Jon Favreau has helped give us one of the best Star Wars stories we’ve ever had and there’s good reason to have a lot of faith in the guy when it comes to the franchise. After all, he’s handled a new character’s arc while fitting it deftly in with the original canon. But for all of the great stuff Favreau has brought to the universe he has some opinions on stuff that’s come before. So it isn’t a total surprise some rumors are floating around that Favreau plans to retcon parts (or all) of the Star Wars sequel trilogy with new shows and seasons he has lined up.
This latest Jon Favreau rumor (and it’s very much just a rumor at this point) has the director taking the upcoming Ahsoka show and using it as a vehicle to flip the narrative and events we saw during the Star Wars trilogy sequel. The events of the show, along with storylines in The Mandalorian will essentially be a way to rewrite and remove the Rey and other story arcs from existence in the galaxy. While it’s just a rumor, there are at least some signs that these latest string of shows on Disney+ don’t seem all that interested in referencing those movies as part of the timeline.
According to the YouTuber Doomcock, who’s had some wild theories in the past, Jon Favreau is working with a concept called the Veil of the Force which is probably best described as akin to the Multiverse in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s an alternate reality-like concept through the Force that connects Jedis. It would be used as a plot device to move the narrative of the upcoming shows away from what we saw in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. He cites evidence from supposed parts of Ahsoka’s pilot in which Ahsoka and Luke Skywalker have a conversation about Grogu (Baby Yoda) and his destiny.
Apparently, there are other signs that Jon Favreau wants to move these latest Disney+ series into a new direction. Namely, and this probably does hold some weight, that none of the characters or actors/actresses from the Star Wars sequels are anywhere to be found in The Mandalorian. Considering the timelines overlap to some degree and Star Wars typically works overtime to include everyone, not getting even a nod to those folks likely means at least something.
Adding fuel to this fire are the long-standing rumors that Jon Favreau was pretty unhappy with the events of the Star Wars sequels, The Rise of Skywalker in particular. Fans, by and large, hated the disconnected story and the ways Rey’s past was wrapped into a tidy bow for storytelling purposes. Favreau apparently channeled that same frustration and is working to undo some of the damage.
Whether this is a full pivot away from past Star Wars stories remains to be seen. But in terms of confidence in moving the franchise forward, Jon Favreau has definitely bought himself a ton of goodwill. For now, we’ll have to wait and see which direction things go. The Mandalorian Season 3 isn’t slated to come out until the end of the year and Ahsoka should come out right after. Their releases might end up spelling the *end* of the Star Wars sequel trilogies as part of the franchise canon.