When it comes to Star Wars, fans have strong debates about what’s considered canon. With Disney taking charge, it’s becoming more clear what’s really connected with the massive story. According to writer Matt Martin, what’s canon isn’t real at all.
Not Keeping It Real
On Twitter, Martin decided to lay down the law when it comes to Star Wars canon. “What is and isn’t canon informs how future stories may be told but it doesn’t need to dictate how individual fans enjoy their own personal Star Wars story,” he stated on the social media platform.
The latest trilogy has divided the Star Wars fanbase with its new characters and storylines. While some fans weren’t fond of it, Martin states they could still enjoy the older material. “So in the example earlier the person was asking about ‘re-canonizing’ a past story since that specific story hasn’t been explored in the new canon,” he also said on Twitter. “And I said if they like that story there’s no reason they can’t accept it as ‘real’ in their version of Star Wars, but if there was an opportunity to tell that story now that new creator would not be beholden to that old version of the story.”
They Know A Thing Or Two
Martin is no stranger when it comes to these things. Since 2013, he’s been a member of the Lucasfilm Story Group, which was founded by Lucasfilm Vice President Kiri Hart. The group’s main goal is to have a structured canon as opposed to endless branches of stories. Martin’s first gig with the group was working on Star Wars: The Old Republic: Galactic Starfighter. Martin began working for Lucasfilm in 2007 as a product developer for the Star Wars Shop website. His likeness was used for the character Mart Mattin in the third season of Star Wars Rebels.
So Many Stories, So Little Time
Since 1977’s Episode IV – A New Hope, a plethora of Star Wars side stories were unveiled. Many of these stories focused on smaller characters or worlds featured in the films. Dubbed the Star Wars Expanded Universe, it almost became a bigger deal than the major box office films. Despite being released through different publishers, these stories were all canon to the universe. With over 200 books and countless video games and comic books, fans had their fill of Star Wars.
Upon Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012, things for the Expanded Universe took a drastic turn. The entire thing was no longer considered canon anymore. Instead, these stories were labeled Star Wars Legends. As expected, this move didn’t sit well with longtime Star Wars fans.
Fortunately, Lucasfilm allowed directors to take things from Star Wars Legends and make them canon again. Over the years, fans have seen some familiar faces return. General Admiral Thrawn made a splash after the successful Thrawn book trilogy in the early ’90s. In Star Wars Rebels, Thrawn became canon during season three. In the 2003 video game Knights of The Old Republic, players are introduced to Darth Revan. In the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary, Revan becomes canon again thanks to the Revan Legion.
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Fake It Til You Make It
In the end, Martin thinks fans shouldn’t care too much about canon.”It’s all fake anyway so you can choose to accept whatever you want as part of the story,” he said on Twitter. “If you choose to only accept the real official canon: cool. If you like to mix and match between continuities: cool. If you like to make up your own stories: also cool.”
Hearing someone from the Lucasfilm team state this can be a shock to many fans. For decades, fans have been accumulating all kinds of Star Wars stories. From the official films to fan fiction, having different takes on things always led to deep discussions. With the heated debates on the recent trilogy, many will be taking this statement to heart. No matter how you see it, Star Wars will continue to deliver immense stories for years to come.
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