I know that for many fans, myself included, the announcement of the sale of the Star Wars franchise was met with mixed emotions. I'm sure I speak for many Star Wars fans when I say that I was excited to hear that we would finally get more content. The scary thought was, how is Disney going to mess up our universe?
Yes, Our Universe. George Lucas created Star Wars but somewhere between Return of the Jedi and the Phantom Menace, the fans made it their own. We made it our own.
From novels to comic books to role playing games to the 501st, the fans made Star Wars their own galaxy, right here on Earth.
So when Episode I was finally announced, we fans were overjoyed. However, the Phantom Menace caused us to cry in agony, much like the voices Obi-wan heard upon Alderaan's destruction in Episode 4.
Episodes II & III were met with a much more critical eye and were met with much more criticism. The reason? Mr. Lucas tarnished our galaxy. For many, the Prequels ruined Star Wars. Our Star Wars.
While George Lucas may feel disappointed at not having any involvement in Episode VII, J. J. Abrams knew who he was making this movie for: us, the loyal fans who know that Star Wars is more than just a movie. It's the ultimate battle between good and evil. Episodes IV - VI was the story of Anakin Skywalker's road to redemption. It's a perfect blend of Science and Fantasy fiction. It makes us believe the unbelievable.
So while Disney financially owns the Star Wars franchise, we the fans own the Star Wars Universe.