Why “Star Wars IX” Should Be Set a Long Time After “The Last Jedi”

Matthew Loffhagen
(Photo: Marvel)

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

(Although not as long ago as “The Last Jedi”…)

The new Disney “Star Wars” trilogy thus far takes place in a very short period of time. The events of “The Last Jedi” follow immediately after “The Force Awakens”, to the point that many characters don’t really have the time to stop and breathe between the two films.

I’ve got to say, I’ve never really liked this. To have the two movies take place one after the other makes the whole timeline feel very dense. In the space of a few short days, Rey goes from being a nobody on Jakku to being the sole surviving student of Luke Skywalker.

Meanwhile, Finn goes from being the Resistance’s golden boy to being the mutineer who got the entire Resistance blown up. Just sayin’.

John Boyega Finn and Rey
Source: Lucasfilm

Apparently, the next movie in the series is going to happen some time in the future. We can tell this, because John Boyega has stated that he’s going to need to change his hairstyle.

Speculating about movies can be weird sometimes.

According to Boyega:

“I can’t wait to start shooting the next and final leg of the [Star Wars] franchise. The first step is growing out my hair, so you can wait for the trailer to see why.”

Yup, sounds like we’re going to get a big time jump. This is good news, as some breathing room is really what the franchise needs.

Perfect Timing

I can imagine a third movie in which the events take place not long after “The Last Jedi”, with a tiny band of Resistance heroes aboard the Millennium Falcon.

All that set-up from the end of “The Last Jedi” with the growing young Force Users? Entirely wasted. There’s no chance to see Rey teaching the next generation of Jedi, because she doesn’t have the time.

What we need instead is a movie that’s set a few years in the future, with Rey as the leader of a young band of Jedi, Poe and Finn overseeing the Resistance, and Kylo Ren angrily commanding the First Order as it overtakes the galaxy.

Kylo Ren
Source: Lucasfilm

This is necessary to complete the character arcs for these characters, as the young, up-and-coming heroes become the people in charge of the galaxy’s ultimate destiny. “The Last Jedi” has cast aside the last remnants of the old status quo, and “Episode IX” can be about building something new in its place.

But, then, JJ Abrams is directing this new movie. We all know how much he hates having to do anything new and original!

Here’s hoping, this one time, that he’ll manage to make it through an entire movie without stealing ideas from something that’s come before. I really don’t need to see a remake of “Return of the Jedi”.

Not unless the movie will bring back Ewoks, that is. I love those guys!