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Should Lucas have created a “Star Wars cinematic universe” in between the release of ROTS and the sale to Disney?

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(Such a universe would include TCW and any other tv shows Lucas or Filoni felt like making)

I think he should have for the following reasons:

  1. So he could show what his ideas are for elements of the Star Wars universe hinted at but not shown in the movies (such as the history of the Jedi and Sith).

  2. To save the Expanded Universe by establishing a separate “cinematic universe” for Disney to continue at the same as the EU and show Disney that they can have two universes going at once just like Marvel. This would also prevent the issues with the EU that occured when TCW episodes first aired.

  3. To show Disney that a Sequel Trilogy isn’t neccessary for Star Wars to be financially successful, preventing the story from continuing beyond ROTJ unless that’s what Lucas wanted.

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I like the idea of two co-existing universes, just to reconcile how in a way all the great stuff in legends feels offically ‘irrelevant’ to the characters from the original trilogy and just modern mainstream Star Wars in general. I think the sequels are great films in their own right (with one, notable, exception, in my opinion) but the story direction of legends novels is in many cases much better, and those novels and comics deserve to be kept more mainstream.

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I think that was Disney’s plans when they bought out Lucasfilm. Get a sequel trilogy out of the way because that’s what everyone expects from them, and then start a Star Wars cinematic universe. I think Rogue One was a test run, and then Solo was the real beginning of the SWCU, or maybe they were going to start the real SWCU with, or after, the third cancelled spinoff movie.

But then all three sequel trilogy movies outperformed both spinoff movies, and one of the spinoffs downright bombed. Most of the spinoff movies they announced back in 2017 have either been cancelled or they’ve been dead silent on. If there ever was plans for a Star Wars cinematic universe, they’re gone now.

The sequel trilogy was definitely not their main focus, though, and a cinematic universe was definitely at least on their minds given how everyone and their dog was starting one in the early 2010s.

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