At the recently concluded D23 Expo, Disney laid out significant plans for its next few years. A lot of important announcements regarding new movies and tv series were made. And we also got exclusive details about the looks of Disney’s hotly-anticipated streaming service, Disney+. On the announcement fronts, Disney had two major assets to talk about: The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and of course, Star Wars. Among many things related to Star Wars, Disney announced a new series on good ol’ Obi-Wan Kenobi expected to release on Disney+. Disney is also inventing a new subgenre that can be called space western. That is a western set in space. The studio is pioneering this with the series, ‘The Mandalorian’.
The series will tap into the works of bounty hunters, Mandalorians, inside the universe of Star Wars. The recently released trailer has got us really excited about this gritty series. Pedro Pascal will spearhead the series. Apart from these, Disney finally intends to provide us the much-needed closure with the ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ series. The seventh season of the celebrated animated series will also drop early next year on Disney+. But here, let’s talk about the Obi-Wan Kenobi a bit.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Through the Years:
We all know that Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ timeline is messed up. But that doesn’t stop us from walking down the memory lane to look back at one of the most memorable characters in the series, master Obi-Wan Kenobi. In the original trilogy, he is portrayed by legendary Alec Guinness and in the prequel trilogy, a young Ewan McGregor dons the costume of Ben Kenobi. We saw Obi-Wan Kenobi in the planet Tatooine helping Luke in rescuing R2-D2. He was the one to introduce Luke and us to the world of Jedis and light force. Apart from being a nuanced character in its own terms, Ben Kenobi’s anecdotes also became the narration of Star Wars events. Director George Lucas in ‘Star Wars‘ or ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope’ (1977) started Ben Kenobi’s character arc as the Jedi-turned-teacher for the Skywalkers that only evolved through the upcoming films.
Following the tragic end in the first film, Obi-Wan Kenobi kept appearing to Luke as a spirit. In ‘Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back’ (1980) he kept on guiding Luke, even in his death. For instance, based on his wisdom, Luke and Yoda decide to come together. Kenobi guides and advises Luke and others in various stages of their missions and in Luke’s quest to know the truth about his father.
Alec Guinness’ epic journey as Obi-Wan Kenobi ends with ‘Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi’ (1983). Grand old Ben Kenobi had already become a source of wisdom, guidance, and knowledge of the dark past. In the third film of the original trilogy, Obi-Wan Kenobi drops one bombshell after the other. Deadly secrets are out as Luke moves to meet his fate against Darth Vader. He is a bridge between the violent past and confused present. ‘Return Of The Jedi’ concludes Ben Kenobi’s journey in the Star Wars franchise, but given his immense popularity among the fans, Disney had to bring him back as a major character in the prequel trilogy.