Disney announces that Star vs. the Forces of Evil season 4 will be the end of the series. Premiering in 2015 and created by Daron Nefcy, the project marked Disney XD's first show created by a woman, and went on to rising popularity with the channel's kid- and tween-focused demographic. The show has received acclaim and attention for its explosive, anime-inspired look, unapologetically feminist messaging, and Disney's first on-screen gay kiss in the second season. Much like Cartoon Network's Steven Universe, the series started off its first season with inane, formulaic, adventure episodes that slowly transformed into more complex, often politically or psychologically charged plot lines.
Star Butterfly (Eden Sher), Princess of Mewni, comes to Earth as an exchange student and bonds with Marco Diaz (Adam McArthur) who becomes her best friend and part-time love interest. While the duo start off fighting monsters on a weekly basis, Star gradually questions the prejudicial treatment that they're subjected to, as well as how her magical ancestors took control of the kingdom, which devolves into a thematic exploration of racism and colonialism. Season 3 reveals that the rightful heir to the throne of Mewni is Star's nemesis Miss Heinous/Meteora (Jessica Walter), a disowned half-monster, who was replaced by another infant. Meteora was defeated in battle by her own mother Queen Eclipsa (Esme Bianco) in the season 3 finale.
Disney confirmed that Star vs. the Forces of Evil season 4, which will air on the Disney Channel, will be the last of the series. Alan Tudyk (King Butterfly), Nia Vardalos (Mrs. Diaz), Rider Strong (Tom), and Jenny Slate (Pony Head), are all set to voice their recurring roles. Nefcy thanked the show's fan base, in preparation for the season premiere on March 10 (via TVLine):
“We put our heart and soul into this final season, and can’t wait to celebrate the exciting conclusion of the series with our fans who have remained so loyal throughout this journey,”
As seen in the sneak peak above, Star is now without her family wand, having given it to Queen Eclipsa, due to her true lineage. Eclipsa's re-instated reign will reportedly bring some unexpected threats to Star and Marco, as well as voice work from Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), and Tony Hale (Arrested Development). Hale and Walter's Arrested Development costar Jeffrey Tambor was also a regular voice actor on the show, but was replaced in season 3. It's unknown if his recasting may be related to sexual harassment claims while working on Transparent.
The show has a lot to cover in one season in order to give fans the fulfilling ending they're hoping for. Star's journey from a mischievous, oddball with no interest in being a princess, to a conscientious and powerful leader trying to break down class barriers and facilitate reparations to mistreated communities runs akin to other gradually maturing magical heroes like Harry Potter. Rather than becoming queen herself, she may aim to replace Mewni's traditional monarchy with a meritocratic governing body made of other characters seen throughout the kingdom. Of course, whether or not 'Starco' finally happens, remains to be seen as well. But before all is revealed, a weird and wild conclusion is definitely on the way.
Star vs. the Forces of Evil season 4 premieres March 10th on Disney XD/Disney Channel.