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Star Wars

Created by
George Lucas
First Film
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Latest Film
Star Wars: Episode XI - The Rise of Skywalker


Created by George Lucas, Star Wars began in 1977 with the then-eponymous film that would later be retitled Episode IV: A New Hope. The original Star Wars trilogy centered on Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa, who helped lead the Rebel Alliance to victory over the tyrannous Galactic Empire. This Empire was overseen by Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine, who was aided by the cybernetic menace known as Darth Vader. In 1999, Lucas returned to Star Wars with a prequel trilogy that explored how Luke’s father Anakin Skywalker became a Jedi and eventually succumbed to the dark side of the Force. This, of course, is what led him to become the aforementioned Darth Vader. Lucas would sell Lucasfilm and Star Wars to The Walt Disney Company in 2012, and two years later, Disney declared the entire Expanded Universe – consisting of novels, comic books, video games and more – non-canon. The new era of Star Wars canon was bolstered by the sequel trilogy, which kicked off in 2015 with The Force Awakens. This trilogy saw a new generation of heroes band together to take down the First Order, an Empire-like regime that rose from the ashes of Palpatine’s original Empire. The faction was led by Supreme Leader Snoke and later Kylo Ren, the son of Han and Leia and the grandson of Darth Vader. Outside of the prequel, original and sequel trilogies, Disney experimented with Star Wars anthology films such as Rogue One and Solo. When Disney+ launched in 2019, the company also expanded into live-action television with The Mandalorian, which paved the way for The Book of Boba Fett, Ahsoka, Andor and more. The streaming service also housed the revival of The Clone Wars for its final season and a spinoff called The Bad Batch. As for the Expanded Universe, while those stories are no longer canon, fans can still revisit them under the Star Wars Legends banner.


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Star Wars: Why Didn't Darth Vader Sense Leia Was His Daughter?

In A New Hope, Darth Vader has no idea Leia is his daughter, a plot hole the Star Wars tie-in comics and novels have provided justification for.

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Star Wars Confirms Yoda Turned to the Dark Side - and Almost Became the Most Powerful Sith Lord

With the aid of Count Dooku, Yoda could have potentially destroyed the universe if he had gone to the dark side in Star Wars.

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15 Best Darth Vader Comics In Marvel & Dark Horse, Ranked

Darth Vader is one of the most iconic characters in Star Wars, and he has several excellent comic book storylines across Marvel and Dark Horse.

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Star Wars Confirms The Fate of an Ahsoka Character Close to Sabine

Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren are stranded on Peridea in a galaxy far, far away, but a lo-fi video reveals the fate of a character close to Sabine.

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Star Wars: Yoda Gave Up After His Fight With Palpatine, Here's Why

After failing to defeat Palpatine, Yoda goes into exile for the rest of Star Wars. But why did he seemingly give up and never help the Rebellion?

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The Last Shot of the Ahsoka Finale Is Not Fan Service

Some critics of the Ahsoka series on Disney+ say the show relied too much on fan service, especially in the last shot of the finale. That's not true.

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How a Simple Typo Created One of Star Wars' Iconic Jedi Masters

In Star Wars canon, the Clone Wars began with the actions of a mysterious Jedi Master. But if not for a typo, that Jedi might have never existed.

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10 Most Iconic Star Wars Catchphrases

There were many memorable quotes in the Star Wars universe, with some sayings becoming iconic catchphrases for fan-favorite characters.

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Star Wars: A Dark Side Cult Proved The Sith Are Vital To The Galaxy's Survival

Recent Star Wars media has illustrated just how vital the Sith are to the galaxy through the actions of a dark side cult.

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The 35 Best Movies of All Time, Ranked

Cinema's greatest films combine artistry with lasting popular influence. Here are 35 movies that perfectly balance both sides of that equation.

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Why George Lucas Removed Star Wars' Strangest Jedi Master

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace introduced a slew of new Jedi, yet one member of the Jedi Council had to be removed out of fear of confusing audiences.

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Huyang Fixed Star Wars' Major Droid Problem

C-3PO set a problematic standard for Star Wars' comic relief droids, but Huyang proved that droids can be more complex characters.

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The Clone Wars’ Most Devious Droid Squadron Is Making A Comeback

With a new threat stirring in the Star Wars galaxy, the newly reformed D-Squad is proving just how important droids are to the franchise.

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One Star Wars Jedi Has Been Killed Four Separate Times

The majority of Star Wars' Jedi have met a grim end, yet none have died as often as Jedi Master Shaak Ti, who has a quartet of on-screen deaths.

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REVIEW: Marvel's Star Wars: The High Republic - Shadows of Starlight #1

Marvel's Star Wars: The High Republic - Shadows of Starlight #1 uses excellent artwork and strong storytelling to examine the Jedi in crisis mode.

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20 Strongest Lightsaber Users In Star Wars, Ranked

Lightsabers are Star Wars' signature weapon for the Jedi and Sith, but some lightsaber wielders quickly prove themselves masters in combat.

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Star Wars: Sith Luke & Obi-Wan Are Cool - But Darth Mace Windu Is NEXT LEVEL

The concept art for Darth Mace Windu in the scrapped Star Wars video game, Battlefront 4, revealed how epic the character could have been as a Sith.

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These Ahsoka Villains Got Their Start in Legends

Ahsoka may have been the live-action debut of this fan-favorite dark side culture, but they actually got their start years ago in the Legends novels.

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How Star Wars, The Expanse and The Wheel of Time Successfully Blend Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Star Wars paved the way for sci-fi and fantasy to mix. The Expanse and The Wheel of Time are examples of it happening.

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Star Wars Legends Stories Would Thrive as Disney+ Animated Shows

The Star Wars franchise is brimming with possibilities for TV series, and the brand's Legends offerings would make for great animated Disney+ shows.

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