Bounty Hunter Cad Bane gets his own cool Star Wars poster and official image stills for the latest episode of The Book of Boba Fett with Chapter 6. “Tatooine belongs to the Syndicate,” quotes the official series Twitter account. Cad Bane arrives on the scene as a result of Timothy Olyphant’s The Marshal killing members of …
Dave Filoni comes through HUGE for Star Wars fans with Wednesday’s release of The Book of Boba Fett Chapter 6 on the Disney Plus streaming service. The episode follows last week’s awesome episode and is even better, as numerous fan-favorite characters return and a major new one is introduced, all thanks to Dave Filoni who …
Check out Star Wars concept art below for The Book of Boba Fett Chapter 6 on Disney Plus which features a lot of spoiler fan-favorite characters. The episode features the return of Luke Skywalker along with Grogu, aka Baby Yoda; Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano, and a surprise appearance by one of the most badass …
According to a new rumor, it sounds as if the Disney Plus Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi series has basically dropped Luke Skywalker in favor of having Princess Leia as a focus of the plot of the show. In Star Wars lore, following Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan Kenobi takes the baby Luke to Tatooine to …
Disney announces the Luke Skywalker episode of The Mandalorian will be the focus of its upcoming episode of the Disney Gallery special. “The story of the cutting-edge technology used to bring Luke back is the subject of a special extra episode of Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian, debuting August 25 on Disney+,” announced Disney. …
The Mandalorian Season 2 finale is now available to watch on Disney Plus which is a doozy of an episode. If you happen to read this before watching the episode, stop right now and go watch it! And also AVOID social media at all costs as spoilers are everywhere. Below you can check out Twitter …
In addition to the look at Luke Skywalker that accompanied the Anakin Skywalker Force Ghost concept art for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, check out two new images of Luke with a Samurai look to him.
More than likely these come from the Art Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens book, too.
By Ken Porter
Star Wars #1
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: John Cassaday
Between a Hope and the Empire
Star Wars is a film series I’ve watched so many times that it’s a part of my DNA. Everyone has their favorite film (mine’s The Empire Strikes Back), but even bigger than the movies are the expanded universe. These stories span video games, novels, and comics that have captured our imagination for decades. While Dark Horse Comics has held the license for Star Wars for years, Marvel now has the property again and are doing their own narrative between Episode IV and Episode V.
So how is it?
It’s like discovering an old classic you never knew existed.
Not just blaster fodder
One of the challenges that Aaron and Cassaday had when going into this series was to tread new ground that the movies or the Dark Horse comics hadn’t done before. While Dark Horse did have it’s own series set in the same time frame written by Brian Wood and drawn by Chris D’Anda, this series by Marvel goes in a completely different direction in terms of setting and tone. Both series are equally good for different reasons, but we’ll focus on the Marvel series for now.
Aaron writes Luke, Leia, Han, and the Imperials as if their dialogue was taken from audio transcripts of the movies. Everyone feels the way they should, and each character gets a cool moment to shine.
One moment in particular is with Luke and his lightsaber, but I won’t spoil it for anyone that hasn’t read the issue yet.
Why it’s a great alternative
Star Wars is a franchise that can be explored in just about any medium. The comics are a place where you can go and spend time with some of your favorite characters who don’t wear spandex, capes, or domino masks. It’s a great alternative for someone who wants to read about characters they love but don’t have anything to do with the DC or Marvel Universe.
Who would like Marvel’s Star Wars?
I’m hesitant to say everyone, just because of the reach that Star Wars has with fans, but I will say people who enjoy the original trilogy will like this the most. If you enjoyed the Dark Horse run on Star Wars then it’s worth giving Marvel’s new take a try. Although someone very famous once said “do or do not, there is no try.”
Ken Porter also writes comic books including “Ink Ribbon” from Visionary Comics. Ken was also the winner of last year’s Top Cow Talent Search contest and was recently published in “Artifacts” #33.
No rummaging in long boxes to find out about this character. You know him, I know him. But since everyone in movies and comics is discussing his franchise now, what the heck!
Luke Skywalker, a come-to-comics-from-film favorite, was intro’d in the 1977 film Star Wars. Luke’s character represents the hero archetype who is the young man, called to adventure, the hero going out facing the trials and ordeals, and coming back after his victory with a boon for the community.
Luke Skywalker lives a humdrum existence as a moisture farmer on Tatooune with his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru that have kept his father’s true history a secret from him. He initially wants to join the ImperialAcademyto become a pilot with his childhood friend Biggs Darklighter, but is held back by his uncle who ostensibly needs his help on the moisture farm (while it was to hopefully prevent Luke from following his father’s path).
He takes his first steps toward his destiny when he finds the two droids C-3PO and R2-D2. After delivering R2-D2’s message to hermit Ben Kenobi, Ben tells Luke that his father was a Jedi and presents him with his father’s lightsaber and then tells him that his father was murdered by a traitorous Jedi. Ben offers to take Luke to the planet Alderaan and train him in the ways of the Force, but Luke rejects his offer.
However, Luke changes his mind when he discovers his aunt and uncle have been killed by Imperial stormtroopers. He and Ben obtain passage with the smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca on their Millennium Falcon ship, only to find that Alderaan has been destroyed by the Death Star (the Empire’s new superweapon). Luke and the group sneak onto the Death Star and rescues Princess Leia Organa (James Bond homage? lol); as they are escaping, Ben sacrifices himself.
Three years later in The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker is now a lieutenant commander in the Rebel Alliance and in command of a fighter squadron.
While on a mission on the ice planet Hoth, he is nearly killed by a Wampa but escapes with the help of the Force and his lightsaber. In the frozen wasteland, he sees Ben Kenobi’s spirit telling him to travel to the planet Dagobah and complete his training under the exiled Yoda then is rescued by Han Solo. When the Empire discovers the Rebel base on Hoth, Luke leads his squadron to cover the evacuation. In the battle, Luke, after being shot down, is able to bring down one of the Empire’s massive AT-ATs single-handedly.
Escaping Hoth in his X-wing, he travels to Dagobah instead of regrouping with the Alliance. There, he meets Yoda and undergoes rigorous Jedi training, quickly increasing his power in the Force. However, he is warned that the Force is a double-edged sword; its dark side is seductive and could corrupt him into an agent of evil if he gives into his anger and aggression.
His training is interrupted by a vision of his friends in pain. Against Ben’s and Yoda’s advice, he travels to CloudCityto save them, only to be lured into a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader. As his mentors warned, Luke proves to be no match for Vader and his nemesis severs his right hand, causing Luke to lose his father’s weapon.
Vader offers him the chance to turn to the dark side of the Force and rule the galaxy at his father’s side. Horrified by this unexpected claim and the powerful temptation before him, Luke chooses to die rather than be corrupted and throws himself into a deep reactor chasm. However, he is sucked into a garbage chute to the underside of CloudCityand left hanging onto a weather vane. Leia, flying away from CloudCityin the Millennium Falcon, senses Luke’s peril and turns the ship around to save him. Aboard the medical ship after rejoining the rebel fleet, Luke’s missing hand is replaced with a prosthetic one.
One year later in Return of the Jedi, Luke is now a Jedi Knight and has constructed his own lightsaber.
He helps Leia, the droids C-3PO and R2-D2, and Lando Calrissian save Han Solo from gangster Jabba the Hutt. Luke offers to negotiate with Jabba, but instead is forced to fight a fearsome monster known as the Rancor. When Luke kills it, Jabba sentences him to be thrown into the Pit of Carkoon to be eaten by the Sarlacc. Luke escapes with R2-D2’s help, saving his friends and destroying Jabba’s barge with the aid of his new lightsaber.
During his return trip to Dagobah, Luke learns from Yoda that Darth Vader is indeed his father, and from Ben Kenobi’s spirit that he has a twin, which Luke immediately realizes is Leia. Ben warns him that his instincts “Do him credit, but could be made to serve the Emperor”. Yoda tells Luke that although he requires no further training, he will not truly be a Jedi until he confronts his father. Luke insists that there is still good left in Vader, and pledges to bring him back from the dark side. Ben, however, believes that Vader has completely consumed Luke’s father, and must be destroyed in order to defeat the Empire.
Arriving on Endor as part of a Rebel commando squad, Luke surrenders to Vader in an attempt to bring his father back from the dark side of the Force. Vader rebuffs his entreaties and brings Luke to the second Death Star in orbit around Endor. The Emperor attempts to turn Luke to the dark side with promises to save his friends from certain death. When that fails, the Emperor goads Luke to strike him down to save the Rebels’s losing battle with the Empire and over the forest moon of Endor. Luke momentarily lashes out in anger but Vader blocks his strike, and father and son face each other again in a final duel.
Luke keeps his emotions under control until Vader senses Luke’s feelings for his sister and threatens to turn her instead. At this threat, Luke snaps and attacks with full fury. Vader loses ground as Luke lands blow after blow; Luke knocks Vader to the ground and severs his father’s mechanical right hand, in a reversal of the battle from the previous film. With the Emperor ordering Luke to strike Vader down and take his place, Luke glances at his own bionic hand and realizes he is on the verge of suffering his father’s fate. Luke regains composure, deactivates his lightsaber and throws it away, proudly declaring his allegiance to the Jedi.
Enraged, the Emperor attacks Luke with Force lightning, nearly killing him. When Luke calls out to Vader for help, his father becomes Anakin Skywalker once again then seizes and throws the Emperor to his death down a reactor shaft but is mortally wounded by the Emperor’s lightning in the process. As Rebel fighters race toward the Death Star’s main reactor, Luke removes Vader’s mask and looks upon Anakin’s eyes for the first time. Anakin assures Luke that there is good in him after all before his redeemed father dies.
On Endor, Luke burns his father’s armor on a funeral pyre (a Jedi tradition). During the Rebels’ victory celebration, Luke sees the smiling spirits of Ben, Yoda and Anakin, all together.
There has been another trilogy with another on the way, as well as comics and novels galore.
Above is who Luke Skywalker is. It will be interesting to now see who he will be!
Recently it came out that Ryan Gosling was being eyed for a starring role in Star Wars: Episode VII with the actor rumored for the son of Luke Skywalker.
However, it’s said to be not true as Ryan Gosling’s reps came out and shot it down.
“This is not true,” Gosling’s reps responded to the Huffinton Post in an e-mail about the Star Wars: Episode VII rumor.
HP also reports that the same rumor included mention that Zac Effron is a possibility for Star Wars: Episode VII as well, and even that Leonardo DiCaprio is up for a Robotech movie.
More than likely those rumors are off as well.
Another Star Wars: Episode VII rumor that turned out to be not true was mention that J.J. Abrams was bailing on the movie, which isn’t the case.
Regarding Ryan Gosling, he happens to be a fan favorite to play the new Batman for Warner Bros. as he is topping everyone’s list; if anything, all this attention shows the actor happens to be in hot demand.
Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date directed by J.J. Abrams.
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Exclusive: Star Wars Darth Maul Spin-Off Movie Being Considered With Ewan McGregor and Luke Skywalker
Previously, our source let us in on a possible storyline for Star Wars Episode VII involving a disciple of Palpatine and the Skywalker/Solo children.
This time, the news is said to involve a Star Wars spin-off movie taking place between Episode III and IV.
Our source notes that the Lucasfilm friend who provided the information said the idea is being tossed around.
• Set between Star Wars Episode III and Episode IV.
• Said to feature Ewan McGregor reprising the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in his exile on Tatooine.
• The villain? Darth Maul hunting down his nemesis with a possible plot point involving a 5-year-old Luke Skywalker somehow tied into the story possibly as bait for Obi-Wan.
Again, our source notes nothing is set in stone and things for the Star Wars spin-offs are obviously in an early stage of development.
Our source previously provided us information on the first news about theMan of Steel spearheading a DC shared universe, the first news about the Justice League 2015 film and Batman 2016 reboot as well as some scenes from both the Green Lantern movie and the new Superman movie, and more.
Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date directed by J.J. Abrams.
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A bunch of rumors regarding the new Star Wars movies have hit the web from an apparent source that told about the new movies three years ago.
Included in the rumors is mention of what has already come out in the past couple days, but some new details surface as well.
The website MarketSaw posted a lengthy “e-mail” from a source that might or might not know a few things.
Just glancing at it, the source says Disney will restore the original Star Wars movies and that it is a “no-brainer,” however, there is just one problem with that and that is Fox Studios still owns the rights to the original Star Wars movies.
Regardless what’s what, we can still have some fun.
Here are a few details:
• Luke Skywalker is the primary focus, as are many of the original cast (note: Mark Hamill earlier revealed that he and Carrie Fisher were contacted by George Lucas about additional Star Wars movies)
• The tone of the new Star Wars Trilogy (set for 2015, 2017, 2019) will be more inline with the original
• The Star Wars TV show is still a go and look for test footage and shots to be released
• Two trilogies are planned with the second trilogy focusing on a female protagonist to be featured in the second trilogy named Skywalker
• A few names being thrown around to direct include: Steven Speilberg, Neil Blomkamp, Alfonso Cuarón, Matthew Vaughn, Darren Arnofsky
• Joss Whedon is mentioned as possibly directing further down the line
Will The Avengers 2 Be Like Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back? “Not The Happy Ending” Says Joss Whedon
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3004:]]We previously heard from Joss Whedon about his thoughts on the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie and director James Gunn, and now coming out of the Toronto Film Festival, the billion-dollar-plus director comments on The Avengers 2.
Whedon’s The Avengers movie has already amassed $1.6 billion – and climbing – as audiences saw the Assemblers come together for the first time with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye assembling against the likes of Loki and his alien army.
So with The Avengers 2, where will Joss Whedon be taking his Avengers? The director offers a few comments on the upcoming sequel, which almost sounds as if Part 2 will not be getting the happy ending audiences saw with the first — perhaps reminiscent of Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back.
Joss Whedon notes that as audiences saw with the first movie – a happy ending with the creation of the Avengers – that doesn’t mean that’s going to continue with the The Avengers 2, as that’s only the start.
“The creation of the team is not the happy ending,” Whedon said, reports Vancouver’s 24H. “It is the beginning of something that is complex and difficult.”
Joss Whedon goes on stating he is going to further explore the characters in The Avengers 2, but says that in doing so he’s going to “twist the knife.”
“Now I get to dig a little deeper. And maybe, while I’m digging, just twist that knife. And that’s exciting for me,” Whedon said.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3005:]]As Star Wars fans will note, Luke “saved the day” at the end of Episode 4 by firing the shot that destroyed the Death Star, but Empire Strikes Back saw – just as the title implies – Luke defeated at the hands of Darth Vader, his father, as well as Han Solo captured and encased in carbonite by the likes of Jabba the Hut.
The Star Wars comparison to Joss Whedon’s The Avengers would be Tony Stark “firing the shot” that sealed the portal, so what will Whedon’s “Empire Strikes Back” look like?
Will one of the Avengers meet their doom or will the Avengers find themselves disassembled?
The Avengers 2 assembles May 1, 2015 with Iron Man 3 on May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, and the Guardians of the Galaxy movie on August 1, 2014.
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