Marvel's Star Wars Comics Will Soon Expand Beyond the Realms of the Original Trilogy
When Marvel took over the rights to the Star Wars comics, the comic book giant wasted no time in announcing their first 3 series, all of which would take place within the timeline of the original Star Wars cinematic trilogy. For many, this felt like something of a step backwards after Dark Horse Comics had spent years exploring a fascinating wider universe, but now Marvel Editor, Jordan B. White, has announced that fans seeking Marvel titles from further afield in the Star Wars universe will not be disappointed.
Speaking to the Coffee With Kenobi podcast, White said ""That is one of the great parts about Star Wars, there are so many terrific points in their history we can explore. With these first series, we wanted to stick all in the same era in order to create the sort of inter-connected universe feel we get between Marvel books, but I am certain we're going to be turning to those other eras in future series. Heck - I know for a fact we're working on at least one of those … but we're not ready to announce it just yet."
It's only logical of course. Star Wars: Episode VII will take fans into new areas of the Star Wars universe, while the spin-off movies will expand on already established areas, allowing for plenty of scope for the comic books to spread their wings. And in many ways, the new Stars Wars titles will be one of Marvel's greatest challenges in years. Dark Horse did an incredible job of digging deeper into established timelines while also building entirely new (and brilliant) arcs for fans to explore. But Marvel is starting from scratch, and it makes absolute sense to use the original trilogy as a jumping off point for future explorations.
So what will these first stepping stones look like? Earlier in the interview, White had this to say about the upcoming releases.
"Luke is a new hero still finding his way. Han has just turned from 'scoundreldom' to the rebellion. Leia has just lost her planet and is coming into her own. Vader is the biggest bad guy out there and on their trail," said White before adding "There is something that seemed right to kick things off where it all began. It seemed like the best place to launch."
Unfortunately the first Marvel product, "Star Wars" isn't released until January 2015, but if White is teasing future titles already, more news can probably be expected before the year is out.