(WARNING: This post contains minor spoilers for Star Wars Rebels — you've been warned)
We are living in the most magical time in recent history, with the sudden emergence of superheroes and Star Wars movies dominating both domestic and worldwide at the box office. Look no further than Star Wars: Episode VII as it has since become the biggest movie of last year (grossing over $2 billion). This is saying something since several other movies crossed the coveted "billion dollar mark" in 2015.
Star Wars Rebels premiered in 2014 and is considered one of the most prestigious animated shows currently in both streaming and regular television. The band of Rebels are extremely affable, with complex narratives that ensures each character has far more layers than a standard cartoon. Sadly, there are rumors that this could be the show's last season, and #Disney is moving on to their next anthology film, in the hopes of creating a successful followup after Rogue One. Let's took a look at five concepts that could potentially replace Star Wars Rebels.
5. Brand New Characters At The Same Time As 'Episode IV' — 'Episode VI'
And yes, Doctor Aphra lived during the time between New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, but she's one of the most interesting characters currently in the #StarWars line at Marvel Comics. The only reason why this is so far down on this list is because it'd be too hard to work with the films and other writers to maintain a constant grasp on what's happening during the movie and other comics to avoid continuity errors. And yet, this made the list because this would be extraordinary to see on Disney XD. Plus, this could lay much needed groundwork to help explain what exactly is going on throughout the universe at that current time.
4. Explore The Empire Side From 'Episode IV' — 'Episode VI'
This show could explore one Rebel's attempt to infiltrate the Empire's vast army. With a little clever writing, this hero could be assigned to a company with direct ties with Darth Vader. He could also recruit a friend, which could also detail life as someone who wants out but is immensely scared of what the Empire does to people who disobey their command. This would be a very intriguing dynamic, plus it could lead to multiple seasons after they escape the long reach of Vader.
3. Exploring The Jedi Academy Before Order 66
The general public is completely enamored over the Force, and rightfully so. Star Wars Rebels has done a stellar job illustrating the impact of what Order 66 had on the few survivors. At the same time, how amazing would it be to see a few Padawans and their Masters facing insurmountable challenges on their way becoming Jedis? Sadly, this one is the least likely out of the other choices simply because there's really no way to tie this in with one of their upcoming films. Either way, this would be amazing to see other Jedis and their cause before Anakin Skywalker destroyed their order.
2. A Leia Organa Show
She's one of the beloved characters in cinematic history. Furthermore, the good people over at Marvel are currently doing a solo comic dealing with Ben Solo's mother. Having a show focusing on Leia's journey throughout her impressive life could be a start of something truly special. Most fans wouldn't mind seeing everything that we didn't see from the films explained through her own animated series. Or, she could be the lead for the top choice for the next Star Wars adventures on Disney XD.
1. A Show Dealing With Everything That Occurred Between 'Return Of The Jedi' And 'The Force Awakens'
How amazing would this show be? A lot of people who love Star Wars might not be comic readers, but with two of the greatest animated shows ever, this could lead people to tune in to find out what happened during those missing years. Honestly, one would love to see them focus on another two Force wielders making their way in the universe after the events of Return of the Jedi.
We could find out exactly how the First Order started, and we could possibly see cameos from Luke, Leia and Han to let us know what they'd done prior to the events of TFA. Han Solo is next in the anthology films, but I doubt they would spend time telling his story, no matter how amazing that sounds. Basically, this show could fill in a lot of the blanks that were left from Episode VII, as I highly doubt we're going to hear a detail account from those missing years.
As of now, Marvel, DC and Star Wars are all currently running the box office, with films that are epic and are expanding their ever growing mythology. Many fans hope Star Wars Rebels will last forever, but with Rogue One finally in theaters it seems that Disney should create another animated show that somehow correlates with an upcoming release on the big screen. Lastly, fans might just want another show, because there's nothing quite like Star Wars on either screen.
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