Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Marvel Editor Talks About Working With Lucasfilm on 'Star Wars' Comics

By: Dominic Jones

It's been just over two years since the Star Wars comics license returned to Marvel comics.  One of the people who has been instrumental in the new comics that have been released over the past two years is editor Jordan D. White.  White spoke with IGN's Joshual Yehl recently about what it's been like working with Lucasfilm, how the two company's philosophies towards storytelling differ, and how Marvel has adapted to working with Lucasfilm.

White said about working with Lucasfilm,
"We probably don’t push the exact Marvel processes as much as we do, because we’ve adapted more to Lucasfilm’s ways as well. Marvel and Lucasfilm both have very different philosophies of how to approach coming up with stories, and how to approach continuity especially. So I think when we started out, we were like, well, here’s how we work, and they were like, oh, interesting. And over time we’ve both learned about how each other do it, and we’ve come up with a way that works with both of us."

He also spoke about what it's like telling stories in eras with fixed time periods, such as the main Marvel Star Wars series which is set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and if that series will eventually move into the era between Empire and Return of the Jedi saying,

"Definitely, eventually, we’ll have to abandon this period. That’s a whole Lucasfilms philosophy versus Marvel philosophy, because, again, like I said before, you tell an infinite number of Spider-Man stories and you say, you know what, he still hasn’t reached his 30 birthday. He never will, probably. Except in, like, weird side stories. We can tell an infinite number of stories that all take place between 15 and 25. So, on that level, I wanna be able to say, no, we can just tell stories forever, set in that period. In real life, we can’t. We will absolutely need to stop telling stories there. Whether or not that will immediately be followed by stories between Empire and Jedi, that’s more up in the air, I think, whatever is the best thing to do. I would like to change eras, but I don’t know if that’s what we will end up doing in that moment, because, who knows, at that point it might be better to move to post-Jedi, it might be better to focus on, I mean, who knows when that’ll be, right? By then, we might need to focus on post Episode XII stuff."

Marvel currently has three ongoing Star Wars series (Star Wars, Darth Vader, and Poe Dameron), with an upcoming mini-series adapting the novel Thrawn starting in February, and new one-shot about DJ coming out this week.

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