Things are looking up for the galaxy far, far away thanks to the recent release of the much anticipated Star Wars: Visions. Even if Yoda would admonish the idea of thinking about the future and beyond, it’s hard not to imagine what 2022 and beyond may bring for the Star Wars franchise. Visions debuted on Disney+ after the first season of The Bad Batch. Undoubtedly, this delighted all fans ultimately gathering interest in seeing more of such characters and situations in the future.
Star Wars fans can anticipate more promotion for The Book of Boba Fett in the nearish term. A trailer will be released on November 12th ahead of the series’ December release date, so keep an eye out. The show’s run will continue into the next year. This will open the floodgates to the most jam-packed Star Wars calendar yet.
Fans can anticipate a wide range of projects from Lucasfilm to be released on a near-weekly basis in 2022. These include Andor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Bad Batch Season 2, A Droid Story, and The Mandalorian Season 3. Was this, however, the original intention? One of Lucasfilm’s vice presidents indicated that things came together fairly easily.
The massive 2022 Star Wars schedule wasn’t as planned
James Waugh, executive producer of Star Wars: Visions and VP of Lucasfilm, talked exclusively to The Direct about the flood of material coming in 2022. Rather, the stars aligned with “the way things lined up for the year,” according to Waugh’s description of the circumstances. This is what he said;
“Oh, I don’t know… I don’t think it was planned on as being a regular… I think it was just the way things lined up for the year. There will be ebbs and flows of Star Wars as great creators come in and have great takes on Star Wars, that we believe fans will want to see.”
Overall, Waugh describes Disney+ as “exciting,” seeing it as a catalyst for new plot possibilities. Here are his thoughts on this upcoming venture;
“I think what Disney+ does offers a lot of rich potentials to explore the galaxy in new ways, and that’s exciting.”
Fast Forward To The Star Wars Saga
There is nothing that can stop the Star Wars freight train from arriving. As evidenced by the opening of the two Galaxy’s Edge theme parks, the launch of Disney+ with The Mandalorian as its first original series, and the massive success of the video game Jedi: Fallen Order. 2019 was a big year for Star Wars. However, the release of The Rise of Skywalker, which was less successful, came at the end of the year.
The year 2022, on the other hand, is going to make it all seem like child’s play. Disney+, as stated by Waugh, has allowed for the telling of many hitherto untold Star Wars tales. Disney Investor Day 2020 was a long time coming. However, Lucasfilm has now lined up its Porgs and seems to have a sound strategy for the future of George Lucas’ cherished property. Most notably, COVID-19 halted Andor and Obi-Wan Kenobi productions in the middle of last year. As a result, their release was postponed until 2022.
The Mandalorian Season 2, The Bad Batch, and now Visions have kept fans entertained on Disney+ during the lengthy wait, and the later releases of the series that have been in production for a long time may potentially benefit the Star Wars brand in the long term. There will be an increase in material every year due to Lucasfilm releasing over ten series (some of which span several seasons) on Disney+ over the next few years.
Fans may anticipate a new bit of Star Wars material almost every week in 2022, thanks to the year’s fifty-two weeks and the fact that Disney wants to keep as many streaming platform customers as possible. This pattern will undoubtedly continue in the future.
What does the schedule look like?
An educated estimate as to what Star Wars will look like in 2022 is provided below:
- December 2021 – February 2022 The Book of Boba Fett (8 episodes)
- February 2022 Disney Gallery: The Book of Boba Fett
- February – March 2022 Obi-Wan Kenobi (6 episodes)
- March 2022 Disney Gallery: Obi-Wan Kenobi
- March – July 2022 The Bad Batch Season 2 (16 episodes)
- July – October 2022 Andor (12 episodes)
- October 2022 Disney Gallery: Andor
- October 2022 A Droid Story (Animated Movie)
- November – December 2022 The Mandalorian Season 3 (8 episodes)
- December 2022 Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian Season 3
If Lucasfilm follows this hypothetical release schedule, then there should be something fresh from Star Wars on the streaming front every week for the next fifty-two weeks. Given that The Mandalorian Season 3 is still in its early stages of development, it’s conceivable that the project may launch later this year, possibly following Boba Fett’s lead and releasing in December.
This year during Disney Plus Day or at Star Wars Celebration 2022, Lucasfilm could throw the fans a curveball with some unexpected announcements. Perhaps, revealing previously unannounced projects that could arrive at any time in the Fall. The year ahead is jam-packed with exciting initiatives, and Disney+ is only the beginning. There’s something coming for Star Wars fans. These include the continuance of the High Republic publishing storyline, the Spring release of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, and perhaps even a Holiday release for the highly awaited sequel to Jedi: Fallen Order.