The Star Wars franchise loves a trilogy. From the moment George Lucas kicked off the iconic original trilogy with Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) to the conclusion of the sequel trilogy, Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019), trilogies have been the lifeblood of the Skywalker Saga.
Now, a new report has shared that Star Wars and Marvel Comics crossover series “War of the Bounty Hunters” — and the upcoming “Crimson Reign” series — will be joined by a third series called “The Hidden Empire”, rounding out a brand new trilogy for Star Wars fans.
And the best part? It’s all canon.
“War of the Bounty Hunters” has featured a number of popular characters, including Han Solo (Harrison Ford/Alden Ehrenreich), Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew/Joonas Suotamo), Qi’Ra (Emilia Clarke), Jabba the Hutt, Doctor Aphra — rumored to be played by Chloe Bennet in her live-action debut — and, of course, bounty hunters like Bossk and the notorious Boba Fett.
Where the first two series in this new Star Wars trilogy sought to fill in the gaps between the events of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) — namely what happened to Han Solo’s carbonite-encased body as he traversed the galaxy in a bizarre game of hot potato — details are unclear about where “The Hidden Empire” will fit into the Star Wars timeline, though it is likely to take place in the same general era.
It is important to note that neither Marvel nor Lucasfilm have officially commented on the project.
Previously, Star Wars writer Charles Soule shared details about his upcoming “Crimson Reign” project, teasing what fans can expect from the five-issue comic book miniseries, which is slated to release on December 1, 2021 — a delay from its original November 3 release date:
“I planned to tell the story we’re seeing in War of the Bounty Hunters from the very first pitches I wrote when I knew I’d be taking over the Star Wars title for Marvel. But it was really when I knew I had a secret weapon to deploy storywise that the seeds of Crimson Reign began to take root in my mind: Qi’ra, former paramour of Han Solo and current leader of the infamous Crimson Dawn crime syndicate, as portrayed by Emilia Clarke in Solo: A Star Wars Story film. While Qi’ra plays a huge part in War of the Bounty Hunters, that event is really a Boba Fett story. I have a bigger story I’m going to tell with Qi’ra and Crimson Dawn, and it’s all connected to the reasons she kicked things off in War of the Bounty Hunters in the first place. You’ll learn more about that in the closing pages of War of the Bounty Hunters #5, out in October, and I think fans have no idea how exciting and new this story will feel.”
Although details about “The Hidden Empire” are not yet known, it is likely that the series will explore the connection between the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate and Emperor Palpatine’s (Ian McDiarmid) Galactic Empire.
Fans online are already coming up with their own theories, with Reddit user register writing:
Good! They have an end in mind. I’m curious to see how they wrap this all up.
War of the Bounty Hunters
I like it. Hidden Empire gives me “Shadows of the Empire” vibes. I’m wondering if we’ll ever get an adaptation of that story in this one. I’d love to see Xizor adapted for canon!
Another user, mildmichigan, is hoping for a Sith Eternal storyline, perhaps even one that involves Ren — the original leader of the Knights of Ren and Kylo Ren’s (Adam Driver) murder victim — who is playing an increasingly larger role in the Star Wars story:
Sith Eternal would make a ton of sense, since we know Palpatine is gonna be involved in Crimson Reign and Ren, who’s supposedly from the Unknown Regions
What do you think “The Hidden Empire” will be about?