How Does the New Star Wars Canon Work?

What is the official Star Wars canon?

What is the official Star Wars canon? 

With strong roots in the Roman Catholic Church, canon is considered ‘the law', ‘the way things are' and ‘the facts'.

Canon in terms of movies and comics and the like is these concepts laid out in a road map of sorts. For instance, it's canon that Superman comes from the planet Krypton. That's just the fact of the matter.

An alternative universe story that suggests he was born on Earth and lived in Russia might be a cool story but it is not considered canon.

There has been a lot of talk about what is now considered canon in the Star Wars universe. Maybe too much talk.

The Comic Book guy types are up in arms because they think their favourite blue faced villain suddenly doesn't exist any more.

Get over, it was just a book! Just a book….

But seriously, the powers that be at Disney and Lucasfilm have decreed the new trilogy serves an opportune time to revisit the Star Wars canon:

This is the new canon:

  • The 6 movies
  • The entire Clone Wars series
  • The entire Rebels series
  • Any new novels
  • The new movies
  • Any new comics
This is to say that any thing mentioned in those realms is canon. A character may have had a brief moment in one of those components but if their back story was explained in a novel somewhere, that story no longer is official canon.

All the prior expanded universe novels will have there place under the sun known under the ‘Legends' banner – they will still be able to be brought and read over and over again.

Obviously, if the makers of the new official canon want to add elements from these works into the new Star Wars works, there is nothing to stop them from doing so.

So good news in that sense for those Thrawn fans, he is now official canon having debuted in Season Three of the Star Wars Rebels show.

So yes, you still could see Mara Jade one day….

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