So we have just had Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was released to huge box office success and a generally positive response, though the school of thought that it actually wasn’t very good seems to be on the increase. As for me, I’m going to watch it on Blu-ray and see if it improves, because I was hugely disappointed by it at the cinema. It certainly didn’t whet my appetite for more new Star Wars films. Now we already know that the second and third episodes are on the way, but that the next film to be released in the sci-fi universe is the first standalone film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and that there may be a solo Han Solo adventure in 2015.
However, it seems that five new Star Wars films isn’t enough. A couple of weeks ago Disney chairman Bob Iger said that there would be more Star Wars on the way after Episode IX in 2019. Now, according to reports, plans are already under way for five more films after 2020. These will probably be more solo outings for characters, with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Mace Windu being mentioned as probably getting their own film. Says JJ Abrams:
“There are some really cool things being discussed. It is very exciting to see how it is being put together.”
The excitement surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens showed the on-going popularity of the universe created by George Lucas. It remains to be seen if the franchise will have the same allure in several years time. The Marvel Universe still keeps on going strong, at least commercially, so it’s quite possible.