An unconfirmed and potentially bogus internet rumor suggests Disney may reset the entire “Star Wars” cinematic universe, erasing “The Force Awakens,” “The Last Jedi” and “Rise of Skywalker” from the main timeline of events.
The rumor — which comes from the a YouTube channel — suggests there’s some inner turmoil at Disney about the new direction of the “Star Wars” franchise. (The YouTuber previously reported “Rise of Skywalker” spoilers and details about the “Captain Marvel” sequel.)
The entire report is unconfirmed and unlikely. But let’s talk about the details for a second and see what it might mean for the “Star Wars” franchise going forward.
So, the rumor suggests Disney would use a concept from “Star Wars Rebels” to erase the events of the sequel trilogy, making them their own alternate universe and their own timeline of events.
How would it work? “Star Wars Rebels” introduced an idea called the Veil of the Force, which was a mythical dimension that connects time and space together. It helps you see the past and future events. Disney would use the concept to change the series, according to the YouTuber’s theory.
Here are some “Rebels” clips that could help you understand the “Veil of the Force.” In the scenes, Emperor Palpatine nearly gained entrance to the Jedi temple through the Veil of the Force.
How the ‘Veil of the Force’ can change ‘Star Wars’
OK. So. The rumor suggests Disney would use the Veil of the Force to make the entire sequel trilogy an alternate universe, creating a timeline of events that could have occurred if certain things happened differently. It would no longer be the canon storyline.
How would this happen? Here’s where the details are a little sketchy. But it starts with Emperor Palpatine, who reportedly had a room on the Second Death Star called the “Room of Mirrors.” The mirrors were used to perform Sith rituals. For example, Palpatine reportedly used the mirrors to manipulate the Force so the Jedi Council could not see that Chancellor Palpatine was Darth Sidious in the prequel trilogy, according to Cosmic Book News.
Palpatine — this rumor suggests — used the mirrors again when Darth Vader threw him down the shaft at the end of “Return of the Jedi.” He opened a portal in the Veil of the Force and ended up on Exegol, the planet where we find him in “The Rise of Skywalker.” This explains why he’s damaged but not completely dead in that film, according to the YouTuber’s theory.
Disney — in order to reset the universe — would (probably? maybe? who knows?) create a scene where someone stops Palpatine from arriving on Exegol, making it so he dies at the end of “Return of the Jedi” as originally intended, according to the YouTuber’s theory.
Palpatine dies then and there. No more manipulating events. No more First Order. No more dark idea influence on Ben Solo.
The sequel trilogy exists on its own as its own product.
What this would mean
This would make the sequel trilogy its own timeline of events, sort of like the “Star Wars Legends” novels, which were written and published before Disney bought “Star Wars.”
It would create a multiverse of “Star Wars” events. So what happened in the sequel trilogy is different than what happened in “Legends,” and it would be different compared to whatever happens next.
Now, this isn’t to say the events of the sequel trilogy wouldn’t happen. Rey’s parents were likely alive by the time Palpatine died in”ROTJ.” So they would still try to hide Rey. But the First Order, Snoke and the events that stem from that might change because Palpatine didn’t exist.
Should you believe this rumor?
Take any rumor with a grain of salt. It’d be hard to believe Disney would invest millions and make billions off a franchise just to reset everything.
That said, Disney has already deemed the old expanded universe novels as “Legends,” so there’s already an escape route and precedent for there to be alternate universes for “Star Wars.”
There’s even more proof to this theory in the sequel trilogy, funny enough. In “Last Jedi,” Rey jumps into the dark side cave where she sees mirror images of herself. in “Rise of Skywalker, she sees Dark Rey — a version of herself consumed by the dark side. We never really get a good explanation of this. But deeming these little moments as signs of alternate universes would be a nice and neat way of tying it all together.
But this raises questions about “The Mandalorian” and “Star Wars Resistance,” two shows that take place after “Return of the Jedi.” Are those two series canon? How does this work for future products? Will Disney fuddle the timeline so that everything and nothing are all “Star Wars” at once?
And would there be fan backlash? Sure, not every fan loves the sequel trilogy. But let’s say you erase it completely. Will people be even angrier that the sequel trilogy was basically a waste of time?
There isn’t a lot of “Star Wars” content right now. We’re still waiting on “The High Republic” novels and film news is hard to come by. For now, all we can do is speculate about the future.