be Star Wars spinoffs released during the interim between ‘Episodes’ (after Episode VII releases, that is). Moreover, the indication now is that Disney and Lucasfilm are relying on a set of blueprints for constructing the expanded Star Wars movie universe that resembles what was used to build Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, with the ‘Episodes’ narrative thread serving in the same unifying capacity as Avengers installments in the MCU.

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Star Wars Expanded Universe literature and the Clone Wars animated TV series have already demonstrated there are countless worlds to explore and stories to tell – outside those concerning the battle to restore freedom to the galaxy – and the vastness of the setting makes it easier for writers to avoid getting bogged down in the task of tying all the events of the Star Wars galaxy together (whether working on a new novel, comic book, TV show, and now film).

That’s to say, the task of building a shared Star Wars movie-verse should prove to be much simpler (and cleaner) than putting together a coherent Marvel movie-verse proved to be in Phase One of the MCU. After all, the events that transpire in a standalone feature about a single side character (such as the Boba Fett movie proposed by Joe Johnston) need not have much – if any – effect on the central ‘Episodes’ thread, so there’s wiggle room for various screenwriters to come in and experiment by telling different sorts of Star Wars stories.

Are you intrigued by the idea of an ‘expanded’ Star Wars movie-verse? Let us know in the comments section.

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Source: THR

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  1. Boo! There goes Star Wars

    • You mean, here comes Star Wars.

      We haven’t seen a single piece of story about what’s coming. Can’t write anything off.

      • Don’t get me wrong I’m pumped for new episodes. I just don’t want it to go the way of the Marvel Movies. Marvel formula works good for Marvel. Star Wars has its own formula. In my opinion, and that’s all it is, I think there should be only trilogies for star wars, whether that be 7,8,9 or start out in the old republic or whatever. Star Wars was never about focusing on one character, it brought you multiple ones that you went on this journey with. I just don’t think it will work. I feel its similar to the xmen and wolverine movies. I love wolverine but I’m not a big fan of the wolverine movies. My fear is that’s how star wars will go.

        • wolverine movies was more of a script problem

          • What do you mean by “a script problem?” Do mean they had errors, or they were just bad writers?

            • bad writers, just look what they turned dead pool into!

        • Who’s to say the Marvel formula WON’T work for Star Wars? There hasn’t been a shred of story to judge yet, like Keyes said. Way too early for anyone to start complaining.

          • Okay well I just gave my idea how it POTENTIALLY won’t work. So give me yours on how it could work. Sway me. What characters could Star Wars focus on in individual movies to lead up to something like the avengers? And what would be the point? The Avengers had a point because each movie prior focused on a member of that team. So what would individual star wars character movies lead up to? That is the Avengers formula.

            Also another thing I fear from the Avengers formula is recasting. For example the Hulk. I don’t want to get invested in a character if he will be recast. It takes you out of the movie when that happens. And the way Disney runs things with the avengers, I could see that happening with star wars. And is something I don’t want.

            • Boba Fett

        • After the prequels and Clone Wars, and everything that’s happened to the video game side over the last decade, there’s no such thing as a Star Wars “formula” to me.

          It didn’t work and the brand has a bad rep for a lot of people thanks to everything that happened from the special editions onward.

          If they want to make more great stories that are the best examples of sci-fi come 2015 and going forward, do it. That’s of course under the stipulation that the films are awesome :)

          LucasArts, where’s my X-Wing Alliance sequel?!

          • Agree. I don’t know if I could get psyched for the new films. It just seems so damaged and muddled. I like the choice of actor, but *sigh* Star Wars just hasn’t “felt” like Star Wars for some time now.

          • I totally agree with you Rob. I grew up with the original trilogy (I remember what a big deal it was when Star Wars FINALLY made it to HBO), but the prequels were a colossal disappointment. IMO, there is no WAY that Disney can do any worse. I’d love to see a movie about Boba Fett and the bounty hunters, or what is going on with the remnants of the Empire. As long as the stories are well written and we don’t get any more JarJar type characters, I’ll be happy.

            • Wasn’t C-3PO the original Jar-Jar type character?

  2. Please just anothe trilogy. We don’t need a bunch of different movies. I just want three more in continuity of the previous 6.

    • I thinkmim with you man

  3. Can someone please tell me who that character is on the far right of that first photo? Star Wars films need more characters like that!! Guy looks totally menacing.

    • Hmm… looks like Prince Xizor to me.

    • I believe it’s Darth Krayt.

      • Thanks!! I figured it out its a Yuuzhan Vong. Its a species I don’t think its one particular character.

        • It probably is a specific character, considering how many books, novels, and short stories that have been written for Star Wars.

        • I just looked at pictures of both a Yuuzhan Vong and Darth Krayt, and I’m still not sure which one of us is correct. I can’t increase the size of the pic, so details are unclear, but it seems to have more specifically pronounced armor components at the back (helmet?) like Krayt BUT the “blank” alien face of the YV.

          • Looking beneath that figure at some of the other characters represented, it DOES seem that the poster sticks to (other than the general soldiers of the Republic clones/Empire) named characters in the films and Expanded Universe. The four to which I’m referring are Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin Solo and Admiral Thrawn.

            • It’s Nom Anor, Yuuzhan Vong sleeper agent and a prominent figure in the New Jedi Order series of novels.

              • I got it from wookipedia. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Yuuzhan_Vong

                I would really like to know where I should start reading these comics. They seem pretty awesome the more news that comes out about the new films the more I want to brush up on my sar wars lore post four five and six even if its not canon with the films.

                • Star*

                  • But Darth Krayt wears armor so I can see the comparison. They do look similar but Krayt looks human underneath the armor.

                    @Archaeon If they do bring back the Sith who do you think they would bring in as the new Sith lords? I’m thinking Han and Leias son. He does turn to the dark side maybe it will be about their kids and having to bring down family? That would be a cool story line. Very personal. That would be pretty BA if the new Sith got rid of the rule of two and assembled a Sith army.

                    • I agree that Darth Caedus would be a logical next Sith step, but without the whole build-up of the stories that preceded his corruption, Jacen would have to fall to the dark side in an “adjusted” manner.

                • Ah…Thank you, to tank and Corrector. I’m pretty up on my Star Wars, BUT I admit I lost some momentum with the whole Yuuzhan Vong storyline, although I’ve HEARD of Nom Anor (oddly, from the “Crimson Empire” epic).

          • By the look of the armor it is a Yuuzhan Vong. Mostly likely it is Nom Anor. Nom Anor is usually depicted with the armor component on the back like that.

  4. Boba freak’n Fett!!!!! A movie about him, Or Jango Fett, would be AWSOME!

    Others I would like to see just off the top of my head would be:
    Origin/adventures of Han Solo
    Origin of the Jedi order
    Origin/adventures of Lando Calrissian
    The story of Palpatine’s time as an aprentence to the sith lord mentioned in revenge of the sith.
    Origin of Darth Maul

    • Darth Bane anyone?? That would be awesome!

  5. I am intrigued indeed :)

  6. I would like to see a episode 1, 2 and 3, can’t belive they still haven’t done that.

    • Please tell me you’re joking…

      • All I saw was the adventures of a emo kid

  7. I think a bunch of origin movies would be boring… could even ruin a character if it doesn’t turn out good. I don’t want a film each year.

  8. Why is it always “doing it like Marvel” or “doing it like Nolan” all the flipping time? How about doing it like “Star Wars”!?? (circa 1977-1983)

    • Why stop it at “Like the MCU” why not have it PART of the MCU?

      HAHA I kid, but I do hope we can get an epic Marvel/Star Wars crossover down the line.

      • Maybe have a Star Wars cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy ? :)

  9. I’m far more interesting in brad birds movie, the man I was hoping would direct star wars

  10. Old Republic anyone? Wouldn’t mind seeing a few movies based on that series. Heck maybe even movies about , The Solo kids.

    • Old Republic is not so likely

      • I don’t know about that…

  11. As far as I’m concerned, they can go and make as many movies as they want, as long as they’re good.

    • I’m with you all the way on that one. I’m sure they are too, cause if they don’t do well with the movies they don’t get paid, and they don’t get any fans, etc.

  12. Give me the Solo kids in this trilogy and I will be happy

  13. A movie or movie series about the Old Republic would be freakin awesome! Just take a look at the cinematic videos for the game, StarWars:TheOldRepublic. Also, playing the game itself gives you a lot more insight on things and opens you’re mind a little more.
    That being said, what would be one of the greatest hits is if there was a movie series on the origins of the Sith, and then followed by the origins of the Jedi. The Sith series should be a killer, seeing how there’s so little known about them, so there’s just so much that they incorporate into the film(s). I don’t know if the Jedi series would be such a hit, seeing how episodes 1-6 revolve around the jedi.

    If you have any questions, ask or reply. My dad grewup loving star wars, as well as myself and my siblings.

  14. As long as they keep the EU intact in a way it doesn’t conflict with the new movies, I’m in.

    However if they decide to cast aside all the hard work and effort put forth from the authors and artist… I’m out.

  15. this is great. there is alot of money..err…stories that could have been made

    • Money and stories alike…..money and stories.

  16. Give us a Darth Sidious prequel.

    • I would LOVE to see that!

  17. Whoever is going to direct this movie needs to watch and take notes from the cinematic trailers for the Star Wars Old Republic game. Those were amazing, thats what I want to see in the next films!

    • Totally agree, Kotor story was better then any movie so far

    • That’s what I’m talking about, those vids were AWESOME!

  18. As much as I’ve decried DC for attempting to ape Marvel’s movie universe model, I think the Star Wars universe could definitely pull off a similar attempt.

    All of the interesting characters and stories that could be told, and then the stories culminating in an “episode” every 3 years or so sounds very intriguing. It’s the perfect model to bring the Star Wars universe back to relevance, and perhaps even back to the top of the box office!

  19. Yep, give me the rise of the Sith Empire with Darth Malgus as the main bad guy and Satele Shan as the jedi and you will have a winner

  20. Awesome, we’ll finally get a JAR JAR BINKS movie! Revenge of the Jungans!

    but seriously, Wedge Antilles could have a reboot, Rogue Squadron anyone? He’s the only side character to make it through parts IV, V & VI.

    • A Rogue Squadron film would make sense, especially if they end up using the EU from the novels with the Solo kids being part of it.

  21. They should make a movie about the force unleashed games staring sam witwer as starkiller

  22. we need a jar jar origin story , a madcap adventure recalling all the crazy s*** he did that got him kicked out of his homeland.
    epic stuff.
    or….
    a gritty documentary style biopic on yoda’s junkie brother and the things he let the hutts do to him for crack money.
    it would be emotional.
    or….
    how C3PO ended up on a sex offenders register. and why R2 will never speak again.
    x rated.

    • lmao

  23. I would love to see this happen. There are great characters and stories from the Star Wars Universe that have nothing to do with the Skywalkers that would be awesome to explore. The biggest problem I see is jumping around in the Timeline of the Star Wars Universe like what has happened with the official Episodes (4-6, 1-3, and now 7) Are we going into the time fram between the prequels and original, between the original and the sequels or will we get a Disney Star Wars Universe where everything takes place after ROTJ? Still so many questions of what will happen with this. Only time will tell

  24. I would prefer for them to JUST do VII, VIII, and IX for now before we start talking spin offs. Though I suppose it’s a strange thing to be worrying about over saturation of mother trucking Star Wars films.

  25. I’d like to see c3p0 upgraded, war machine style. Strap some guns on this protocol droid and have a brawl with IG-88. R2 also needs some firepower.

  26. So what I am getting from this is, for example the numerical Star Wars movies would be equal to AVENGERS, where as the other films will lead up to official “episodes” Ex: Boba Fett: The Movie , Bib Fortuna: The Movie, Chewbacca: The Movie – from these intertwining events will be the event seeds leading up to, EPISODE SEVEN and so on… spinning off again into stand-alone character films

  27. I think if Episode 7 is great and we are introduced to a bunch of new and interesting characters that an expanded universe of films would be amazing.
    Yes, I know the prequels were garbage but unless Episode 7 is worse how could more Star Wars be a bad thing???
    Also anyone who’s surprised bye this plan should realize that Disney just paid 4 billion for Lucas Film and they are going to want to make that money back sooner than later and releasing Episode’s 7-9 will take about 8yrs. So of course they plan to do more with the franchise…

  28. I am a huge fan of star wars and the expanded universe. It can work. The clone wars on the cartoon network has shown it can garner interest. The children of han and leia are young jedi…luke gets married…more adventures..a planet of lost sith..on and on…survivors of the death star and etc carry on…luke trains and develops young padawans…in 20 years, another whole generation of good and bad are back. The mandolorians are a great story. Give it a chance.

  29. Few series are meant to go on. As much as I’d like more Star Wars movies, it just doesn’t feel right because the story can only go so far. We’ll see

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