Star Wars: Visions Is Coming Back
An industry insider claims Star Wars: Visions is returning for a third season.
On May 4, Season 2 of the animated series Star Wars: Visions was released on Disney+. As reported by The Direct, industry insider Jeff Sneider said the same day on The Hot Mic podcast that Season 3 of Visions was already in the works. Another season of Star Wars: Visions would, for many fans, be a welcome addition to the packed slate of Star Wars movies and shows speeding their way.
The tip is not official, but according to Sneider’s sources, Lucasfilm plans to continue its greatest narrative experiment. Star Wars: Visions is an anthology series that employs animation studios from around the world to deliver unique, short-form stories set in a galaxy far, far away.
A group of Japanese animation studios created the first season of Star Wars: Visions. Season 2 expanded to include animation houses from all over the world with guidance from Lucasfilm, the studio’s craft stories and styles inspired by Star Wars that are not restricted to the franchise’s official canon.
The creative liberty afforded to the filmmakers behind Star Wars: Visions has allowed for beautiful, striking, and odd stories to blossom in a franchise that is more often guided by a heavy corporate hand with an eye on marketing potential. Season 2 continues that innovative trend, much to the enjoyment of Star Wars fans burnt out by a perceived lack of risk-taking in canonical Star Wars narratives.
The announcement of Season 2 of Star Wars: Visions comes as a surprise; the show was well-received but did not even approach the popularity of a show like The Mandalorian. That makes the tip that Season 3 is already in the works, even before the reception of Season 2 can be measured, shocking.
Star Wars: Visions is a departure from the strict interconnectedness the franchise has worked to build among its various movies and shows. Waning support for the franchise may be at the heart Lucasfilm’s choice to keep Star Wars: Visions going.
The recent announcements at Star Wars Celebration represented a clear shift in direction for the franchise. Several projects, such as Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron, have been dropped in favor of new stories and new directors.
James Mangold will jump far into the past to explore the origins of the Jedi in a new film. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will direct Daisy Ridley in her return as Rey to rebuild the Jedi Order in the first story post-Skywalker saga.
Other projects will continue to fill in the gaps between existing movies and shows but with projects like Star Wars: Visions, the studio is expanding the rich lore of Star Wars to uncharted places.
That is good news for a franchise that has largely been crushed by the weight of its own shadow. Star Wars: Visions contains some of the boldest swings Star Wars has taken since Genndy Tartakovsky’s 2003 animated Clone Wars series, shedding the expectations set by the stories that started it all.
Since Disney purchased Lucasfilm and reignited the Star Wars franchise in 2012, there has been much discussion among creators and fans about the essence of Star Wars. A decade later, there is still no consensus, and there likely never will be. Explorations of different interpretations may be Lucasfilm’s best path forward, and that is exactly what Star Wars: Visions allows.
If the series does return for a third season, Lucasfilm will earn serious brownie points with its fans, who are eager to see the franchise evolve in bold, fascinating ways. The future is always uncertain, but the Force is strong with Star Wars: Visions.