May the Fourth be with you. No, it isn’t a lisp. It’s the fact that the most famous quote from Star Wars sounds eerily similar to saying May 4 out loud. As such, it has become known as Star Wars Day around the world.
Fans should note that this is the first time Disney+ has been around for a Star Wars Day. Although everyone is quarantined at home, Disney isn’t letting that opportunity slip by. On May 4, it will be releasing a host of new content onto its streaming platform—including the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga—“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”
The Grand Finale
Star Wars fans are still getting used to having their favorite movies and TV shows at their fingertips. Previously, watching the iconic films meant buying or renting them on DVD or Blu-Ray. When Disney+ launched last November, they made their streaming debut.
Still, the Skywalker Saga wasn’t complete.
“The Rise of Skywalker” didn’t arrive in theaters until the end of December. Under normal circumstances, it would still be months away from streaming on Disney+. However, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the House of Mouse has moved up many of its multimedia plans.
Episode IX was already released early in a digital format last month. Now, it will launch worldwide on Disney’s streaming platform about two months before it was originally scheduled to.
Fans have had mixed reactions about the last act in the sequel trilogy. Still, love it or hate it, having all nine of the main Star Wars movies in one place is incredible.
Even More Star Wars
The addition of “The Rise of Skywalker” is certainly cause for celebration. However, it is far from the only Star Wars content hosted on Disney+.
Fans can also find the spinoff theatrical film “Rogue One” and the 2008 animated “Clone Wars” movie. Sadly, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” won’t be on Disney+ until July because Netflix still holds its streaming rights.
Alongside the movies, Disney is celebrating May 4 with several other new releases. It also plans to debut an eight-part documentary series called “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian.” The series will go behind-the-scenes to reveal how the eponymous show was created.
The final episode of season seven of the long-running animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” will also arrive on May 4.
If that still isn’t enough Star Wars, fear you shall not. Disney plans to let the beloved franchise take over its streaming service in honor of Star Wars Day. It will open up a special hub for all nine of the Star Wars films complete with an animated hyperspace tunnel effect when users enter it. Along with this, the cover preview of each piece of Star Wars content will be updated with original concept art from designers who worked on the series, including Ralph McQuarrie and Doug Chiang.
It’s a fitting way to celebrate Star Wars Day that will let many people temporarily escape into a galaxy far, far away.