In honor of Christmas, we've got some Star Wars gifts to deliver in the form of exciting updates from the galaxy far, far away! Jon Favreau is dropping hints about his upcoming Disney+ series, Disney Parks released another look at Galaxy's Edge, and two Marvel comics are building out the sci-fi mythos like never before.
Punch it into hyperspace and check out our Star Wars roundup!
Like we said, Mr. Favreau loves to tease us about his soon-to-be-released Western adventure TV show set in the Outer Rim, The Mandalorian. Pedro Pascal (Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Wonder Woman 1984) is playing the titular character, a heavily armored/weapon-clad bounty hunter from the planet of Mandalore, the home of Jango Fett.
Thanks to a special Christmas Instagram post from Favreau, we may be seeing a familiar face from the original trilogy. That would be IG-88, the bounty-hunting droid hired by Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back to find the Millennium Falcon.
"Merry Christmas!" Favreau wrote in the cryptic post.
Co-starring Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, and Werner Herzog, The Mandalorian will be set after Return of the Jedi, but before The Force Awakens. Directors like Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) and Bryce Dallas Howard (Black Mirror) will helm episodes of the show, while Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther) is slated to score the music.
It is expected to debut not long after the arrival of Disney+ (Disney's own subscription streaming service) in 2019.
Hosted by two Disney Park and Lucasfilm executives, we get a very exciting walkthrough of the park's two biggest rides: Smuggler's Run, which allows patrons to ride in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon; and Rise of the Resistance, which brings guests face to face with Kylo Ren.
"It will be jaw-dropping and incredibly emotional to walk into the land for the first time—to actually be standing there amongst the buildings, amongst the ships and have this feeling that it is all real," says VP of Lucasfilm Story Group Carrie Beck.
Watch the behind-the-scenes video below:
Featuring original music from John Williams, Galaxy's Edge arrives in Disneyland and Disney World in the summer and fall of 2019, respectively.
Last on today's galactic news roundup are two big pieces of worldbuilding done by two separate Star Wars comics published by Marvel.
The first involves the major reveal of Anakin Skywalker's "father." In the 25th and final issue of Charles Soule's Darth Vader series, we discover that Darth Sidious (aka Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine) manipulated the midichlorians to place a baby in Shmi Skywalker's uterus.
In Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Shmi (Pernilla August) tells Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) that Anakin has no father. Qui-Gon concludes that Anakin was born out of the midichlorians alone, implying that the boy is the Jedi equivalent of Jesus.
Not only does Issue #25 (illustrated by Giuseppe Camuncoli) confirm this to be true, it also drops the bombshell that it was all faciliated by Palpatine from the beginning. Moreover, it proves that the Sith Lord (Ian McDiarmid) was telling the truth to Anakin (Hayden Christensen) at the bubble/light show in Revenge of the Sith when he said that the midichlorians could be used to create life.
The second comic is Solo: A Star Wars Story #3, by Robbie Thompson, which fills us in on what Qi'ra was up to once Han left Corellia as a young man.
Apprehended by Moloch (a thug of Lady Proxima) at the Corellian spaceport before she could escape with Han, Qi'ra (played by Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke in the film). Years after, Han meets up with her, now a trusted advisor to the Crimson Dawn crime boss, Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany).
Thompson (with art from Will Sliney) reveals that before Qi'ra joined one of the galaxy's most feared crime syndicates, she was sold to the slave trader Sarkin Enneb, after Lady Proxima realized Qi'ra had become too big of a problem. In turn, Enneb sold her over to Vos, who personally trained her to give up the ways of the White Worms' street urchins.
By the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Qi'ra murders Vos to save her first love, Han (Alden Ehrenreich). While she blames the kill on Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), her true employer, Darth Maul (body: Ray Park; voice: Sam Witwer), revealed to have survived his encounter with Obi-Wan Kenobi all those years ago, is not pleased in the slightest. Instead of meeting up with Han and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) as she promised, Qi'ra sets a course for Maul's home planet of Dathomir for debriefing.