Disney’s New Star Wars Canon and What it is now?

In a galaxy far…far…away…

In the not so distant past…

Where Walt Disney owns your childhood…

Disney brings to you…

Star Wars.

Star Wars Saga

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Disney is the global giant that has cornered the market on the word childhood. They quite possibly own the copyright on the word “childhood” and every derivative of that word which is how they continuously purchase a facet of each of our childhood that we have grown to love; but this is not a bashing, but a celebration of the companies direction with the Space Opera Saga…Star Wars.

The ship has a new captain. It has a new heading and they have made some major changes in the realm of Star Wars. More than 30 years of novel, toy, game, and comic book-tie-ins collectively known as the Star Wars Expanded Universe. In April 2014, Disney—which had purchased the series in 2012, when it bought Lucasfilm—announced that all such previous efforts would have no bearing on future Star Wars projects…WHAT?

Since the release and future projects underneath Team Marvel and JJ Abrams, Disney did not want to stifle the creativity on behalf these teams. If you haven’t listen to my review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, then click here and leave a comment, and come back and finish reading this. If you have listened, then continue reading.

To tell a new story while expanding the SWEU (Star Wars Extended Universe) is very important. It is the only way to extend the life of a franchise. Disney knew this, so did Lucas. What was done? The rebranding of the games and books as Star Wars Legends open up possibilities that could be used in future content. Although it is considered Legends, it does not mean that there is not any truth to it. It just means that they definitely want to separate and correct the in-cohesiveness of past attempts to tell a more fluid history of events. This is the Councils of Nicea for Jedi Lore.

What is Considered Canon?

Here is a list of what is now canon.

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Movie

Young slave Anakin Skywalker is found on Tatooine and identified as the Jedi of prophecy known as the Chosen One. Following his master’s death at Sith hands, Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi is controversially granted permission to train Anakin as a Jedi.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin Comic

Three years after The Phantom Menace, Obi-Wan and Anakin answer a distress call from a remote planet. Anakin is now a teenager and Obi-Wan is beginning to wonder if his headstrong apprentice is more than he can handle. [January 2016.]

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones Movie

A young adult Anakin Skywalker falls in love with Padme Amidala, despite the Jedi code forbidding emotional attachments. Obi-Wan discovers the existence of a secret army of clones, while galactic conflict with Separatist forces becomes full-scale war.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV

Animated TV series that tells the story of the Clone Wars, the years-long conflict between the Republic and the Separatists. Anakin gets his own Padawan in the form of impulsive Ahsoka Tano, and the two of them and Obi-Wan Kenobi often find themselves on the front lines.

Star Wars: Dark Disciple Novel

When Disney canceled The Clone Wars to make room for Star Wars Rebels, over a full season’s worth of stories were left untold. This novel is based on a planned storyline from the show that saw former Sith apprentice Asajj Ventress team up with rogue Jedi Quinlan Vos (with sparks flying between them) on a mission to assassinate Count Dooku and end the war.

Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir Comic

Another lost story arc from The Clone Wars, this comic picks up the story of the resurrected Darth Maul, who plots revenge on his former master. But he unwittingly plays into Palpatine’s hands by drawing rival Mother Talzin out into the open.

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Movie

The Clone Wars end as an increasingly emotional Anakin Skywalker falls to the Dark Side and becomes Darth Vader. Palpatine makes his move, transforming the Republic into his Empire, and he and Vader hunt down and murder the Jedi Order. Padme secretly gives birth to Jedi twins Luke and Leia.

Kanan: The Last Padawan Comic

A young Padawan named Caleb Dume survives the Jedi Purge thanks to his master’s sacrifice. The story traces his journey into adulthood, as he becomes Star Wars Rebels’ “cowboy Jedi,” Kanan Jarrus.

Lords of the Sith Novel

Newly-appointed Sith Lord Darth Vader and his master Darth Sidious crash land on the inhospitable planet Ryloth and must rely on each other to survive, testing their bond like never before.

Tarkin Novel

The story of how Grand Moff Tarkin rises in the ranks and is assigned management of the Death Star project, by mercilessly hunting down Rebels and building a mutual respect with Darth Vader along the way.

LINE Webtoon Comic

Online anime-style comic following young Luke Skywalker as he grows up on Tatooine with an insatiable hunger for adventure, while Obi-Wan Kenobi protects him from afar.

A New Dawn Novel

Six years before Star Wars Rebels, loner survivor Kanan Jarrus must decide whether to remain anonymous or stand and fight against the Empire. He gets help from unlikely allies — some of whom will go on to become his Rebel teammates on the TV show.

Star Wars Rebels TV

Five years prior to A New Hope, the crew of the Ghost is David to the Empire’s Goliath, guerrilla fighters challenging Imperial oppression on the outer rim world Lothal.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Movie

A ragtag group of Rebel fighters undertake a daring raid to steal the all-important blueprints for the Empire’s ultimate weapon: the Death Star. [Coming December 2016.]

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope Movie

The movie that started it all finds Luke Skywalker whisked away on a wild adventure, rescuing captured Rebel leader Princess Leia and teaming up with smuggler Han Solo on a dangerous mission to destroy the Death Star.

Star Wars: Princess Leia Comic

After the destruction of the Death Star, Leia Organa embarks on a personal mission to find other Alderaanian survivors and protect them from the Empire.

Smuggler’s Run Novel

In this junior readers novel, Princess Leia tasks Han Solo and Chewbacca with a top-secret rescue operation.

Star Wars: Chewbacca Comic

When Chewie crash lands on a world occupied by Imperial forces, he can think of nothing but escape. But a young local girl needs his help first…

Heir to the Jedi Novel

Luke Skywalker’s abilities as a Rebel fighter are put to the test when he’s assigned an espionage mission to extract a Rebel sympathizer from behind enemy lines.

The Weapon of a Jedi Novel

Luke is drawn by the Force to a mysterious planet, where a dangerous new foe awaits.

Star Wars Comic

Marvel’s ongoing adventures that tell new stories from the time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.

Star Wars: Darth Vader Comic

Following the destruction of the Death Star, Vader suffers the consequences of failure at the hands of the Emperor. Also tells of Vader’s discovery of the son he never knew he had.

Star Wars:Lando Comic

An adventure starring Lando Calrissian and his sidekick Lobot in which they embark on a caper to steal a space yacht, unaware that it is the personal property of Emperor Palpatine.

Battlefront: Twilight Company Novel

Based on the video game Star Wars Battlefront, this novel sends the 61st Mobile Infantry, aka Twilight Company, on a mission against orders to strike at the heart of the Empire’s military. [November 2015.]

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back Movie

After escaping from their latest hidden base, the Rebels are separated. Luke travels to meet Yoda, who will train him as a Jedi, while Han and Leia take shelter in a floating city, where Darth Vader has secretly planted a trap.

Moving Target Novel

A young adult novel in which Leia leads a decoy mission while the Rebel fleet licks its wounds after escaping from Hoth.

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi Movie

Luke, Leia, Chewie and Lando rescue Han from Jabba the Hutt before regrouping with the Rebellion, which sends them on a mission against the Empire’s second Death Star. But Luke is haunted by the knowledge that he must face the Emperor alone in a battle for his father’s soul.

Aftermath Novel

A new adventure taking place in the days immediately following the deaths of Vader and Palpatine and the destruction of the Death Star. Concerns a new Rebel character who tries to stop an emergency meeting of Imperial power players who want to regroup for a counterstrike.

Shattered Empire Comic

Tells a story of the days immediately after Return of the Jedi, but from a different perspective than Aftermath.

Star Wars: Uprising Video Game

Yet another look at the immediate post-Jedi galaxy, this video game is about a sector of space that’s been locked down by the Empire — and inside the blockade, they’re maintaining the charade that the Empire is still in control of the galaxy. Gamers play as burgeoning Rebels trying to stop the propaganda and free their sector of space, via episodic content that’s official canon.

Star Wars: C-3PO Comic

Have you noticed that in The Force Awakens, C-3PO is sporting a new arm? Unlike his usual gold tones, the new arm is red. This comic from Marvel tells the story of how he got that red arm. [December 2015.]

Aftermath: Life Debt Novel

Part two of Chuck Wendig’s trilogy bridging Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Nothing is yet known about the plot, though Wendig says that while all of the characters from the first book will be back, the title refers to the bond between Chewbacca and Han Solo. [May 2016.]

Aftermath: Empire’s End Novel

The finale of Chuck Wendig’s trilogy. [Coming May 2017.]

Lost Stars Novel

Imagine if Romeo and Juliet were Rebel and Imperial soldiers, and wound up on opposite sides of the war. Which wins: love or loyalty? That’s the idea behind this novel from Claudia Gray.

New Republic: Bloodline Novel

Claudia Gray’s second Star Wars novel is set just six years before The Force Awakens. Whether any of her Lost Stars characters will show up is anybody’s guess. [March 2016.]

Star Wars Battlefront: The Battle of Jakku Video Game

This free expansion pack for Battlefront allows gamers to play through an epic battle in the skies over the planet Jakku. This is the battle that results in at least one Star Destroyer crashing to the desert planet’s surface, as seen in The Force Awakens. [December 2015.]

Before the Awakening Novel

An anthology of three novellas focusing on the lives of Finn, Rey and Poe from before the events of The Force Awakens. [December 2015.]

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Movie

Thirty years after the Battle of Endor, the Empire may be no more but the galaxy has once again come under threat, this time to a devastating weapon wielded by the First Order. This dangerous new army is fought by the Resistance, freedom fighters that include galactic heroes both old and new. [December 2015.]

Outside of the movies, the new comic, video games, tv and future movies maybe future products. It will be interesting to see the changes made to the overall history or removing what was once canon into the legends category. Disney possesses two great teams underneath its umbrella – Marvel and LucasArts. Those of you that have read the books, comics, and played the games that also debuted the secret apprentice of Darth Vader – StarKiller – it would be nothing to worry to know that they are considered legends. They are possible stories that could have some influence or just a myths are entertaining, the new series appear to be just as entertaining to what was removed. Please see a visual below of the actual time now.

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