With the recent rumors that production on Star Wars: Episode VII might begin this month in London, England, the latest Star Wars movie is on everyone’s mind, and with good reason. Episode VII will be the first live-action Star Wars movie in theaters since Revenge of the Sith in 2005. It will also be the first Star Wars movie not directed by George Lucas since Richard Marquand took the helm of Return of the Jedi in 1983. Lastly, Episode VII will also be the first of many new Star Wars movies planned by Disney. Needless to say, Star Wars is an important piece of pop culture at the moment.
So when comedian Patton Oswalt made a cameo appearance on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, he pleasantly surprised everyone by delivering an impromptu filibuster mashing up Star Wars: Episode VII and The Avengers to describe the ultimate geek movie. The Star Wars filibuster has been animated before, but this version is far more consistent and entertaining. The opening scroll at the beginning of every Star Wars film is pretty interesting, and would make a good introduction to a real Star Wars movie.
The opening scroll for The Gauntlet of Infinity describes Luke Skywalker as the leader of a new galaxy without Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, but after 30 years of peace, a new disturbance in the Force emerges. Also, starting off the movie with the resurrection of Boba Fett is a nice touch, but linking the Marvel universe with the Star Wars universe through Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet is pure genius.
If Disney actually greenlit this version of Episode VII, it would have to be one of the most expensive movies ever made. Getting all of the Star Wars characters and the Marvel characters (plus the Greek gods and monsters from Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans) is an impossible undertaking that could only happen in a fantasy world. But if it did, it would be something worth watching, if only for the sheer spectacle.
The only way it could get more ridiculous is if you add Jaegers and Kaiju from Pacific Rim into the mix. Imagine if Luke Skywalker and Han Solo had to pilot Gipsy Danger for one heroic action sequence. I think geeks would just die from pure joy.
At this point, anything is possible for Star Wars: Episode VII. Michael Arndt and J.J. Abrams could take the sequel trilogy in a new direction, but it’s extremely unlikely they’ll go the Patton Oswalt route (although it would be very cool to see). For now, everything is rumor and speculation.
Star Wars: Episode VII will hit theaters everywhere sometime during the summer of 2015.