The sequel trilogy has been divisive among fans to say the least. Some say it doesn’t honor the legacy of Star Wars while others see it as a breath of fresh air.
In December, Disney released the final installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the Skywalker Saga as a whole with Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. The film was not nearly as divisive as its predecessor, yet it still received lukewarm reviews upon its initial release.
Now that Star Wars has entered into its post-Skywalker saga era, there are still some questions left about the sequel trilogy. Specifically; what kind of legacy will the three movies have as time goes on?
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Well, if we look to the prequels, we actually have a pretty good idea of what that may look like. When the prequels were initially released, they were widely panned by fans and critics alike. Now in 2020, we are 15 years removed from the release of Revenge of the Sith and the prequels are een in a much better light than they were nearly two decades ago.
Part of this is likely due to the massive success of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which gave the prequel trilogy a deeper and overall better legacy. It is fair to expect that the sequel trilogy will receive the same amount of content as time wears on.
For starters, we already have the Poe Dameron and Kylo Ren comics that have revealed much more about those characters than fans initially saw on screen. We also got a glimpse of how the First Order came to power in the last part of the campaign for Star Wars Battlefront II (2017). One also can’t forget about The Mandalorian, which takes place five years after Return of the Jedi and will surely give fans some answers about the sequel trilogy.
It is hard to say for certain how the sequels will be seen in the next decade or so. The prequel trilogy proved that fans that were raised with a certain trilogy will have a certain fondness for it, despite its flaws, and sometimes because of them (see r/Prequelmemes).
Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker is now streaming on Disney+