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Yet fans and bloggers are beginning to realize how the series is following the MCU blueprint. In Season Two, Mando is obviously putting his own Avengers together, meeting a group of diverse heroes – and anti-heroes – that will eventually unite against a Big Bad, Thrawn, which is this show’s Thanos. After the polarized reaction to The Last Jedi, Disney began to grow concerned about Star Wars.
While 2015’s The Force Awakens was able to reel back in fans, becoming the biggest box-office hit in U.S. history, director Rian Johnson’s polarizing 2017 sequel waved a huge red flag that something was terribly wrong. I am told that Feige was brought in to assist, to help shape the franchise’s future on Disney+.
Like Feige’s MCU movies, The Mandalorian borrows characters and elements from past and present, even from the Star Wars Expanded Universe, which was thought to be no longer canon. Feige is a lifelong Star Wars fan; he loves Star Wars more than Marvel Comics, actually, and “let the past die” is not a philosophy he agrees with.
The Mandalorian is so unlike the Disney’s new Star Wars trilogy in so many aspects, a number of which a la the MCU reveal tight long-term planning and a contemporary take on ’80s-styled science-fiction adventure that is largely more upbeat and nostalgic than the stiff pretensions that stopped the works of J.J. Abrams and Johnson from soaring where they should. Part of this is due to what Favreau learned from directing the MCU’s initial blast, 2008’s Iron Man, which Feige produced like all of the succeeding Marvel Studios movies.