UPDATE: Lucasfilm Story Group's Matt Martin confirmed on Twitter that the "Mara Jade Lives" writing is fake and likely planted by a fan. The original article follows.
Mara Jade is officially part of Star Wars canon, thanks to some writing in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The red-headed Force-sensitive assassin was a vital part of Star Wars' Expanded Universe. As the Hand to the Emperor and future wife of Luke Skywalker, she became one of the most popular characters introduced. But, she has been made non-canon thanks to Disney and Lucasfilm making these stories Legends.
Ever since this decision was made, Mara Jade fans have made their interest in her becoming canon known. Lucasfilm has made other parts of the EU canon over the years - namely Grand Admiral Thrawn through Star Wars Rebels - but there has been no such push for Mara Jade. It appeared this may be on purpose, as Star Wars canon under Disney has used up her stories already. However, she has now finally been confirmed as part of the Star Wars canon thanks to an unexpected source.
As shared on Reddit by u/moredevine, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has confirmed that Mara Jade is part of canon - and alive. The user shared an image of writing in a bathroom stall at the park, which - when entered into the Galaxy's Edge translation portion of the park's app - says "Mara Jade Lives."
After years of hope that Mara Jade could debut in a movie, TV show, or even a canon book or comic, it is Galaxy's Edge that finally brings her into canon. Galaxy's Edge is set between the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, so this detail could confirm that she is alive at this time. That said, there's no way of knowing when this was first written. But, the fact that the team behind Galaxy's Edge included this detail at all signals that Mara Jade either is still walking around the galaxy far, far away at this time, or at least that she once was.
Now that Mara Jade is confirmed to be part of canon, the question becomes when will the Star Wars franchise actually do something with her. As of right now, this is the only mention of her in canon, but this could have been done to tease fans that more of Mara Jade is coming. There were rumors she could appear in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, so could this tease that she'll debut this December in theaters? Meanwhile, there is also the possibility that The Mandalorian could feature her. Showrunner Jon Favreau refused to answer a question on if former EU characters will appear in the show but said that the interviewer was on the right track. Even if neither of these appearances happens, the fact that Mara Jade is now officially part of Star Wars canon means she could pop up in other canon materials before too long.
Source: Reddit u/moredevine
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