Is there reason to be concerned about 2022 with a significant dearth of Star Wars content released during Disney+ Day?
Next the big Disney brands of Marvel, Pixar, National Geographic, and Disney Animation, Star Wars was noticeably absent; despite the vast amount of content planned for the rest of 2021 and the following year. Aside from Under The Helmet, a 21-minute documentary on Boba Fett’s beginnings; the only tease Disney gave new viewers was a teaser clip for the impending Obi-Wan Kenobi series; which had been leaked online abruptly the day before.
Star Wars programming, in particular, The Mandalorian’s following, is undoubtedly one of the most important contributors to new Disney+ customers. Given the number of new Star Wars series that the streaming service will release; including not only Obi-Wan Kenobi, but also The Book of Boba Fett, Ahsoka, Andor; and season three of The Mandalorian; its absence for Disney+ Day was surprising.
Frustrated fans took to Twitter to voice their dissatisfaction that Disney did not seem to share their love for Star Wars in the same way that it does for other franchises; implying that trouble is on the way.
While the lack of new Star Wars material is upsetting, its omission from Disney+ Day could possibly be a healthy harbinger of things to come; rather than a reason to be concerned about 2022. One explanation for the scarcity of new footage could be Disney and/or Lucasfilm’s hesitation.
Last year, 12 new Star Wars projects were unveiled during Disney’s Investor Day presentation; including the now-cancelled Rangers of the New Republic and Rogue Squadron; which has subsequently been delayed owing to scheduling difficulties. Given that Lucasfilm has been beset by production issues since Disney’s acquisition; it’s possible that Disney is being cautious.
LucasFilm Might Announce Upcoming Projects On Star Wars Celebration
That’s not a bad thing if that’s the case. Following the conclusion of the sequel trilogy with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker; Lucasfilm stated that it wanted to take its time figuring out what was next for the Star Wars world. With the company making so many public blunders despite its success over the last decade; and the new trilogy dividing opinion; Lucasfilm would be wise to be more cautious before exposing things before they’re ready.
This is especially relevant given that the COVID-19 outbreak has thrown hundreds of productions into disarray. The lack of finished material to bring to Disney+ Day is likely due to a combination of production delays; Lucasfilm taking its time to ensure that these upcoming shows are done appropriately.
Instead, the next Star Wars Celebration will take place in Anaheim, California in May; and it’s there that Lucasfilm will most likely reveal new looks for all of the next films. Regardless, showing at least some new video for one of Disney’s most profitable brands; would have piqued interest in all that Disney+ has to offer. Audiences will simply have to put Master Yoda’s advice into practice and exercise patience until Star Wars Celebration arrives with its Star Wars material.