Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed what everyone has been thinking for some time now: There have been too many Star Wars movies.
Speaking with BBC radio, Iger was asked if there had been too many Marvel Studios and Star Wars films in rapid succession. To no one’s surprise, he said that Marvel is “doing sensationally well,” but admitted Star Wars may be having an issue.
“I have said publicly that I think we made and released too many films over a short period of time,” Iger said. “I have not said that they were disappointing in any way. I’ve not said that I’m disappointed in their performance. I just think that there’s something so special about a Star Wars film, and less is more.”
Following the release of The Rise of Skywalker in December, there is going to be a major gap in the film side of Star Wars. With David Benioff and D.B. Weiss having departed their trilogy, there are no Star Wars films currently in the works. Rian Johnson is just merely in talks for more films.
This means that shows such as The Mandalorian on Disney Plus will be what is keeping the Star Wars fires burning for the foreseeable future. Luckily there are already two other series in the pipeline, and The Mandalorian has begun production on season 2.
Where Marvel films can try different genres, rotate characters, and so on, Star Wars is more about being epic and building anticipation. Seeing a film every year was just too much, and it seems like the right idea to give it a rest for a bit.
The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on Dec. 20.