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Essay: How Disney and Lucasfilm Might Not Become An “Evil Empire”

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Whatever pop culture property Disney wants, it’s going to get. When it purchased Marvel Comics, I went through all the fear about Spider-Man Meets Mickey Mouse crossovers. That hasn’t happened, and I’ve realized it is not the end of the world if it someday did. So while I had a few laughs at the Disney/Star Wars merger’s expense, I’m don’t actively hate the idea.

Disney’s work with Marvel has been a smashing success so far, by keeping the business side out of the creative side’s way. I hate the decision to prematurely cancel the Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cartoon, but there are people on the creative side driving that as well. A different writer has a different vision for the characters, and that happens daily at every comic book company. We got an excellent two seasons of animated entertainment. They aired and will likely keep airing on Disney’s channel. So millions of kids without a nearby comic store can experience these characters.

Speaking of those heroes, even the most curmudgeonly of comic book guys would have a hard time arguing with the final result. Even if you didn’t like the movie, it made stupid amounts of money. It has finally made Joss Whedon a Hollywood heavyweight, and that’s a win for geeks everywhere. We’re getting a S.H.I.E.L.D TV show, a development that probably doesn’t happen without Disney’s influence. Marvel’s film studio laid the groundwork of a shared movie universe before Disney was ever involved. To Disney’s credit, it didn’t do anything to derail the creative process. Sometimes the most important, and yet hardest thing for a company its size to do, is stay out of the way.

Marvel has the film rights to Daredevil back, and the financial might of The Mouse surely helped keep Fox honest. A cash-strapped comic company might have have had to sell Fox another Daredevil movie. Now the “Man Without Fear” can come back into the mainstream Marvel movie universe, and maybe become an Avenger. The possibilities are endless.

Let’s face it, Star Wars faithful. We’ve been giving George Lucas nothing but grief for his recent efforts anyway. Could fresh eyes hurt the franchise? Lucas said one of the reasons he did this was to ensure that Star Wars outlives him. Although we all love it, the universe is Lucas’ creation. He nurtured it into what it has become. We can’t begrudge the man a fair price for his life’s work, and Walt Disney was among the few who could pay it.

I would have hated to see the Star Wars brand become the Ninja Turtles or the Transformers, brands that wax and wane in popularity for decades at a time. The scope of Star Wars is literally the entire universe. There are countless stories to be told. Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm ensures there will be someone telling them for generations to come.

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  • Yetti Gold

    Dear Disney and LucasFilm,

    Congratulations! You now possess the power of the force and with it comes a great deal of responsibility. So here’s what you’re going to do:

    STEP 1 – you’re going to set the new films (Episode 7, 8 and 9) 30 years after episode 6 (Jedi) and you’re going to have the FULL original cast back playing themselves as older people. DID YOU HEAR ME? You are going to cast Harrison Ford as Han Freaking solo, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Leia, Billy Dee Williams as Lando and even Denis Lawson back as Wedge Antilles. HERE’S THE CATCH: THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE THE MAIN CHARACTERS. They are older now and you can use them as side characters revolving around NEW lead characters. We don’t care what new characters take over leading roles but you HAVE to bring back the old cast for this all to be LEGIT and to come FULL circle. PLEASE don’t cast new actors in these roles and don’t CGI faces to make them look like the actors 30 years ago (Like in Tron Legacy) PLEASE!!! You can even kill them off in the first scene, just don’t replace them.

    STEP 2 – DON’T LISTEN TO ANYTHING GEORGE LUCAS SAYS! You paid him $4 Billion so tell him to shut up take his money and go make Radioland Murders Part 2! Put somebody in charge of directing who knows what we want. WE WANT EMPIRE STRIKES BACK ON CRACK. That means ACTING, ACTING, ACTING, ACTING, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, DRAMA, DEATH!!!!!

    STEP 3 – Whatever you did to make AVENGERS as good as it was, do the same for STAR WARS! I feel the force is strong with you and your company can pull this off. The prequels were the worst films EVER MADE! They showed us just how evil the dark side of the force can be when it seduced George Lucas and took over his ability to distinguish right from wrong! Please redeem the Star Wars Universe. DO OR DO NOT…THERE IS NO TRY

    Sincerely,

    Geeks

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