The news of Disney-owned brands Marvel and Lucasfilm eventually teaming up to bring “Star Wars” back to the pages of the publisher has been a long time coming, and the two companies revealed plans to combine forces in 2015.
“In 2015, the cosmic adventures of Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewbacca will make the lightspeed jump back to Marvel, to begin a new age of adventures within the Star Wars universe,” said Carol Roeder, director of Lucasfilm franchise publishing, in a press release on StarWars.com.
Marvel and Lucasfilm have a shared history that dates back to before Disney started buying up everything in this galaxy. The home of Spider-Man, Iron Man and Captain America published the first “Star Wars” comic book all the way back in 1977. It wasn’t until 1991 that rival publisher Dark Horse took over the license and greatly increased the size of the Expanded Universe.
As is always the case when two brands with such beloved characters team up, the question that likely filled every geeky mind as soon as fans heard the news was “Will there be a crossover event?” It’s certainly a thought that would make the brain of any hardcore fan melt in either pure joy or sheer rage, but there are few basic facts to consider.
» Whether fans love or hate the idea, a Marvel-Star Wars crossover event will inevitably drum up a ton of controversy. Both kinds of readers will eagerly hand over cash to see the event crash and burn or fulfill the deepest, darkest nerdy fantasies. And that means lots and lots of money for Marvel, which at the end of the day is a business.
» How could Marvel characters and “Star Wars” character ever exist in the same universe, you ask. Well, you’re forgetting the time that Superman fought Thor and Batman duked it out with Captain America. This is the comic books we’re talking about, a format that has been able to justify literally anything for the sake of getting what they want story-wise. A beloved character died? Bring him back to life. Two characters don’t exist in the same fictional world? Open an inter-dimensional portal. All it would take to bring Boba Fett face to face with Iron Man would be a single panel and a line of dialogue.
Whether the crossover comes to pass or not, the combination of Marvel and “Star Wars” is an exciting one for fans of both properties. The world of Jedis and bounty hunters is an exciting one to play in, and Marvel’s got some great storytellers on the payroll. No matter where your loyalty lies, it’s another good day to be a geek.