There is no doubt that Star Wars: The Last Jedi may be the most divisive chapter in the saga to date. With some claiming it is the series best and others feeling it was terrible. Many were upset that it avoided Supreme Leader Snoke’s back story, claimed Rey’s parents were nobodies, and its portrayal of Luke Skywalker. In fact some have even asked that the film should be stricken from the official canon, which Star Wars: Episode IX director J.J. Abrams has dismissed.
The director has announced that these complaints will not impact the film when moving forward. In an interview with IndieWire Abrams commented on how the complaints will impact the film,
“Not in the least. There’s a lot that I would like to say about it, but I feel like it’s a little early to be having the Episode IX conversation … I will say that the story of Rey and Poe and Finn and Kylo Ren — and if you look, there are three men and one woman, to those that are complaining that there are too many women in Star Wars — their story continues in a way that I couldn’t be more excited about and cannot wait for people to see.”
This is bound to be met with further anger from fans hoping to see Abrams change the story elements from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. We should also note that Abrams also commented on how some reacted to the film’s female stars,
“If you are someone who feels threatened by women and needs to lash out against them, you can probably find an enemy in Star Wars. You can probably look at the first movie that George [Lucas] did and say that Leia was too outspoken, or she was too tough. Anyone who wants to find a problem with anything can find the problem. The internet seems to be made for that.”
But Abrams does not have anything against these fans as he admitted that the Star Wars fan base is very passionate about the series,
“Certainly something I discovered early on in the Star Wars world, is that you’re going to have an incredibly passionate and vocal fanbase, and they’re all going to have a lot of specific opinions.”
It will be very interesting to see how the story of Episode IX is affected by The Last Jedi. But for now we will have to wait some time for that.
Star Wars Episode IX will release in theaters on December 20, 2019.