Building an entire theme park land based on the wildly popular Star Wars franchise might seem like a sure thing, but Disney's actually taking a huge risk with Galaxy's Edge.
These new lands at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World will not include Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, or Han Solo. There will be no Darth Vader, no Emperor. You won't be able to visit the Death Star, Tatooine, or Coruscant. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will be an all-new experience on an all-new planet in the Star Wars universe, in which you — the visitor — play the starring role.
Sounds cool, right? I am sure it does to many theme park fans. But Disney is running a real risk that many casual Star Wars fans — who will come to the land expecting familiar characters, settings, and experiences — will walk away disappointed by their absence.
So Disney is using its media power to start bringing fans up to speed on the happenings at Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu, the setting of the Galaxy's Edge lands. Disney, through its StarWars.com website, announced today that it will publish a new Marvel Comics series setting up the land — with the series titled, appropriately enough, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
"Readers of the five-issue miniseries will be the first to meet the infamous Dok-Ondar, the Ithorian collector of rare antiquities, and find out what happens when the First Order reaches the edge of wild space. The key to saving this lawless outpost might just involve a job pulled long ago by none other than Han Solo and his cohort Chewbacca."
My first thought is that Disney just went to the "collector of rare antiquities" role two years ago with Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! And my second is that the "job pulled long ago by none other than Han Solo and his cohort Chewbacca" line appears to be a reference to the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run ride, in which teams of six visitors will pilot the Millennium Falcon on a mission under orders from Chewbacca and pirate Hondo Ohnaka. Is that Smuggler's Run — maybe the "job pulled long ago" — the famous Kessel Run, finally depicted in last year's Solo? Or is it another one of what surely must have been many other jobs run over the years by Han and Chewie?
"Our series will give fans the chance to visit Black Spire Outpost months ahead of voyaging to Batuu in person," series writer Ethan Sacks told StarWars.com. "Armed with top-secret sketches and information from Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm, we are keeping this authentic to the spirit of this rich new setting."
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens in June at the Disneyland Resort in California and sometime this fall at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. The comics should be on sale in stores soon.Tweet
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