How can one tell The Rise of Skywalker was co-written by Chris Terrio, the co-writer of one of the most despised superhero movies ever made, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice? Easy. Both films have the chance of being something epic but devolve into horribly-paced, hugely incomprehensible, hodgepodges of interesting action sequences and cool characters bogged down by ridiculous storytelling. And sprinkled throughout both of these films are plot threads acting as insurance policies just in case if the movie bombs it will still entice moviemakers to make spinoffs presented in the film.
The Rise of Skywalker had plenty of this in abundance, leaving one dissatisfied by the actual product but intrigued about what could come next. Today, to detract from the rant rampage I’ve produced about The Rise of Skywalker for the last couple of weeks, I’m looking to the future of what we could see produced on Disney+, in future novels and comics, and potential movies.
Poe Dameron and Zorii Bliss Have a Disney+ Series
It’s been made very clear by Oscar Isaac that he is in no way eager to return to the role of Poe Dameron in a Disney+ series. Good thing, he may not have to.
In The Rise of Skywalker, Poe Dameron has to return to a world he thought he’d never have to revisit called Kijimi where he runs into an old acquaintance, a smuggler named Zorii Bliss. Apparently, he and Zorii were once very close in a romantic sort of way but he gave up the life of a spice runner to join the New Republic, leaving Bliss behind in a way that left her very sore.
I found Zorii to be immediately rather interesting, mainly because she has such a nice outfit, and her dynamic with Poe was instantly infectious. I, for one, would love to know more about them and their escapades as spice runners before the days of the New Republic.
Oscar Isaac and Keri Russel may not return to reprise their roles but find younger actors to portray a young Poe and Zorii and we could get a riveting Disney+ series that would surely please the masses and provide even more insight into our knowledge of Poe Dameron.
Finn Becomes a Jedi
Finn has the Force. This is even more reason to finally highlight the character in a greater light and that could happen in all sorts of different ways. One, we could finally get a riveting comic series that focuses on the character’s evolution into a Jedi Knight.
Two, we could see him learning how to hone his power with the Force in an animated series that features the story of the Resistance after the events of The Rise of Skywalker.
Three, he and Jannah had an obvious connection. With her potentially getting a series alongside Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian, why shouldn’t he play a role in the series as well?
Four, he could have his own novel.
And then five, about five-six years from now, we could see him and Daisy Ridley return as full-blown Jedi Knights in a future film sometime later this decade.
All in all, we need more Finn, pronto.
Rose Gets an Animated Series
Rose deserved better. She was treated just like Jar Jar Binks as she was relegated to a menial role that left her doing nothing and being omitted from the status quo a.k.a the Sequel Trilogy trio comprising of Rey, Finn, and Poe. She didn’t even get to join in on the beautiful hug at the end of the film, showcasing how much J.J Abrams and Chris Terrio secretly despised the character.
Yesterday, while scrolling down my Star Wars-laden Twitter timeline, I saw a brilliant idea. Rose should have an animated series. One that features her aiding the Resistance alongside fan-favorite Lieutenant Kaydel Connix before the events of The Rise of Skywalker in a Mission: Impossible-style animated series that could really give the character a chance to shine like she deserves.
The Palpatines Strike Back
Okay, apparently Palpatine had a son who wouldn’t join forces with his father in the dark side and he met a woman who, together, they created Rey. Knowing that there was some family drama between Emperor Palpatine and his son, ? Palpatine, that could prove to be something very intriguing to read in a novel written in the same format as Catalyst, the prequel to Rogue One.
It can tell the story of young Palpatine, his life growing up, meeting Rey’s mother and their falling in love, and then having Rey who apparently Darth Sidious was pining after, forcing young Palpatine and his wife to take some desperate measures. That could be interesting.
Rey Recreates the Jedi Order
Rey is now a Jedi Knight, now a Skywalker, and ready to bring the Jedi Order back. How will this next portion of her story be told? In a comic series, a novel, a Disney+ series, a movie? There are so many directions this story could go but I have a feeling Disney will want to stray away from this storyline for a little while.
Lando Calrissian and Jannah Have a Disney+ Series
Have you ever watched a movie that seems to be practically winking at you in accordance with future movies? As if the screenwriters are screaming through the actions playing out on screen, “Stay tuned! There’s a spinoff coming!” That’s how this scene at the end of The Rise of Skywalker felt.
Lando conveniently sits beside newcomer Jannah and as she stares wistfully at the older gentleman, she tells him how she doesn’t know where she came from to which he replied something on the basis of, “Well let’s see where you come from together.”
Lando is already a beloved Star Wars character and while viewers weren’t exactly fond of Jannah as she came off as bland as “cardboard” people would love to see the old smoothie back to blasting and being the awesome character that he is while and Jannah go on an adventure to discover her roots.
Sounds like a promising prospect for the future for sure. Of course, because fans weren’t as fond of Jannah as Disney may have hoped, their future together may not happen as quickly as first perceived. But keep an eye out. With Star Wars Celebration arriving in a few months, who knows what surprises Lucasfilm may have in store.
What story threads from The Rise of Skywalker would you like to know about in future projects? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a tremendous day. May the Force be with you.