May the 4th is always a time to check in on the Star Wars fan in your life because there’s a chance they are irrationally excited about the prospect of just saying “May the 4th Be With You” all day long with a little sly grin on their face. Fandom is great in this way and this specific date, which just happens to closely, verbally represent the iconic tagline for the franchise, is a cool day to celebrate the Star Wars universe. And in honor of the day, Disney+ has been unveiling some visually impressive art for the movies on the platform. It’s a nice little hat tip to the franchise and the fans.
In honor of May 4th, the entire Star Wars movie catalog on Disney+ got a new look. It’s worth checking out the color schemes alone which appear much more vibrant and definitely stand out on the front pages of the streaming app. But there’s also a theme of reenvisioning the characters in a different style, removing actresses and actors in favor of a more graphically detailed approach. Trending along with the #MayThe4thBeWithYou hashtag on Twitter, users @StarWarsAlways and others were able to pile them all together to get a clean, chronological look at all the films. Check out what Disney+ has up on the platform right now.
Through the years, May the 4th has become something of an unofficial holiday for the Star Wars franchise, uniting fans in their love of the universe and using it as a day to honor the stories and characters. It’s an organic thing in this way, but something the folks over at Disney and Lucasfilm are acutely aware of, and as they should be. It doesn’t seem like they officially gave the day as the reason for the updated movie title looks, but it’s clearly done on purpose.
And there’s almost no better time to be a Star Wars fan than right now. It’s a reinvigorated franchise on the back of what Disney+ has been putting out there in recent years. Following the somewhat controversial and muddled events of The Rise of Skywalker, it wasn’t totally clear how the franchise would move forward with a cohesive and strong storyline. But then The Mandalorian changed all that.
The show has sparked a new interest in the Star Wars world through a television show around a rather secondary character. But moving the stories to the small screen and giving a more intimate and “smaller” look at the universe gave the franchise just what it needed, an identity. And now there are so many initiatives in the works that Star Wars, as a whole, is almost bigger than it’s ever been.
The Mandalorian is coming back for a third season, Obi-Wan Kenobi is getting his own story that will fill in that timeline, Ahsoka Tona is joining the ranks, and Rangers of the New Republic are coming as well. These are just some of the projects, not to mention new movies and much more. It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan and May the 4th is a great day to celebrate it all. Check out the new looks on Disney+ in honor of the day.