|George looks a little under dressed for the occasion|
The Cons after the jump.
Anyway one of the first things I noticed when the deal went through was that many Star Wars fans were convinced that Episode VII would be based on Heir to the Empire, despite no one official ever once saying that would be the case. Once Disney/Lucasfilms finally came out and said that they would in fact not be using the expanded universe as a template a lot of people got really angry. Why did they get angry? Because they’re crazy. I know that the expanded universe is beloved and everything but even Lucas didn’t allow himself to be shackled by it when he started editing the film original trilogy for his Special Edition or when he made the second trilogy: both times he contradicted established expanded universe continuity and back-story without even blinking. Why then would Disney do any different? What will end up happening is that the third trilogy will likely completely veer off course from what was written in those books (but elements, plot points and characters could easily make their way in). Sure Mara Jade and the Solo Twins are extremely important characters to the whole franchise but we shouldn’t expect to ever see them on the big screen. Just think of it as an alternate universe; you don’t have much of a choice.
On a sadder note Dark Horse’s Star Wars comics are in serious danger. While the deal between the comic company and Lucasfilm, as of this writing, is still standing Disney now owns the biggest comic book publisher on the planet: Marvel. It would be fiscally irresponsible of them to not eventually create the books in-house. The exact same thing happened with Disney’s deal with BOOM! Studio after Marvel was acquired. Sooner or later Dark Horse will lose Star Wars. Now the creators who have long worked with those books might follow the license wherever it goes; the same thing happened with the Transformers comic when it bounced around during the 2000s. However for all we know everything fans loved about those comics might disappear forever. If I were them I’d be really nervous.
-Disney Cares More About Your Money Than Lucas Did
|In the new world order "Mickey Dollars" will be worth quite a bit|
However Disney is a machine and while they say a lot of stuff about “magic” and “love” they, like all corporations, are mainly concerned about one thing: profit. And there’s a lot of profit to be made from Star Wars. Disney may, and likely will, cross the lines Lucas hesitated to in order to make that cash money. Toys, comics, video games, and likely far more film projects than necessary might get jammed down our throats but whose quality might easily take a seat. It’s happened before, many times. Of course this is all theory. Things might not get that bad. However with Lucas, like him or lump him, he loved and cherished Star Wars. Disney loves and cherishes money because they are a billion dollar corporation and this is still America.
-If Disney Messes Up It Might Be the end of Star Wars
This one might be hyperbole but the stakes for the franchise are at an all-time high. Consider this: legions of Star Wars fans were disillusioned with the product before this and even today, over ten years after the fact, many people will still curse the name of The Phantom Menace and will hotly debate the quality of the film. What will happen if Walt Disney Presents Star Wars: Episode VII is a wretched movie? And I don’t mean “It’s not as good as Empire, thus it’s bad”. I mean “Holy shit, I rather watch Dark Shadows on loop for three months than to have to watch that garbage again.” The nerd backlash would be immense, almost hard to actually imagine.
|Pictured: The Internet, circa 2015 |
(If Episode VII sucks)
I maintain that the Pros are all real while the Cons are more conjecture. It’s possible that all of the Cons might be true but there’s no guarantee of that. Therefore I think that we have a lot more to be happy about with this purchase than not. At the end of the day I can’t believe that there are any Star Wars fans who don’t want more movies and that’s exactly what we’re getting. To complain about that would be insane. My nerdom feels like it’s been a series of disappointments the last ten years; I will likely never get anymore Firefly, Farscape, or Sym-Bionic Titan, three of my favorite comic book characters (Wally West, Cassandra Cain, and Stephanie Brown) don’t exist anymore, Dredd bombed at the Box Office, and Cyclops killed Professor X and is now set to start wearing the ugliest uniform I’ve ever seen. So I need to stay positive about Star Wars. I need to believe that this deal will help more than hurt. Because frankly I can’t take any more negativity.
|Still, doesn't this scene kind of scream "Sign it or we'll kill your family"?|