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Star Wars New Canon

The Star Wars New Canon, also known as the Star Wars canon Universe or simply 'canon', refers to the current official timeline of the Star Wars franchise, encompassing films, television series, novels, comic books, video games, and other media. This new canon was established in 2014 when Disney+ purchased Lucasfilm, declaring that only the six films, the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and official media released after April 2014 would be part of the new canon, separating it from the previous Expanded Universe (now known as Star Wars Legends).

In the New Canon, the timeline begins with the Prequel Trilogy (Episodes I-III), which explore the origins of the Galactic Empire, the fall of the Jedi Order, and the rise of Darth Vader. The Original Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) continues the story with the Rebel Alliance's fight against the Empire and the redemption of Darth Vader. The Sequel Trilogy (Episodes VII-IX) follows the journey of the Resistance against the First Order, along with the struggles of the new generation of Force-wielders.

Several animated series play crucial roles in the New Canon, adding depth to the storyline and the characters while maintaining continuity with the movies. 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' helps to fill in the gaps between Episodes II and III, focusing on the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano. 'Star Wars Rebels' is set between Episodes III and IV and follows the origins of the Rebel Alliance. 'Star Wars Resistance' occurs before and during the events of the Sequel Trilogy, offering insights into the Resistance and the First Order dynamics.

The new canon novels provide additional stories that tie in with the movies and television series by focusing on characters from those mediums or introducing new ones. Some of the noteworthy novels include 'Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel', which is a prequel to the film 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story', and 'Star Wars: Bloodline', which focuses on Leia Organa prior to the events of Episode VII. The 'Aftermath' trilogy covers the period between Episodes VI and VII, offering insights into the rise of the First Order and the birth of the Resistance.

Recognizing the importance of the comic book medium for exploring stories in the Star Wars universe, Lucasfilm and Marvel Comics have released numerous comics that add depth to the New Canon. Significant titles include the ongoing 'Star Wars' and 'Darth Vader' series, which take place between the events of Episodes IV and V, as well as 'Poe Dameron', which is set before Episode VII.

Although many Star Wars video games exist, few are considered part of the New Canon. The most notable is 'Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order', which is set between Episodes III and IV and follows Cal Kestis, a surviving Jedi Padawan. Additionally, 'Star Wars: Battlefront II' features a campaign mode that takes place just after Episode VI and offers a new perspective on the events leading up to Episode VII.

The Star Wars New Canon offers a streamlined narrative experience that allows fans to dive deep into engaging stories while ensuring continuity and coherence across the franchise's media. While some fans may still appreciate and enjoy the stories from the previous Expanded Universe, the New Canon provides exciting opportunities for new adventures, surprises, and explorations within the beloved Star Wars galaxy.

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