In just a couple of days, The Last Jedi will be released in cinemas all over the world. Like most Star Wars fans, I’m super excited to finally see Episode VIII. I really loved The Force Awakens and it made me extremely hopeful that the new Star Wars trilogy of movies will be good. It’s also going to be very nostalgic to see Carrie Fisher one final time on the big screen in the role that made her a household name. Of course, the latest trailer totally sold me that the latest entry will be really, really good and I’m going to be one of the first in line to watch it once it’s showing.
It seemed like ages ago since we’ve saw a film set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but I’m wrong. Yes, it’s true that Episode VII: The Force Awakens was released two years ago but we did get the standalone film, Rogue One, just last year. And it looks like we’ll be getting a yearly diet of something Star Wars in cinemas in the near future. Not only will we get Episode IX which will close out the current trilogy of films, but we’ll be getting a totally new trilogy after that as well as another solo film with Han Solo (pun intended) and, if the rumors are true, a film based on the galaxy’s most beloved bounty hunter, Boba Fett. Not only are we getting new films, we already have an animated Star Wars series with Star Wars: Rebels and Disney is developing a live-action show for their upcoming streaming services.
This is a total 180-degree change from before Disney took over the franchise. Before, we were aching for new Star Wars content under George Lucas and LucasArts. Now, we’ll be getting a plethora of media based on the series. Which brings me to my question: is this too much Star Wars?
I will admit, Disney seems to be setting a dangerous precedent as they are going to be releasing something Star Wars related each and every years for the foreseeable future. On the surface, this does seem like a good thing for Star Wars fans. But this has the danger of making the franchise just a little bit less special. You have to realize that, when George Lucas was at the helm. he was rather stringent with how the property was handled and he used it sparingly. I guess he learned his lesson after they made that “fantastic” Star Wars Holiday Special back in the day.
But Disney, like many huge corporations, decided that they should make full use of this popular property and make as much money as possible with it. Don’t let the cheery mouse mascot fool you; Disney still wants your sweet, sweet cash and will exploit anything they have at their disposable to get it! Their lineup of Star Wars movies for the future can be proof of this. They will be flooding the market with as much Star Wars as possible because they know that fans, such as myself, will eat it up. At least, at the short term.
The biggest fear is that they’ll be too eager to produce as much Star Wars content and strike while the iron is how without too much concern if the final products will actually be good. Initially, this will be good for Disney if they can get away with it because they can rake is boatloads of money instantly. But, if the quality of the films, cartoons or live-action television shows prove to be terrible, even long time Star Wars fans will quit on it and stop patronizing them. Disney aren’t beholden to fans; they’re beholden to their shareholders. The shareholders want as much money with as very little effort as possible and Star Wars is the perfect vehicle to do just that.
Other companies have tried to saturate the market with their own popular franchises which have led to their downfall. The first two Terminator films were fantastic but subsequent entries started to suck and suck more. The Mummy (the one with Brendan Frasier) had a fantastic first entry but the next two films were pretty bad. There were also movie franchises like Saw, Underworld and Friday the 13th that were run into the ground by the film studios. Even Disney itself isn’t immune to creating franchise fatigue because their Pirates of the Caribbean series hit a patch of rough water and that ship is sinking real fast.
Now, while Disney will be pumping out sequels and Star Wars related media more often than George Lucas ever did, that doesn’t mean the death knell for the franchise. I mean, Star Wars had already survived the aforementioned Holiday Special and the Prequel movies before. But, if Disney does churn out terrible movies, fans will definitely rebel after a few of them and Star Wars will die. But that will only happen if they make terrible movies and, just because they’ll be making more Star Wars films more often, that doesn’t mean they will automatically be bad. In fact, there’s a good chance they’ll be great.
Take a look at the Marvel movies. This started the entire superhero and cinematic universe trend other movie studios have been trying to copy. Marvel’s been making really good films for almost a decade now and the worst movie they’ve been, at worst, average. They have one of the best track records in making movies in the modern era. And who owns Marvel? Disney! What a coincidence! People still watch Marvel movies in droves because they’re still good. Sure, there are some out there who complain that there are too many superhero movies and television shows. But, if the majority of superhero movies and television shows are good, I don’t have a problem with them being so many of them.
So, to answer the question: is it actually possible to have “too much Star Wars?” If the Last Jedi is bad and then they follow it up with a bunch of movies that suck, the answer is: definitely. But if the future Star Wars films and television shows are going to be good, then the answer would be no. However, there is a chance that Star Wars may not be as special as it was before because of its rarity. It would be sad if Star Wars becomes commonplace but, hey, as long as it’s good, I’m game.
Do you think there will be a time when people will say that there’s just “too much Star Wars?” Let me know in the comments section below!