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RIP Gary Kurtz, One of the Fundamental Figures of Star Wars' Early History RIP Gary Kurtz, One of the Fundamental Figures of Star Wars' Early History

Gary Kurtz, the producer who helped shape the early years of Star Wars and eventually Empire Strikes Back, has passed away at the age of 78.

This Theory Shows Why C-3PO Is the Secret Hero of Star Wars

In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (aka Star Wars), C-3PO lays this self-deprecating confession on Luke Skywalker: “I’m not so good at telling stories.” Yet, two films later, he’s literally telling the story of Star Wars to a bunch of Ewoks. C-3PO might seem like a bumbling idiot, but in this video we show why he’s…

Postal Apocalypse: What Will the Marvel Cinematic Universe Look Like After Avengers 4? Postal Apocalypse: What Will the Marvel Cinematic Universe Look Like After Avengers 4?

So immediately upon re-opening up the mailbag last week, I got sick. Turns out maybe you shouldn’t leave a bag in an irradiated wasteland for a year and then immediately start sticking your hand in there. But no matter! This week: How to protect your budding nerd children, a Star Trek special effects dilemma, and the…

Disney's CEO Agrees That Maybe One Star Wars Movie a Year Is a Bit Too Much Disney's CEO Agrees That Maybe One Star Wars Movie a Year Is a Bit Too Much

The Star Wars movies under Disney’s purview have ranged from excellent expansions to the franchise to perfectly fine—opinions may vary of course, but there hasn’t really been a generally poorly-received one. There has been quite a lot of them though, with even more on the way. But Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger says…

The Star Wars Galaxy Can't Stop Murdering Rogue One Characters The Star Wars Galaxy Can't Stop Murdering Rogue One Characters

Beneath the murky patina of its war movie aesthetic, Rogue One is ultimately a film about the power of hope, an idealistic legacy that Star Wars has long championed. But it also feels like its immediate legacy more relates to the fact that the movie managed to kill off its primary cast, because Star Wars media can’t…

Sam Witwer on the Enduring Legacy of Darth Maul, From The Phantom Menace to Solo 

For many casual Star Wars fans, Darth Maul has spent the last decade-plus being the bad guy with the rad double lightsaber in The Phantom Menace. So when he showed up in Solo, it was the first time some had seen him in years. But for Sam Witwer, it was the chance to bring his animated take on Maul to the big screen.

Unintentionally Creepy Halloween Costumes, Space Rovers, and All the Best Toys You Missed This Week Unintentionally Creepy Halloween Costumes, Space Rovers, and All the Best Toys You Missed This Week

Ending the week without a list of new ways to blow your paycheck just feels wrong, so welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of the coolest toys we’ve seen on the internet. This week we’ve got some Star Wars-themed costume ideas that will unintentionally terrify your neighborhood, a fun Squirrel Girl doll…

Jon Kasdan's 'Useless' Solo Notes: The Good, the Cool, and the Problematic Jon Kasdan's 'Useless' Solo Notes: The Good, the Cool, and the Problematic

I liked Solo. Others did not. And that divisive nature continues now that the film is available for home viewing. To celebrate the digital release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, co-writer Jon Kasdan took to Twitter to reveal 52 notes he had on the film. They offer a fascinating, yet problematic, view of the film.

The Latest Star Wars Resistance Video Introduces New Characters and Has Some Tantalizing Teases The Latest Star Wars Resistance Video Introduces New Characters and Has Some Tantalizing Teases

Star Wars Resistance is just messing with us at this point, and we’re absolutely here for it.

Postal Apocalypse: Will Fan Toxicity Ever Get Better? Postal Apocalypse: Will Fan Toxicity Ever Get Better?

Hello, all! It’s your friendly neighborhood postman, except I’m not that friendly, there are no more neighborhoods since I live in the post-apocalypse, and also I’m a fake postman anyway. It’s been a year since I last answered your letters, so let’s just get to it—it being the futures of Star Wars: Episode IX,…

Watch Han Solo Fly a TIE Fighter in a Deleted Scene From Solo Watch Han Solo Fly a TIE Fighter in a Deleted Scene From Solo

So that’s what “having a mind of my own” meant.

Watch the Cast of Solo Geek Out When Jumping to Hyperspace Watch the Cast of Solo Geek Out When Jumping to Hyperspace

One of my favorite moments in Solo: A Star Wars Story is when Han first experiences hyperspace. As Lando and L3 make the jump, the camera moves to the side of Han’s face and he’s just elated. We, the audience, are just as excited—we know where this character will go, and how important this moment is to him.

What the Solo: A Star Wars Story Novelization Adds to the Movie What the Solo: A Star Wars Story Novelization Adds to the Movie

Star Wars novelizations have a long history of expanding on and enhancing the movies they adapt—whether through new material added to clarify moments in a film’s narrative unseen on screen, or to give us insight into earlier iterations of the final product. Mur Lafferty’s Solo novelization is no exception. Here are a…

Sam Witwer Is Surprised and Delighted to Keep Returning to His Major Star Wars Role Sam Witwer Is Surprised and Delighted to Keep Returning to His Major Star Wars Role

Just when you think you’re out, the galaxy far, far away keeps pulling you right back in.

PSA: You Can Now Legally Watch Solo: A Star Wars Story's Big Cameo Online PSA: You Can Now Legally Watch Solo: A Star Wars Story's Big Cameo Online

The major character cameo at the end of Solo is one of the most intriguing things to happen to the Star Wars film universe. Now, even if you missed the movie, you can watch the clip online.

This Video Uses the Power of Deepfakes to Re-Capture This Character's Cameo Appearance in Rogue One This Video Uses the Power of Deepfakes to Re-Capture This Character's Cameo Appearance in Rogue One

Who wins: a multibillion-dollar film studio, or a YouTuber with a computer and the right tech?

Spider-Punk Does Whatever a Spider-Punk Can in the Best Toys of the Week Spider-Punk Does Whatever a Spider-Punk Can in the Best Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of the coolest toys we’ve seen on the internet. This week, Spider-Punk rocks out, Overwatch’s D.Va adds another sweet piece of merch to her highlight reel, a very cool Star Wars set, and...Barbie’s craziest ride yet? Check it out!

The Washington Post's Analysis of Star Wars' Toxic Fandom Doesn't Go Deep Enough The Washington Post's Analysis of Star Wars' Toxic Fandom Doesn't Go Deep Enough

This morning, the Washington Post published an article titled “Who hates Star Wars for its newfound diversity? Here are the numbers.” It comes to the perhaps unsurprising conclusion that, as ferocious as it has become lately, the toxic subculture that has developed in Star Wars fandom is a vocal minority. But its…

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