There’s the good, the great, and then there’s the BEST. Welcome to MTV Geek’s Best of 2012 — what we thought were the cream of the crop this year in the world of GEEK!
This last most OMG moment in Geek will send reverberations through the world of fandom — and business — for decades to come!
2012 opened up with ominous — and quite sad — words from “Star Wars” creator George Lucas. When asked by TMZ paps whether he would add any more sequels or prequels to his sci-fi/fantasy franchise, Lucas said a perfunctory “Never,” adding, “I’m retired.”
Could anybody really blame Lucas for wanting “out” of Star Wars at that point? Harangued by so-called fans for his creative decisions concerning the prequels, chewed-out for his remastering choices on the original three movies…as he told the New York Times in February of 2012:
“Why would I make any more,” Lucas says of the “Star Wars” movies, “when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?”
Then in June, Lucas stepped down as head of Lucasfilm, to be replaced by Co-Chair Kathleen Kennedy. He had some intruguing words regarding his desire to leave his company to Empire Magazine, that, in hindsight, might have hinted at what was to come:
“I’m moving away from the company, I’m moving away from all my businesses, I’m finishing all my obligations and I’m going to retire to my garage with my saw and hammer and build hobby movies. I’ve always wanted to make movies that were more experimental in nature, and not have to worry about them showing in movie theaters.”
But Lucas seemed to warm up a bit more at Star Wars Celebration VI, making a surprise appearance in conjunction with the announcement of a new “SW” cartoon TV series by the creators of “Robot Chicken.” All of the sudden, it looked like the impossible might really happen…that the franchise was picking steam, and new television or (hoping against hope) film ventures were on the horizon.
And then, at the end of October, it happened.
Disney, a juggernaut that already snapped up the substantial Marvel portfolio several years back. Disney, of Pixar and theme parks and ABC and a whole lot of other Really Big Things. That Disney — it was now going to own Star Wars.
Two or three Star Wars related films a year?! Why, that could incorporate all the original actors that are still alive, the expanded universe, the “Clone Wars” stuff, new stuff…maybe even a cartoon where Leia becomes a Disney Princess.
While fans speculated wildly on whether Harrison Ford would be coming back as Han Solo and if Jar Jar Binks would be put back in the CGI trash bin for good, business-types wondered at the ramifications of a Disney/Lucasfilm merger:
1. Would the Lucasfilm movie division butt heads with Marvel Studios, both companies competing with each other?
2. Would the Star Wars license be pulled from long-time partner Dark Horse Comics, in favor of having Marvel Comics do them instead?
3. And how would Warner Bros. be able to keep up with the one-two-three punch of a Disney/Marvel/Star Wars movie slate?
To that last point, did the Disney/Star Wars announcement push the WB’s hand in announcing a “Justice League” movie for 2015 — to compete with Star Wars “Episode VII” and “The Avengers 2″?
As we head into 2013, I’d advise fans to be prepared for more surprises and switcheroos to come! It’s only starting to get interesting, folks!