If you’ve been watching season three of Star Wars Rebels then it’s no surprise what the season is targeting for its finale. Last season, there was an inevitable destination of the epic clash/reunion between Ahsoka and Darth Vader. The trailer for the back half of season three just dropped and it’s confirmed what we all knew was coming; Maul vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi. But I want to talk about the implications this might have on the much desired Obi-Wan spinoff movie.
A lot of the first reactions I’m seeing online are that Obi-Wan’s appearance in Star Wars Rebels will kill any chance of an Obi-Wan spinoff movie and I wholly disagree. In fact, I would argue that it enhances the chances of it.
Sure, Obi-Wan could talk about what he’s been up to and he could confirm that there’s actually not a whole lot to do on a wasteland of a desert planet on the Outer Rim. But I’ll be on the lookout for every little detail he reveals about the 15-17 years or so since the end of Revenge of the Sith. If Obi-Wan mentions any particular event that has taken place while he’s been away, that’ll be what you should lock in on.
This weekend’s midseason premiere featuring Saw Gerrera, the death troopers in the second half trailer and the many Rebels easter eggs spread throughout Rogue One have made it very clear that the creators of Star Wars Rebels are on the same page as the folks in charge of the films. This means that any little detail could be important for future films. This is what’s great about the new Star Wars canon, it’s not all random stories and borderline fan fiction. With the Expanded Universe, there were so many contradictions and weird crossovers that I found it to be more annoying than anything else. The new canon has been brilliantly tied together into one long story chain and that means that everything (films, shows, comics, etc.) is connected in some way or another.
Ever since it was announced that Star Wars would receive anthology films I have been dying for an Obi-Wan standalone. Now is the best time for it. Rogue One has been a massive success and the fan support is there, especially for an Obi-Wan standalone film. Hell, even Ewan McGregor wants to do it. So let’s bring him back, set the stage for a movie in this season’s finale of Star Wars Rebels and let’s get this thing going. Bring me Obi-Wan, Disney. It’s literally free money.