Jon Favreau is making his own Disney+ Star Wars saga

Jon Favreau is making his own Disney+ Star Wars saga

Jon Favreau’s addition to Star Wars franchise on Disney+ has been nothing short of groundbreaking. He brought the first live action Star Wars series to life and was met with very positive reviews from fans and critics alike. Favreau not only brought great storytelling to television screens, but also created new technologies, such as the huge LED screen known as The Volume, which makes Star Wars stories possible to tell on a budget suitable for television. Since The Mandalorianhis debut in 2019, Favreau has ushered in new Star Wars series with more in development.

With the Skywalker Saga ending with Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, that the galaxy far, far away is ready for a bold new overarching story for the next generation of fans. Favreau has chosen the era immediately after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, which is the perfect place for this next chapter to unfold as there is little canon regarding this period. As this iconic franchise enters 2023, Favreau’s history now includes two seasons of The Mandaloriana season off The Book of Boba Fett and the long-awaited Ahsoka. Favreau is building his own Star Wars saga through the use of world-building, crossovers and the ultimate villain: Grand Admiral Thrawn.

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Favreau creates a new corner of Star Wars

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One of the greatest strengths of Star Wars franchise is its incredible world-building. Back in 1977, audiences were impressed by the new fictional world George Lucas had created. In what could easily have been a cheesy, overly complicated mess of a movie, Lucas crafted a mythology that was not only entertaining, but deep and rich, with every shot packed to the brim with fascinating characters and backstories. When tasked with creating the next chapter in the story, writer/director/executive producer Jon Favreau took a similar approach.

From the start, the audience is let into the world of the bounty hunt. Introduced through Carl Weathers Greef Karga, the Bounty Hunting Guild is an incredible way to establish world-building across multiple shows, as it’s an organization that utilizes interesting characters from across the galaxy. In the past, bounty hunters were depicted as ruthless mercenaries who would do whatever it took to capture their quarry. The Mandalorian, but takes a more nuanced approach, exploring the motivations of these characters and their place in the galaxy. Favreau uses the various bounty hunters to create a cinematic through line between The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett.

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The Book of Boba Fett is a Marvel-style crossover

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In addition to Pedro Pascal’s armored anti-hero, Favreau also worked closely with director Robert Rodriguez to expand on the fan-favorite character Boba Fett on The Book of Boba Fett. In this series, Fett becomes much more than a bounty hunter, and no longer lives in his father’s shadow. With crime lord Jabba the Hutt now dead, Boba Fett takes over his palace and the vast criminal network the Hutt controlled. Expanding on Fett’s character isn’t the only way Favreau is connecting the shows, though.

IN The Book of Boba Fett, Season 1 Episode 5 “Return of The Mandalorian” viewers see none other than Pedro Pascal reprise his role, picking up right where Season 2 of The Mandalorian ended. Audiences see crucial development with this character, even though it’s primarily Boba Fett’s show. Mando embarks on a journey to visit his friend Grogu, whom he has missed deeply. The Mandalorian isn’t the only character to get this crossover treatment, as Ahsoka Tano is also in the show. IN The Book of Boba Fett, Season 1, Episode 6, “From the Desert Comes a Stranger”, Ahsoka visits Luke Skywalker to check in on Grogus’ Jedi training. She talks to Skywalker about Grogu, but more importantly, she leaves towards the end of the episode to embark on her own, unknown adventure.

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Ahsoka will introduce the Saga’s Big Bad

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The third chapter in this saga, Ahsoka, has not yet been released. It is expected to follow the former Jedi’s journey after The Clone Wars and finally reveal what she has been up to since the end of the war. IN the mandalorian, Season 2, Episode 5, “The Jedi,” Ahsoka is on the hunt for none other than Grand Admiral Thrawn, a fan-favorite character from Legends who was brought back to canon on Star Wars Rebels. If the Grand Admiral appears Ahsokahe will likely be an incredible threat as his superior military strategies and capabilities plagued the Rebel Alliance in the past.

Ahsoka will most likely need help dealing with this threat, which is where Favreau’s incredible world-building comes into play. Characters like Din Djarin and Boba Fett can easily be brought in to help Ahsoka face this new threat. Thrawn will likely focus on using the remaining forces of the Empire to regain his rightful glory, and a former Jedi will not be enough to stop him. The stage would now be set for a crossover saga like those Star Wars franchise never seen before, similar to Marvel Studios’ Infinity Saga.

Jon Favreau’s work with The Mandalorian, Book of Boba Fett and the coming Ahsoka the series has created a common plot that has captivated a new generation of Star Wars fans. His creative use of world building, in the spirit of the original Star Wars movies, has carved out a rich period in the timeline that was quite barren before. When this new saga is complete, it will surely go down as one of the most epic battles in the galaxy.

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