Mark Hamill is Right to Worry About “Star Wars” Oversaturation

Matthew Loffhagen
(Photo: Lucasfilm)

Mark Hamill, continuing to enjoy his renewed relevance in the wake of his role in “The Last Jedi”, has a lot to say about the “Star Wars” movies that Disney has been rushing out lately.

Specifically, Hamill argues that we’re getting too much of a good thing – with “Solo: A Star Wars Story” debuting just months after “The Last Jedi”, the face of Luke Skywalker is worried that Lucasfilm is going to ruin the joy of “Star Wars” in a vain attempt to catch up with Marvel.

Said Hamill:

“I will say they should pace themselves because you don’t want to over-saturate it. I said to Disney, ‘Really? Five months after we come out comes [Solo: A Star Wars Story]? Can’t you at least wait until Christmas?’ But they’ve got things booked – they’re doing Marvel and their own movies, so that’s beyond my [purview].”

While hardcore “Star Wars” fans are probably going to scoff at the idea of getting too much “Star Wars”, it’s worth noting that Hamill does have a tendency to pick up on how fans are going to react to the franchise.

During the filming of “The Last Jedi”, he expressed concerns about the direction that Rian Johnson was taking with his character, only for a large, vocal chunk of the “Star Wars” community to respond negatively when the film finally released.

Hamill knows his fans, and he’s genuinely concerned that we’re on the brink of “Star Wars” burnout.

Han Solo and Daenerys
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Considering the general consensus on “Solo” based on its trailers, it seems that a lot of people feel the way Hamill does. There’s a danger that many audience members (not the die-hards, but the more casual viewers) are going to respond with apathy once “Solo” arrives in just over a month.

This is a big summer for films, with Marvel’s “Infinity War” likely to clean up big time at the box office. Lucasfilm might regret rushing out a B-grade “Star Wars” simply for the sake of sticking to the production schedule they’d been hoping for, in spite of all the drama that went on during the movie’s filming.

“Star Wars” movies used to be big events, occurring once every three years. Under Disney’s rule, we’ve had one every year, and now we’re getting two within six months.

Perhaps, though, Lucasfilm is eager to get out “Solo” so that “The Last Jedi” stops getting kicked by fans. The unexpectedly controversial movie has garnered a lot more negative feedback than Lucasfilm had been expecting, and the studio may want to move on quickly to other projects rather than dwell on a film that’s caused so much angry shouting on the internet.

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If this is the case, “Solo” had better be a phenomenal movie. It’s hard to bury a controversial movie underneath yet another controversial movie, and from the looks of things, this new film will be even more unpopular with the loudest “Star Wars” fans than the last one.

Clearly, for better or worse, nobody at Lucasfilm wants to listen to Luke Skywalker when he attempts to impart his unsolicited wisdom.

We’ll find out whether this was a good idea once “Solo: A Star Wars Story” hits theaters.