They say you can’t have too much of a good thing. I’m not sure who “they” are because there are negative consequences to too much ice cream or pizza, both of which are good things. However, what about something like Star Wars? How much Star Wars is too much Star Wars?
Since Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, they haven’t been shy about creating new films and shows. In addition to the recent expansion of the core films and stand-alone films, Disney has several new Star Wars shows in the pipeline. These shows are reserved for Disney’s upcoming streaming service.
ALL that to say this: is this too much Star Wars? Has Star Wars become overexposed?
I could see how people could say “yes” to this question. They could argue that Disney, a for profit company, is just doing all this to (gasp) make money (how dare they!). They think Disney will just keep producing Star Wars films and shows because it’s become mainstream and is arguably at the height of its popularity.
But, I will disagree. And it’s not because I’m a huge Star Wars fan. No, this is an objective look at why the flooding of new Star Wars entertainment will not ruin the series.
Exhibits A-Z: The Marvel Universe
Marvel has been producing top of the line films for a decade now. And with a new movie coming out every 6-8 months, it is nothing short of amazing that the quality of the films has remained the same. In addition to 10 years worth of Marvel Cinematic Universe films, Marvel has multiple shows on several networks and platforms, including 5 Netflix shows, a Hulu show, 2 (now only 1) network television shows (can they bring back Agent Carter PLEASE?), and several cable shows. On top of thousands of comic books.
People don’t seem to be tired of Marvel, yet they have arguably more content for viewing than Star Wars, all of which came out in a much shorter period of time. I believe the stipulation for all the upcoming Star Wars content is that the quality remains consistent, just like it has for Marvel. As long as Disney creates entertaining and, let’s be honest, just plain good shows, there won’t be such a thing as too much Star Wars
There will be enough Star Wars out there that fans can consume as much, or as little, as they want. For example, I LOVE the MCU, but I don’t watch every Marvel show, only 3 or so. With multiple new film and streaming series, fans can watch however much they want to. To the diehard fan who needs to see every show and theorize about everything, there will be something for you. For the fans who like to casually watch and appreciate the films, there will be that option. Just because we are about to open the floodgates on new Star Wars content, doesn’t mean you need to watch it all to be a true fan or to understand how every show or movie fits together in the far, far away galaxy.
Personally, I am very excited for all upcoming Star Wars content. I do want the new series from my favorite fandom do be executed well and to be in the right hands, and I believe it is. I can’t wait to see what new adventures await Star Wars fans.