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ray_afraid said:

Also, is it stated in the movies (OT) that the Empire is drafting people? I kinda figured it was indoctrination and the lure of the darkside.

BIGGS: I know it’s a long shot, but if I don’t find them I’ll do what I can on my own… It’s what we always talked about. Luke, I’m not going to wait for the Empire to draft me into service. The Rebellion is spreading and I want to be on the right side – the side I believe in.

LUKE: Well, I’ll be at the Academy next season… after that who knows. I won’t be drafted into the Imperial Starfleet that’s for sure… Take care of yourself, you’ll always be the best friend I’ve got.

As an aside, this convo with Luke completely dispels the EU misconception that Luke was joining an Imperial Academy. Why would Biggs and Luke be worried about being drafted into the Empire if they were already signing up? On the contrary, it points to the Academy either being part of a local municipality or the equivalent of a trucker school. Just one of those things that the EU got wrong that has always bugged me.

The Mandalorian - Star Wars Live action TV series

I didn’t think about this before but they do already have a live action Hondo costume. There’s a video briefing by Hondo on the Millenium Falcon ride right before you enter the cockpit, where instead of an animatronic, Hondo is played by an actor in makeup and costume. It could be they borrowed it from The Mandalorian.

Oh, just found some video of Hondo appearing in person in the park.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe

New series announcements coming out D23!

Jumping from the pages of Marvel Comics, Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel will enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Marvel Studios’ Ms. Marvel exclusively on Disney+!

For years in the pages of Marvel Comics, struggling with multiple personalities and amoral inclinations, Marc Spector fights on against all odds as the cloaked avenger Moon Knight! We’ll see what adventures come on Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight!

In the comics, lawyer Jennifer Walters was transformed into a Gamma-powered Super Hero thanks to her cousin Bruce Banner, and backs up her sensational strength with her savage wit and confidence as She-Hulk! We’ll see how her story unfolds on Marvel Studios’ She-Hulk, streaming exclusively on Disney+.


The Mandalorian - Star Wars Live action TV series

I’ve seen the feel of it compared to RO a few times now. Here’s a quote straight from the man about the kind of vibe he’s going for with the series:

Jon Favreau said:

If you notice, there’s a certain look that the Mandalorian lead character has, there’s a size that the spaceship is, there’s a scale that lines up with the Original Trilogy. I’m trying to evoke the aesthetics of not just the Original Trilogy but the first film. Not just the first film but the first act of the first film. What was it like on Tatooine? What was going on in that cantina? That has fascinated me since I was a child, and I love the idea of the darker, freakier side of Star Wars, the Mad Max aspect of Star Wars.

That said, this is EXACTLY what I’ve wanted from new Star Wars!


SomethingStarWarsRelated said:

Even with the falcon using lightspeed it’s still portrayed as taking some time to get bespin…imo.

The Falcon’s hyperdrive was offline on their way to Bespin. That’s the reason they went there.

Going back to the original Star Wars. After they discover the remains of Alderaan they encounter a Tie Fighter. At first Luke thinks it followed them from Tatooine but Old Ben reassures him that Ties are short range fighters. Which insinuates that there are long range fighters.

And as has already been pointed out, Luke jumps from Hoth to Dagobah and then from Dagobah to Bespin all in the Empire Strikes Back.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Wow! HUGE news over the weekend. Let’s break this down:

Marvel Studios’ Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson reprising her MCU role. She will be joined by David Harbour as Alexei AKA The Red Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena, O-T Fagbenle as Mason, and Rachel Weisz as Melina. Cate Shortland is directing. Marvel Studios’ Black Widow will come to theaters May 1, 2020.

Next up was the first show coming exclusively to Disney+, Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier! Anthony Mackie (The Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier) came on stage to greet the fans, and it was revealed that Daniel Brühl will return as the villain, Baron Zemo. Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will come to Disney+ in the fall of 2020.

Marvel Studios’ The Eternals starring Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, and Angelina Jolie as Thena. The Eternals, which will be directed by Chloé Zhao, will come to theaters November 6, 2020.

Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings starring Simu Liu in the title role. Appearing alongside Liu will be Awkwafina in an undisclosed role and Tony Leung as the (real) Mandarin. Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. In theaters February 12, 2021.

Marvel Studio’s WandaVision, an original series starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, reprising their MCU roles as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Vision. Costarring with them is Teyonah Parris, whom Feige revealed would be playing the adult Monica Rambeau, who was introduced as a child in Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel. Marvel Studios’ WandaVision will arrive on Disney+ in the spring of 2021.

Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange with Scott Derrickson returning as director. But joining Doctor Strange this time around will be the Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen. In another twist, the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will connect with the Disney+ series Marvel Studios’ WandaVision. Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will cast its spell in theaters May 7, 2021.

The MCU’s favorite trickster Loki will also make his way to Disney+! Marvel Studios’ Loki, an original series starring Tom Hiddleston, will see the god of mischief causing even more trouble starting in the spring of 2021.

Marvel Studios’ What If…?, the first animated series in the MCU, will star Jeffrey Wright as the voice of The Watcher – many actors from across the MCU will reprise their roles as voice talent. What If…? will present alternate realities in the Marvel Universe that are set to warp your world in the summer of 2021, exclusively on Disney+.

Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye starring Jeremy Renner, who joined Kevin Feige onstage share more details about the show, which will introduce Kate Bishop, who has been hitting her mark in Marvel Comics. Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye will come to Disney+ in the fall of 2021.

Natalie Portman will return for Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder, joining stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. Taika Waititi returns as director, and he confirmed that Jane Foster will become the Mighty Thor, goddess of Thunder. Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder will arrive in theaters November 5, 2021.


Summary of Phase 4 (2020-2021):

  • Black Widow
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (D+)
  • The Eternals
  • Shang-Chi The Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Wandavision (D+)
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  • Loki (D+)
  • What if…? (D+)
  • hawkeye (D+)

Also teased for Phase 5:

  • Black Panther 2
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
  • Captain Marvel 2
  • Fantastic Four
The original Marvel Star Wars series

ZkinandBonez said:

I haven’t actually been able to find out exactly when this comic strip was made.

screams in the void said:

according to this source , Al Williamson drew the 12 strips in 1978 and they were first published in The Art Of Al williamson book in 1983 . I also seem to remember reading that Al had some commitments to his Secret Agent X9 strip that he was doing with Archie Goodwin that prevented him from doing the original adaptation, as he was George’s first choice, and he did not feel like he could give his all to the project . When x9 ended , he was freed up to come on board for Empire . anyway , here is the link I mentioned…

The X9 commitment explanation is actually a professional courtesy cover story for some unfortunate business that happened behind the scenes. The original conceit of the daily Star Wars strip was that it was just going to be a straight adaptation of the original film. To this end, George Lucas was a huge fan of Flash Gordon and Al Williamson’s work. So they commissioned Williamson to create these 12 test strips to see how he’d handle Star Wars.

Unfortunately, there was a mix up at the Lucasfilm offices. Here’s an excerpt from an interview Williamson did where he discusses the incident:

“I was contacted to do it when the movie came out,” Williamson recalls. "I had heard that ‘Lucas loves your work,’ and I thought it was bologna, frankly. I finally got a call from somebody at Lucasfilms, saying that they wanted me to do the strip, and would I consider it? I figured ‘Why not? It sounds like a good idea.’

"I got a hold of my friend Archie Goodwin, who was a wonderful artist and terrific writer, and he adapted two weeks of the first movie. I sent it in, and didn’t hear from them, and I needed the money. I called up and got the young lady that I was dealing with said, ‘I’ll have someone get in touch with you.’ I get a call from this guy, who is absolutely insulting and yelling at me, saying ‘How dare you ask us for more money!’ He’s going on and on.

"Finally, when he stopped, I said, ‘Let’s get one thing straight: I haven’t been paid, I just want my money.’

"Then there’s this silence on the other end. ‘Oh, okay.’

“I decided then that I wasn’t going to work with these people.” Williamson laughs. “I finally got the check, and I said ‘No, I can’t do it.’ Then they got a hold of Russ [Manning], and he did a nice job. That’s what happened, but I never mentioned it to Lucasfilm, since I figured to just let it go.”

Thankfully years later they were eventually able to bring in Williamson and Goodwin to the strip after the departure of Manning. I can also post an excerpt where Williamson discusses this if anyone is interested.

It’s interesting though, George or someone in the offices must have really loved those test strips. They appear as blown up wall decoration in some behind the scenes ESB photos that are floating out there.

4K restoration on Star Wars

Rumor: The Complete Star Wars Saga Boxed Set Coming to 4K Blu-ray in 2020

Sources have reportedly told The Digital Bits that Lucasfilm will be releasing a complete boxed set of The Complete Star Wars Saga in gorgeous 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray sometime in 2020 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back. We’ve already seen a report stating 4K editions of the Original Trilogy do exist, so a 2020 release for a complete boxed set of the Skywalker saga is definitely within reason.

With the home media release of Episode IX expected to arrive sometime during the first quarter of 2020, a complete boxed set of the Skywalker saga (in both regular Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD formats) could be released basically anytime after that time period. Talk about the perfect holiday gift, right?

I was overjoyed when the OT and PT made the jump to Blu-ray back in 2011 (remember that goosebump-inducing trailer? I embedded it below for your viewing pleasure). That level of excitement from 2011 will increase tenfold when I get my hands on the saga in 4K.

“More and more, our sources are hinting that Disney and Lucasfilm are likely to release The Complete Star Wars Saga in Blu-ray/4K Ultra HD box sets next year. It makes sense for a number of reasons. First, the final film in the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, will be arriving on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K, and Digital early in 2020. That’s reportedly going to be the last such film to be released in the franchise for at least a few years, so it would make sense that they’d release a complete box set of everything to that point. Also, The Empire Strikes Back celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2020. And once Disney is done releasing all of their Marvel and Pixar product in 4K, there’s only one big franchise left untapped on the format. For all of these reasons, we think it’s likely that we’ll see these films in 4K next year. We already know that the classic trilogy has been scanned from the original negatives (new 4K masters are done and ready), and the prequels will no doubt be upsampled and digitally restored. Whether Disney and Lucasfilm would consider including the original theatrical versions of those classic films is the $24,000 question. My gut tells me to assume they won’t, at this point. Then, if they do, you can be pleasantly surprised. So take that all as a rumor for now and stay tuned for more here as it comes in.”

<em><strong>Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge</strong></em> (Disney Theme Park)

canofhumdingers said:

I doubt the helmets were made specially for the park.

Everything in the park was handmade specifically for the park. A number of the helmets in there have never even been created practically before. The Imagineers are no joke, I can easily see them digging into the LFL archives to find and use original molds if they still exist.

LexX said:

So has anyone been in the park? How’s the traffic, do you have to wait in lines all the time? I’m hoping to visit the park when it opens in Florida. 😃

This video documents what the first day with no reservations was like in GE. Whenever I end up going back I’m definitely going to make sure it’ll be on a day in the middle of week, early in the morning.