Disney Failed With Star Wars Episode IX
Disney delivered two of their mega finale events in 2019. The first was Avengers: Endgame, and the second one was Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Both of these franchises have quite a lot of similarities but Episode IX and Endgame showed us that Disney actually tried to work the same formula twice and failed miserably the second time. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker did bring in $1.073 Billion worldwide, so in no way is it a financial failure. But the fans were totally disappointed with what really happened in the finale event of Star Wars. We will discuss the reason why Episode IX failed even though it used the exact same formula that Avengers: Endgame did.
Avengers: Endgame came after a buildup of 21 movies. Everyone was emotionally invested in the movie and that is why the marketing of the film was able to lure the audience with as little footage as possible. That’s why the final battle of the film felt like an emotional roller coaster. Thor, Tony & Cap Assemble to take on Thanos – an emotional high! It still wasn’t enough. Thanos takes down Tony & Thor – an emotional low. Cap lifts the hammer & almost beats Thanos – high. Thanos breaks his shield – “Impossible”! Avengers Assemble – High. Thanos destroys the van – low. Within a matter of seconds, we were hit by so many emotional warheads at once.
Come to the final battle of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Once could argue that this was shamelessly copied from Endgame. When all hopes seemed to be lost, instead of the Avengers, a bunch of ships came in. But that moment was nowhere as great as Endgame because we had no connection to any of the rebels who showed up to fight except for a couple of individuals. In fact, these were ships. We didn’t even see people in it. How are the people supposed to feel an emotional high when they have no connection to the ones showing up for the battle.
Ben Solo reaches Exogal to fight then Knights of the Ren. Till this point, all we’ve heard is that Knights of Ren are proficient fighters. But that hasn’t been explored. There is no backstory here. People don’t know the stakes involved in this fight. Instead of the Knights of Ren, the movie may have used a bunch of faceless Stormtroopers and things wouldn’t have made any difference whatsoever.
Then there’s the whole plot of Emperor Palpatine. He shows up out of nowhere. His return was hyped throughout the marketing (the marketing formula was also copied by Endgame). But the movie kept the explanation of his return as vague as possible. Then in the final battle, the whole “I’m all the Sith & I’m all the Jedi” moment had no impact whatsoever. That’s because we’ve already seen it be handled in a much better way. It wasn’t original.
What we’re getting at is that in no way was Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker really set up by its previous 2 films. The last two films were about Emperor Snoke. It had a couple set ups with didn’t pan out in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. And things that needed set ups were not even hinted at. Emperor Palpatine felt forced into the story. It almost felt like there was a whole movie missing between Episode VIII & IX. The Last Jedi in no way did what Avengers: Infinity War did for Avengers: Endgame.
Endgame on the other hand was beautifully set up by The Avengers, Age of Ultron, Infinity War and a few other films. We know what was at stake when Thanos returned to battle in Endagme. The same cannot be said for Palpatine. Thanos had wiped out half the Universe and the Avengers had fought to restore that back. So, things felt real in this fictional world. But all we saw in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was just massive CGI noise. It’s sad to see how Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker failed at pulling off an Endgame.