Although movie theatres and movies have returned, Star Wars has not. Following the publication of The Rise of Skywalker in 2019, The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and the soon-to-be-released Obi-Wan Kenobi have been banished to Disney+. That isn’t to say that more Star Wars films aren’t in the works, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige’s Star Wars feature may be the most exciting of them all.
Lucasfilm has announced a number of unreleased Star Wars films in recent years, including Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron, Rian Johnson’s rumoured trilogy, and a Taika Waititi Star Wars feature. It’s unclear whether these projects will materialise, but given that Kevin Feige is more than a filmmaker and is as well-known as his Marvel stars, his picture appears to have a better chance than the others.
While the film’s director and release date have yet to be announced, fans do know that Michael Waldron, who wrote both Loki and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, has been tapped to write the script, which will centre on “family issues,” according to Michael Waldron.
Now that the Doctor Strange sequel has been published, the MCU writer looks to be focusing on Kevin Feige’s Star Wars plot, and based on what he has said thus far, this film will not go in the direction that fans expect.
Star Wars Writer Kevin Feige Teases a Stand-Alone Film
“We’re finally into it in earnest,” Doctor Strange 2 writer Michael Waldron said in an interview with Variety of the Star Wars film he’s working on with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, adding that it’s “not necessarily a sequel or anything:”
“We’ve finally gotten down to business. I mean, I’m now writing. It’s a great deal of fun. I’m enjoying the ability to do something on that that isn’t necessary a sequel or anything. It might have a little less of a — it doesn’t have a lot of TV series and movies that you’re serving on top of it like ‘Doctor Strange.’ So it’s all good. It seems like a whole different workout.”
While Lucasfilm led the Disney+ series charge with The Mandalorian in 2019, Marvel Studios has now released six Disney+ shows, surpassing Star Wars’ output. WandaVision, What If…?, and other series are among them. All of these characters, as well as Loki, played a role in the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
It’s no surprise that this Star Wars film “feels like a separate exercise” after juggling the events of those series with a new feature.
That isn’t to suggest that contemporary Star Wars films such as The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett haven’t been linked. In reality, it’s been the polar opposite, and Ahsoka, starring Rosario Dawson, is set to continue the trend.
Do Fans Want a Star Wars Story That Isn’t Connected?
Waldron’s claim that Kevin Feige’s film isn’t catering to “a bunch of TV series and movies” is both shocking and unsurprising.
In comparison to the MCU, Star Wars is more of a chronological history of a galaxy than a universe of connected, contemporaneous happenings. Because the galaxy’s history has already been defined, Feige and Waldron’s plot could take place at any moment in the Star Wars timeline without having to drive the franchise’s storyline forward.
However, the fact that this plot will not serve as a prequel to any Star Wars series or films suggests that Kevin Feige’s Star Wars feature will stand alone. Not only is this a divergence from Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau’s Disney+ direction, but it also implies that current Star Wars characters such as Mando, Grogu, Ahsoka, and Luke Skywalker are unlikely to appear.
A story set before the events of The Phantom Menace and in the age of the Old Republic has been requested by certain segments of the Star Wars fan community, as has a story set before the events of The Phantom Menace and in the era of the Old Republic.
While this time period – and a story apart from the Skywalker Saga – provides unlimited possibilities and plenty of leeway for imagination, a disconnected story set in a franchise that thrives on connections is a hazardous proposition.
Even though fans claim to desire something fresh, nostalgia is a big part of Star Wars’ appeal. Lucasfilm attempted to finish the Skywalker Saga with The Rise of Skywalker, only to have a de-aged Luke Skywalker return in Season 2 of The Mandalorian and again in The Book of Boba Fett.
Also, unless this new picture is thoroughly embedded in the look and style of Star Wars, it may be difficult to persuade viewers to care about a plot that is unrelated to key events.
Given that this is a Kevin Feige film, and much of Feige’s success derives from masterminding integrated storytelling, the lack of a connected story is also surprising. Perhaps Lucasfilm is counting on Kevin Feige’s clout and expertise to launch a new Star Wars period or saga?
It’s impossible to determine with precision because so little about the film has been released or shared. Fans may discover more about the new film in the coming weeks, as Waldron is now fully immersed in the script and Star Wars Celebration is just around the corner.