When Solo: A Star Wars Story was announced, a lot of fans were not very hopeful about it. Han Solo is one of the most beloved characters in not just Star Wars, but in all of film. The American Film Institute ranked him as the 14th greatest hero in their top 50 heroes list. His cocky, rogue, devil-may-care attitude, combined with a heart of gold, instantly made him one of Star Wars' best characters.
There are many extraordinary aspects that make up the world of Star Wars. With its memorable planets, imaginative alien designs, unique droid characters, and mesmerizing lightsabers, there is something for everyone. One major aspect that may draw in a viewer is the ships, or vehicles in general. When audiences first saw the Tantive IV getting chased by the even larger Star Destroyer, they were introduced the possibilities of the Star Wars world. For over four decades, across various films, TV shows, books, comics, video games, etc. Star Wars has pumped out many different ship and vehicle designs, to the point where it can be very difficult for one to decide what their top five Star Wars vehicles are. The variations are a testament to just how big the galaxy is.
In the wake of the conclusion of the Skywalker saga with last year's The Rise of Skywalker, and with season 7 of The Clone Wars closing out the show this past May, Star Wars fans are clamoring for more content. While the film series and animated television show have drawn to a close, the Star Wars Disney+ shows are, fortunately, just getting started. Last year's first season of The Mandalorian was a resounding success, and with season 2 set to air in October of this year, speculation and excitement abound in regards to where the story might go from here.
The Mandalorian, the first ever live-action Star Wars TV series, has generally received a positive reception from fans and critics ever since it premiered on the Disney+ launch date. Within just a short eight-episode season, it managed to find its footing very quickly, captivating audiences with its new characters and the changes that they underwent. Understandably, fans are eagerly waiting to see what will happen next in the upcoming second season. At the moment, it appears that people are not done praising the show.
Star Wars fans are clamoring for more content on Disney+ now that it has been officially confirmed that all of the planned theatrical releases for the franchise have been pushed back by at least a year. Disney is pushing back the start of production on all Star Wars films until 2021.
The Star Wars sequel trilogy became increasingly controversial as the films went on. The Force Awakens was well-received, though many people saw it as an unnecessary rehash of A New Hope. The Last Jedi split audiences almost down the middle between regular moviegoers who liked it (not to mention its critical success) and the rabid section of the fanbase that decried it as the worst thing since "I don't like sand." (Of course, there are long-time fans who do enjoy the film and can still have criticisms here and there.) The final film in the trilogy, The Rise of Skywalker, was met with mixed reviews from both the audience and the critics. Some found it to be too focused on fanservice, and some felt that it did not live up as a conclusion to the saga. Opinions are all over the place for these films.
Earlier this year, the final season of the animated show Star Wars: The Clone Wars brought the Bad Batch in their finished form to Disney+ subscribers. Fans had seen this elite squad of mutated clone troopers in unfinished story reels back in 2015. So it was a victory for fans of these characters to see the squad how they were meant to be seen, or perhaps even better than originally believed to be possible, seeing how technology advanced by 2020.