Long before Deadpool’s self-aware epigrams made Twitter threads and GIF websites, The Simpsons was the undisputed authority on fourth-wall-breaking with over three decades of crossovers, historical rewrites, and multiverse-traveling shenanigans. The show has gone from alerting Jack Bauer to a stink bomb in Springfield’s school cafeteria to giving Mr. Burns’s teddy bear a Nazi reimagining and predicting the outcome of the 2016 United States presidential election. And now Maggie, Homer and Marge Simpson’s gregarious one-year-old, is celebrating Star Wars Day 2021 by turning her local daycare into a Jedi Master’s playroom, battling fellow Padawans, Sith Lords, Rebels, and the occasional droid in search of her missing pacifier. Based on the poster, the pacifier is imbued with the powers of the Force, and who knows what else. A Simpsons-only Darth Maul will also be featuring in the short, alongside BB-8 and some version of the Death Star.
Maggie Simpson in The Force Awakens From Its Nap comes out on Disney+ on May the 4th at exactly 12 am PT, along with two sets of official artwork, interactive specials Star Wars Biomes and Star Wars Vehicle Flythroughs, and the first episode of animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch, about a group of Clone Troopers with genetically enhanced abilities. Maggie Simpson in The Force Awakens From Its Nap is the first Simpsons film to release under the Disney-ABC banner.
The Simpsons crossover isn’t all that is in store for the future. Lucasfilm has a busy next couple of years ahead, with seven television spinoffs, a new season of The Mandalorian, four confirmed movies, a possible Rian Johnson sequel-trilogy, two anthologies, and one new LEGO Star Wars game incoming. Aside from Star Wars: The Bad Batch, The Book of Boba Fett is next in line to hit Disney+ after The Mandalorian, serving as a direct sequel to the second season finale. The Book of Boba Fett has Aquaman’s Temuera Morrison and Stargate Universe’s Ming-Na Wen reprising their roles as Jango’s adopted son Boba and elite mercenary Fennec Shand, respectively.
Fellow Mandalorian spinoffs Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic currently have no release dates, but are expected to come out following the third season of The Mandalorian. Obi-Wan Kenobi’s solo miniseries set 10 years after the battle at Mustafar has no release date either, same as The Acolyte, but Rogue One: A Star Wars Story prequel series Andor will debut on the streaming service next year. Andor is a “tense, nail-biting thriller” chronicling rebel spy Cassian Andor’s (Diego Luna) life before meeting Jyn Erso.
Rogue Squadron, Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins’s first official stab at adapting Star Wars lore, is the next Star Wars film to come out after 2019’s Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker. Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi was recently tapped to direct his own Star Wars movie, while Kevin Feige and J.D. Dillard are rumored to be helming their own sometime soon. Unfortunately, everything else is speculation at this point. The Simpsons, on the other hand, is on its 32nd year of broadcasting, and only going strong. The show was previously owned by 20th Century Fox but was handed over to Disney following the company’s acquisition of Fox’s television and movie properties. It’s currently being distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.
Unlike The Simpsons, which seems to get an extra life with every new season, most of the aforementioned Star Wars properties won’t be released on Star Wars Day. But hey — with so much content already packed into the next three to five years, every day might as well be May the 4th.