December 20: The Rise of Skywalker
This very well may be the most highly-anticipated film of the decade — yes, even more so than Avengers: Endgame.
Lucasfilm has kept their marketing efforts to an absolute minimum for most of the year — they’re saving the really good stuff for the final stretch, and I don’t think most of us realize how smart this decision is.
We were all excited before when the first teaser dropped in April. Four months later, hype skyrocketed when the D23 special look hit YouTube. (Did anyone else set that thing to play on a loop for the first hour? Or was that just me?)
In the slightly less than four months that remain, we’re getting more content related specifically to The Rise of Skywalker than we have since The Last Jedi premiered. Books. Comics. A TV show. And at least one full-length trailer probably premiering sometime in October.
MUCH TO LEARN, WE STILL HAVE. And even though skepticism always accompanies hype, at this point a lot of it surrounds how in the actual heck are they going to pull this off.
I mean, this movie is going to have to be at LEAST seven hours long in order to wrap up all the loose ends. Right?
Yes, Marvel wrapped up a 21-movie story in one three-hour film. But the MCU didn’t have TV shows that tied directly into the bigger story like Star Wars does. Star Wars has fewer movies to tie together, but there’s an over 40-year span of time and a fandom that spans multiple generations. That’s not a three hours and done kind of finale.
But we have no info on that front … yet. We really don’t know anything for certain. And maybe that’s for the best.
Well, you know what’s going to happen if you don’t mind spoilers or leaks. Some people are fine with that. Others aren’t. We’re going in with high expectations but an open mind — and it’s much easier to do that when you don’t already know how the movie ends. But to each their own.
Basically, this movie isn’t just going to break Fandango and all the other online ticket-buying sites when pre-orders open sometime in October. It’s going to break ticket pre-sale records, and box office records, and Star Wars records.
It’s also going to break every single one of us. In half. Just like The Lightsaber That Refuses to Die.
Bring. It. On.
Whatever happens at the end of these 100 days, we are so glad to have you along on this journey with us. Follow along on our full chronological Star Wars rewatch, share your movie predictions with us, and most importantly, get excited.
No matter how this ends, we’re all going to experience it together. What a time to be alive.
The Skywalker Saga comes to an end on December 20. What are you looking forward to most between now and then?