With plenty of Star Wars content lined up, we look at what you can expect on May the Fourth, Star Wars Day.
For years, May 4th has been observed as something on an unofficial holiday for Star Wars fans. Recently, however, Lucasfilm has made an effort to truly celebrate the date. Be it Star Wars themed dining experiences at various Disney parks to viewing parties in space, the date holds a special place in the Star Wars calendar.
This year looks to be one of the busiest Star Wars Days yet. Disney+ will play host to a cavalcade of content releasing on the platform, both in the lead up to, and on, the day. Here is a rundown of everything you can enjoy on the day!
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The Rise of Skywalker
Two months ahead of schedule, and in glorious 4K, The Rise of Skywalker will be available to stream. The addition of J.J. Abrams’ effort see’s all nine Skywalker saga films, as well as the Rogue One , together on one platform for the first time. (Solo won’t appear on Disney+ until July 9 in the U.S.).
The Clone Wars
In honor of the day, The Clone Wars series finale will release on May 4, three days after the 11th episode of season 7. The four-episode arc known as “The Siege of Mandalore” has captivated fans to this point. Having the final episode, titled “Victory and Death”, play out on Star Wars Day, only a short wait after episode 11, is obviously welcome. Seeing the beloved series end on May 4 is a very nice touch.
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian
May 4 will see a brand new series debut on Disney+ with Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian an eight-episode documentary. Fans will be given peek behind the scenes of the highly popular series through behind the scenes footage, interviews, and roundtable discussions. Series creator Jon Favreau will host the series, and I’m already dreaming of future iterations of the “Disney Gallery” format (High Republic behind the scenes please).
Concept art takeover
For a full week from May 4th, Disney+ will receive an artistic takeover. The artwork for each film and TV series will be updated to original concept paintings. The takeover will feature pieces from the likes of Ralph McQuarrie and Doug Chiang, and a new animation will appear on the Star Wars tab on the Disney+ home screen.
Star Wars Day Supercon
If the convention scene is more your flavor, you’re in luck. ReedPop, the organizers behind Star Wars Celebration, will be putting on a virtual convention over May 4th and 5th. The event will feature live tweets through films, a live stream of Jedi: Fallen Order, a Q and A with Ashley Eckstein, and a lot more. The full schedule can be found here. While it won’t fully replicate the convention experience it could prove to be a nice way to connect with fellow fans on the day!
We, of course, hope there will be a few surprises sprung on us. However, there’s plenty here to occupy our time this coming May 4th!
How will you be celebrating May the Fourth?