In 2015, the Star Wars fan community (mostly) rejoiced with the release of director J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film — the first installment in the saga in a decade — resurrected the franchise, reintroduced classic characters and created an entirely new set of beloved heroes for moviegoers to fall in love with. Of course, the release of the film was the first move in Disney’s effort to kickstart a new era for the Star Wars saga, following its acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012.
Though the Mouse House has done an incredible job reviving enthusiasm for the series — especially in light of the divisive prequels — some of the business moves Disney has made come at a price. Smart business doesn’t always mesh with the desires of the franchise’s hardcore fans, and some of the changes that Disney has made to Star Wars as a brand so far, have no doubt inspired ire from a certain segment of the series’ longtime fanbase.