Disney+ Day 2021 Gives Star Wars Fans Crumbs WIth Obi-Wan Kenobi Teaser
As a virtual or social-media event, Disney+ Day 2021 isn’t exactly DC FanDome, but we did get a small teaser about the forthcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Marvel fans were treated to a 14-minute video for their Disney+ Day announcements, half of which consisted of new material for shows yet to release. There wasn’t much given to fans starving for looks at She-Hulk or Ms. Marvel or Moon Knight. Yet, they got something. For fans of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Disney+ Day 2021 offered very little in the way of a first look or teaser. Still, they did give us a few morsels, including some pretty incredible concept art. Of all the future Star Wars projects, both for film and Disney+, Obi-Wan Kenobi is easily the most anticipated. It also may be the project that’s been in development the longest.
What the Disney+ Day 2021 Teaser Tells Us About Obi-Wan Kenobi
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The one-minute-and-fourteen-second clip begins ironically for me. Director Deborah Chow opens it by saying that fans are most excited to see Ewan McGregor reprise his role as our first Jedi Master. Yet, that she is the director of this series is what excites me the most, at least as a fan of Star Wars and cinema. I first saw her directorial work in Jessica Jones and Iron Fist, but her two episodes in the first season of The Mandalorian really stood out to me. Chow directed “The Sin” and “The Reckoning,” two episodes which combined action, Star Wars lore, and quiet human moments in perfect balance. (As all things, except the Force, should be.)
Honestly, as a Star Wars fan, I am not all that interested in Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Tatooine exile. Of course, I am not one of the fans who needs every backstory told or reference put in context. In fact, I was initially resistant to the idea that we’d visit Old Ben in Star Wars Rebels, but we ultimately got one of the classic lightsaber battles between him and Darth Maul. Thus, I remain cautiously optimistic about what kind of story this series will tell. However, the Disney+ Day 2021 teaser for Obi Wan Kenobi has me more cautious than optimistic.
As a longtime prequel defender, I am elated that this show will bring Hayden Christensen back to play Anakin Skywalker. Yet, I am less hyped about Obi-Wan and Darth Vader facing off between episodes III and IV. In fact, some folks might call it a cheat, but I’d be happy if the lightsaber fight hinted at in the Obi Wan Kenobi Disney+ Day 2021 teaser is just some kind of Force vision or a straight-up hallucination.
Living Up to and Subverting Expectations Is Where Star Wars Can Live or Die With Fans
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Much of the (still ongoing) backlash to The Last Jedi, came from the fact that Rian Johnson did not give fans the story they expected. (Lucas often did this, too.) Obi Wan Kenobi has the unfortunate position of being probably the most anticipated Star Wars property of all the new stories in the works. Even the biggest prequel hater can’t justifiably say a bad word about Ewan McGregor’s performance. (At least, not that I’ve encountered.) Kids who grew up with the prequels as their Star Wars love him like we Original Trilogy-heads love Luke Skywalker.
This kind of anticipation can be a double-bladed lightsaber, though. Some Star Wars fans’ whole fan experience is talking about how disappointed they are with whatever new thing is out. This problem is only exacerbated by outrage grifters who turn toxic fandom into a YouTube audience. Part of what The Mandalorian such a sensation is that people didn’t know what to expect. Fans have a lot of strong opinions about what Ben Kenobi did and did not do on Tatooine, and that can be a tough space-needle for the storytellers to thread. Hopefully, we can just enjoy what Deborah Chow and company give us when Obi Wan Kenobi finally debuts.
Obi Wan Kenobi is expected to hit Disney+ sometime in 2022.
What did you think of the Disney+ Day 2021 Obi Wan Kenobi teaser? Was it enough for you or should they have shown us a little bit more? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book of superhero short stories, Tales of Adventure & Fantasy: Book One is available as an ebook or paperback from Amazon.