Oh, to be a fly on the wall at Lucasfilm right now. I like to think it’s a case of life imitating art. In this instance, The Emperor has fallen, The Death Star has been destroyed, and a group of Moffs, Warlords and Admirals are scrambling to make some sort of claim over armaments, resources and territory. Because one thing’s for sure – that sense of cohesive, singular narrative that was the Star Wars EU has gone out the window.
In the latest baffling announcement, Dark Horse is set to publish a new Star Wars: Legacy comic, focusing on the Great-Granddaughter of Leia Organa-Solo. This, despite the fact the Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill have all-but-confirmed their return for Episode VII.
I can’t quite figure out why Lucasfilm Licensing would do this. Even if the Disney deal took them by surprise (it didn’t) you would think they might want to stop publishing something that’s so clearly going to contradict continuity by 2015. Dark Horse might be ready to just throw caution to the wind, but Lucasfilm Licensing has a duty to at least try and make the timeline work.
Looking at the release list, it’s not surprising that everything but Sword Of The Jedi and Crucible is set in time periods other than post-Return of the Jedi. Licensing has wisely been avoiding the Legacy era of late. So why now?
It makes me think that Marvel continues to be an interesting model for comparison. In the same way that the timelines for Marvel comics and Marvel movies exist simultaneously, share commonalities, but have completely separate universes and timelines, the Star Wars EU and Star Wars movie universe (MU?) could co-exist. They could, er, form a Symbian circle, maybe.
That way, the Expanded Universe can continue, prosper and grow in all its absurd glory, with the movies continuing to cherry-pick it for the big screen.
This, I think, is the best case scenario. The new Legacy looks great. It would be a shame for something so promising to be thrown aside. So let’s keep our Expanded Universe, separate from the movies, but still thriving.