With with Disney’s Star Wars new theme park opening in the very near future, Marvel has released issue No. 1 of its Galaxy’s Edge comic. What assumptions can we make about the new Disney park after part one of this five-part series?
I recently read Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge No. 1 to prepare for the highly anticipated opening of Disney’s newest addition to its theme parks. The comic depicted a new wretched hive of scum and villainy, with tales of some of our favorite characters and their connection to the Black Spire Outpost.
Three details from the first issue stood out, which I expect to be incorporated in the park.
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Expect a First Order Occupation
The comic tells two intertwined Star Wars stories from the past and present, revolving around Galaxy’s Edge Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu. During the present, the opening pages show the First Order landing in Black Spire Outpost, as it hunts a Resistance cell.
We don’t have all of the info about The First Order and Resistance subplot. That story will be developed in future issues. However, we already know about the Rise of The Resistance attraction, where visitors can get up close to a battle between the First Order and Resistance.
The First Order doesn’t seem too fond of the local hive of scum and villainy either. I’m expecting a noticeable stormtrooper presence on the streets of Black Spire Outpost, so watch your step when you make a visit. Personally, I’m looking forward to getting harassed by the First Order on the streets of Battu. It just adds another layer to an immersive experience.
The Food Menus Will Feel Like Star Wars
The opening panel of Galaxy’s Edge shows a mysterious purveyor of black market goods walking the streets and being offered a tasty ronto wrap by a local droid vender. He orders a Meiloorun Juice instead, whatever that is.
This brief interaction says a lot about the food and drink that will be offered in Galaxy’s Edge. This is just a small taste of the options that will likely be available in the new Star Wars-themed land. Whereas the names on Disneyland’s menus are very matter of fact (Pizza Planet’s menu has a Countdown Chicken Fusilli and a Terra Nova Vegetable Pasta), Galaxy’s Edge should have no interest in telling you what the food ACTUALLY is by name alone. That may sound insignificant but it’s a big deal in creating the desired atmosphere.
Disney has said it wants Galaxy’s Edge to be an immersive experience. You are not meant to feel like you’re just in another part of Disneyland but instead in another world. Providing food items that sound like they are from a galaxy far, far away would go a long way toward its mission. I can’t wait to get my hands on a ronto wrap.
Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities Will Have Something Special
It appears like the Black Market Peddlar, Dok Ondar, will be at center of this five-issue run. As somebody who is able to “procure the unprocurable,” his collection rivals even that of Marvel’s Taneleer Tivonne’s. In the comic, Ondar meets with a group of mercenaries and describes his pride in his unique collection that includes a young Sarlacc in a tank, trafficked to him by a certain smuggler and his Wookiee companion.
His Den of Antiquities will be a merchandise store in the Disneyland Park and because of its uniqueness, I expect it to be the only place where you can find certain items. So if you find something that catches your eye, you might want to scoop in up. It might be the only place in the galaxy where you can find it.