Star Wars Needs To Confirm A Multiverse For Next Comic Event

While Star Wars comics expand on the gaps between movies with events such as War of the Bounty Hunters, they are missing a major opportunity.

While starwars comics expand on the gaps between movies with events such as War of the Bounty Hunters and Crimson Reign, they are missing a major opportunity. If Star Wars embraced the multiverse like Marvel and DC Comics have, a new crossover event would create excitement among fans. Theoretically, Star Wars could bridge multiple continuities previously depicted in comics, ranging from the original Marvel title to the alternate universe stories called Star Wars Infinite, and more.

Although Star Wars stands out from other major franchises for its streamlined canon, there have been many stories told outside of ongoing continuity. Before Disney purchased Lucasfilm, the expanded universe now referred to as “Legends” elaborated on the Star Wars galaxy beyond the original saga. Now regarded as an alternate version of events in favor of new stories, many fan favorite books and comics have been de-canonized. In their place, Star Wars comics have largely focused on the original trilogy era with storylines set either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Backor between Empire and Return of the Jedi. However, such stories can make the galaxy feel smaller, as sequel characters like the Knights of Ren and Ochi of Bestoon cross paths with Qi’ra and Crimson Dawn from Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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As a means to truly expand the Star Wars galaxy in comics, it might be time to introduce a Force-based multiverse and bring all previously established continuities into one singular crossover event. Considering the recent popularity of the multiverse across multiple realms of media, Star Wars might benefit from the concept in a unique way. New canon has made the galaxy feel more compact, with many unlikely characters who know each other, despite the alleged grand scale on which then story is told. By utilizing the multiverse, all fans could find something to appreciate, as all stories would be put on equal ground, including the original Marvel comics run, The Star Wars, Star Wars InfinityLegends, and ongoing canon.



The Original Marvel Comics

despues de A New Hope rose in popularity, the first Star Wars title from Marvel debuted in 1977. Based off the little source material that was available from the saga’s first installment, issues were largely restricted in the stories they could tell, as a sequel was set to eventually release. Apparently, Lucasfilm didn’t have much authority over the comics writers, who introduced many new characters who had no bearing on the saga itself, including the notable green rabbit rebel Jaxxon, the bounty hunter Beilert Valance, and Domina Tagge. The child-friendly tone of the series strongly contrasts the films, making them a product of their time. However, some elements have made their way into new canon. In the event of a multiverse-crossing storyline, this dynamic could lead to a meeting between the original Beilert Valance and his modern counterpart. Such an interaction would speak to how far the franchise has come in stories told outside of cinematic installations.


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When Dark Horse Comics continued to tell new Star Wars stories, the publisher had much more creative freedom to explore the galaxy. Beginning with the late writer Tom Veitch’s Dark Empire, in which Emperor Palpatine returns with a clone body and Luke Skywalker temporarily joins the dark side, the publisher proved that fans could expect more ambitious comics going forward. Although no longer a part of mainstream canon, Legends is responsible for numerous books and comics that fans have passionately embraced. In contrast to the version of Luke who exiles himself in The Last Jedi, Legends depicted a Jedi Knight who was not immune to failure, but continually grew past it. The alternate iteration of Luke founded a thriving Jedi Academy, which would drastically contrast the fallen Order of new canon. If the two Lukes crossed paths, their exchange could emphasize their differences in a team-up comparable to Spider-Man’s Spider-Verse adventures.


The Star Wars

Also published through Dark Horse, the late JW Rinzler adapted George Lucas’ original ideas for the franchise in a comic book miniseries titled The Star Wars. While some familiar elements remain intact, the overall look and feel of the galaxy is dramatically different. Instead of “the Jedi Order,” the movement was called the “Jedi-Bendu,” and featured characters such as Annikin Starkiller, who is mentored by The Star Wars’ version of Luke. Several other distinctions include the towering reptilian Han Solo, who is introduced as a friend of Starkiller’s father. Fighting against the evil Emperor who has ruled the universe for more than 100,000 years, the comic based on Lucas’ early drafts feels like a remix of the saga. By incorporating this alternate retelling through the multiverse, Star Wars could make the writer-director’s original vision canon. With both casts joining forces, the franchise would reconcile with what it was first intended to be prior to rewrites.


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Star Wars Infinites

When writers and artists were given the opportunity to reimagine the saga through three standalone installations of the original trilogy episodes, Star Wars saw some bizarre new stories. The Star Wars series resembled Marvel’s What If…? as it purposed questions that could never be considered in canon. Infinites wasn’t afraid to rewrite the universe, incorporating a Jedi trained Leia, a redeemed white-suited Darth Vader, and a version of Yoda who destroyed the Death Star with a simple Jedi mind trick. It’s unlikely the three continuities will be explored again, but they would make for an exciting inclusion in a Star Wars multiverse event. While readers are aware of the various directions in which the saga could have gone, characters could face the alternate lives they could have had for the first time.

Although a multiverse might initially seem too “science fiction” oriented for the science fantasy franchise, it has often been a device for publishers to acknowledge multiple fan favorite versions of characters. Since Star Wars already possesses multiple continuities, it seems like such a premise is inevitable. Just as a Star Wars version of time travel came through the World Between Worlds, the multiverse could find its origins in the Force. For now, starwars comics are confined to actual corners of the galaxy, paralleling the 1977 Marvel series for its creative limitations. However, the multiverse could revive ongoing comics and unite multiple generations of readers.


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