After nine Star Wars movies, you’d think that the saga might be over. But wait just a moment! There might be a Star Wars Episode X release date. After all, the so-called “Skywalker Saga” might get a direct film sequel. And there are rumors about it after Star Wars: Visions laid out the story. Firstly, Star Wars: Visions —sort of— lays out a road map for what a story for Episode X could be. Secondly, if you’re not familiar with Star Wars: Visions, it is an anime anthology series made for the Disney+ streaming platform.
Why do we comment on Star Wars: Visions? Mainly because of one episode, in particular, that could pave the way for Episode X. It is called “The Ninth Jedi”. But we will get to that one further down this article. Before that, we need to get a couple of things out of the way. It is true that Disney and LucasFilm confirmed that more Star Wars films are coming our way after The Rise of Skywalker. And its true we might have to wait a while for them to come out. Until then, let’s cover what we do know about these topics first, let’s begin.
Star Wars Episode X Release Date
Star Wars Episode X will release between December 2022 and December 2026. And while that’s a wide time frame. We must unpack a few things for you. Firstly, Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that the next Star Wars picture will be released in cinemas on December 16, 2022, followed by two more films on December 20, 2024, and December 18, 2026. This seems to be the release timetable for a new trilogy – most likely the trilogy of Star Wars films from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.
However, that December 2022 launch date was previously reserved for the Star Wars project that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were attached to before abandoning the production and confirming they would not be making the film, so there is a wrinkle in the idea that Johnson’s trilogy is next on Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars docket. Nonetheless, based only on the publication dates, it makes the most logical that another trilogy will follow.
Star Wars: Visions holds the key
“The Ninth Jedi” stands out the most among the Visions shorts because its world-building seems the most thought-out while also seeming the most unfinished. What happened to the Jedi? Is this actually occurring in a post-Skywalker’s-Rise future? Did the Margrave receive any fashion advice from Darth Vader legends? Do the Jedi of this period see the Vader connection as a positive thing, perhaps because Vader restored balance to the Force? The idea that fundamental historical knowledge is readily forgotten is an old Star Wars ploy. The Jedi are referred to as a “old religion” in A New Hope, despite the fact that they were just annihilated 19 years earlier. Rey and Finn in The Force Awakens believe Han, Luke, and Leia are myths, despite the fact that the original trilogy took place just 30 years earlier.
The Ninth Jedi
Almost everything in “The Ninth Jedi” is enjoyable, from the action and mystery to the endearing Kara and that fantastic surprise with the Sith lightsabers. The whole episode captures the enormous scope of Star Wars while seeming completely unique. It’s also great that, for once, our new young Star Wars hero isn’t afraid to go on adventures. Kara seems to be the perfect person to lead us into a new adventure, and the enigmatic Margrave appears to be a good Jedi master.
The slickest aspect of this episode, though, is the way it nonchalantly establishes a far-future in which the Jedi and Sith’s methods have drastically altered. It’s also great to make Kara’s father the only one who can manufacture lightsabers, and then kill him. It re-creates the feeling of scarcity that existed in the original trilogy. It used to be exciting to come upon a lightsaber. That was laid to rest by the prequels. However, “The Ninth Jedi” reboots this idea, making everything about the Jedi and the Sith obscure once again.
Star Wars: Episode X could be a different kind of sequel
The intriguing thing about a possible sequel to “The Ninth Jedi” isn’t simply that we want to know what happens next, though that’s a big part of it. Is Kara the “ninth Jedi,” referring to the Jedi Council? The council had twelve Jedi on it at the time of The Phantom Menace. So, what has changed? The prospect of knowing what occurred before “The Ninth Jedi” adds to the intrigue of what’s to come. What happened between The Rise of Skywalker and this tale to alter the laws of Kyber crystals, Sith, and even Jedi?
Unlike The Force Awakens, this Star Wars: Visions tale starts up so long beyond where we left off that the question of how we got there is more intriguing than what awaits Kara and the Margrave. In “The Ninth Jedi,” the spirit of Star Wars adventure seems fresh and completely new. But, somehow, it also seems quite familiar. This seems like the greatest fresh hope for the future of the Force of all the new Star Wars concepts.