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I don't think we're gonna see Donald Duck next to Darth Vader in the next Star Wars movie (although I think it would be pretty funny). Instead, I imagine they're gonna give the folks in now charge of Lucasfilm plenty of room to make quality movies that will pull in grownups as well as kids, and casual viewers as well as rabid fanboys. And they're gonna market the hell out of those new flicks. After all, Disney now owns Marvel Comics, and that's what they did with the Avengers movie.
One blogger complained that the next movie (Episode VII, whatever it ends up being called) won't be based on any of the post-original trilogy novels, and therefore "destroy the post-movie canon." So what? Who cares, as long as they come up with a great flick? The vast majority of moviegoers are unaware of those books anyway. To them, the only "canon" is what happened in the first six films--and they probably don't remember all the details.
The new heads of the Star Wars franchise shouldn't let a bloated mass of marketing limit them from making a good movie. Despite attempting a reboot, J.J. Adams still threw a canon bone to the trekkies, and the film, to its detriment, couldn't escape its own overwritten past. That's another example of a law of literary relativity I like to call the canon singularity theory:
Whenever an entertainment franchise generates a certain amount of television episodes, movies, novels, games, and toys, that mass of fiction becomes so self-referential it collapses in upon itself, creating a singularity so dense that not even plot can escape.Hopefully Lucasfilm's new owners can manage to avoid falling into that literary event horizon and come up with some decent sequels to the original Star Wars trilogy (but even if they don't, we're all gonna go see them anyway). May the Force be with them.