How To Watch Every Star Wars Movie Before The Rise of Skywalker
The key to watching every Marvel movie before Endgame comes out is to start on April 5th and watch one movie each night. If you do, you will be ready for the debut of Avengers Endgame in theaters April 26th! Planning to go to the fan event? I am! Then you and I will want to begin April 4th
For this list, I’m going to start with release date and then add in the chronological order of the Star Wars Saga. The machete viewing order will be last. I’ve also added in some of the animated Star Wars shows, because some of those characters might possibly show up in the final film. Lightsabers ready? Grab your favorite movie snacks and find out how to watch every Star Wars movie before The Rise of Skywalker
Star Wars Movie Order by Release Date
If you want the original Star Wars experience, release date is the way to go. These are films only, but you can find my TV show recommendations in some of the other ways to watch the Star Wars saga. Here I have just the movies, in theatrical release order.
A New Hope (Episode IV)
The Empire Strikes Back (Episode V)
Return of the Jedi (Episode VI)
The Phantom Menace (Episode I)
Attack of the Clones (Episode II)
Revenge of the Sith (Episode III)
The Force Awakens (Episode VII)
Rogue One (A Star Wars Story)
The Last Jedi (Episode VIII)
Solo (A Star Wars Story)
Star Wars Chronological Order
When the time came to review the Marvel Movies to Watch Before Endgame, I was all about the chronological order. In terms of Star Wars, it is not my favorite since the prequels are not on my must see list. But incase you want to watch them in a way that makes the story linear, this is the Star Wars Saga in chronological order.
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (tv show)
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars Rebels (tv show)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars: A New Hope
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Star Wars Resistance (tv show)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Star Wars Machete Viewing Order
The Star Wars machete method refers to axing The Phantom Menace from the watch list. A lot of fans agree this is the weakest film in the entire franchise and not essential to understanding the storyline. If you are looking for the quickest refresher course this is the order you are looking for.
Attack of the Clones
Revenge of the Sith
Solo A Star Wars Story
Rogue One A Star Wars Story
A New Hope
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
The Force Awakens
The Last Jedi
My recommendation for what to watch before The Rise of Skywalker
My order is a little different than the ones above. Mainly because the prequels are my least favorite of all the films and for me are a one and done when it comes to watching. I know some people, friends even, that like the prequels. So I’m not hating on them they just aren’t my cup of bantha milk. Here is how I am refreshing my Star Wars knowledge before The Rise of Skywalker.
The Clone Wars
Star Wars Rebels
A New Hope
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
The Force Awakens
The Last Jedi
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Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker is in theaters December 20 2019
The Rise of Skywalker Final Trailer Breakdown
Rey is training on a forest planet. This could be Yavin IV, the forest moon of Endor, or a new planet. I’m hoping for Endor for nostalgia sake. This could also point to a training montage that will show us how strong Rey has become in the force since the last time we saw her.
That helmet she throws down should look familiar. Luke used one just like it during his training in A New Hope. It then cuts to her scaling an old enemy ship. This is a callback to The Force Awakens.
Lando is seen at the center of a gathering of The Resistance. I looked around for Hera Syndulla but I don’t see her… yet.
Next is a quick shot of Rose who has risen from a low level engineer to the head of the engineering corps. Behind her is Lieutenant Connix and Dominic Monaghan. We don’t know anything about his character yet but from this shot we assume he is on the side of the resistance.
Rey and Kylo are about to engage in an epic lightsaber dual atop the wreckage of the second Death Star. She makes a comment about no one knowing who she is, which could mean we will finally get answers or that she is in fact a nobody.
Emperor Palpatine’s throne looks as intimidating as ever. The design is based on the original Ralph McQuarrie sketch of the throne from 1981.
An imperial star destroyer is seen coming out of the ice. This reminds me of when Yoda pulls Luke’s X-Wing out of the swamp. Only instead of being happy about it, I feel like we should all be terrified. I would put money only the Emperor is strong enough to raise The First Order’s Fleet from the grave.
My favorite shot of the trailer was seeing the Millennium Falcon lead a massive gathering of rebel ships. Look closely and you can see the Hammerhead Corvette from Rogue One and The Ghost from Star Wars Rebels. Hera was paged in Rogue One but we never saw her. This could mean some screen time for Hera, Jacen, and any other Rebels who happen to still be hanging around.
Babu Frik, a hacker that can reprogram anything, is shown messing with C3-PO’s circuits. With C3-PO saying a heartfelt goodbye, it would appear that Babu is programming him into the red-eyed machine we saw in the previous trailer.
A Y-Wing bomber is shown for the first time in the new movies.
Rey and Kylo continue to battle, this time they face off in the Emperor’s throne room from the second Death Star. Which is where Luke and Vader did in Return of the Jedi.
Then we switch to a bright white room and Rey and Kylo are working together, or at least it seems that way, as they take down a pillar of something. It might be the pedestal holding Darth Vader’s helmet or something related to the Emperor. Rey is also holding a dagger which is unlike her, this could also be a clue to how they take down the Emperor.
Speaking of the Emperor he is shown staring down at Rey. But is he floating or in some sort of giant droid body? Time will tell.
The final moment of the trailer, shows Rey facing her fears with confidence while we hear hear Luke say “The Force will be with you…” and Leia saying, “…always.” And cue tears over Carrie again.
The Rise of Skywalker Final Trailer
Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker is in theaters December 20 2019
I am still buzzing around after the Star Wars Episode IX panel this morning at Star Wars Celebration! Not only did we get some new info about the film but the teaser trailer finally dropped. We got a name, learned who the big bad is this time (or maybe always was), and more! Before you read Star Wars Episode 9 what we know so far about The Rise of Skywalker, watch the trailer again, because it’s just that good.
Star Wars Episode IX Teaser
Star Wars Episode 9 What We Know So Far About The Rise Of Skywalker
Star Wars Episode 9 Title
After a lot of speculation and rumors about what Episode 9 would be called, Lucasfilm revealed the title to be Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker.
Now whether that means specifically Rey or even Kylo we don’t know. I think it may be the name the new generation of force wielders rally behind, The New Jedi Order so to speak. Rey has also been shown wielding a Sith Saber while wearing a hood similar to Kylo Ren. Darth Vader breathing has also been heard in the unreleased footage.
Star Wars Episode 9 takes place several years after the events of The Last Jedi.
Confirmed by JJ Abrams, some time has passed since we last saw all our heroes. But that unlike The Last Jedi, this would be an adventure this group would take together.
The trailer is narrated by the voice of Luke Skywalker. Luke disappeared into The Force at the end of The Last Jedi. It is possible this speech will come in the form of his Force Ghost speaking to Rey, much like Obi-Wan and Yoda have done in the past.
General Leia Is Not CGI
Carrie Fisher’s portrayal of General Leia comes from previously unused footage from The Force Awakens.
Daisy Ridley confirmed the lightsaber she received from Luke lives during the panel discussion and we see it in the trailer when she does an amazing flip to take out a TIE Fighter.
Finn is Single
John Boyega told the crowd this is war and they are trying to figure themselves out. Finn is single and ready to mingle.
Lando is Back
We see Lando piloting the Falcon once again wth Chewie as his co-pilot. He still has his cape game on point.
Jannah, played by Naomi Ackie, is possibly the daughter of Lando Calrissian. Even her fierce look has some Lando cape flair so maybe there is some truth to that rumor.
Kerri Russell is playing Zorri Bliss, a criminal and old friend of Poe Dameron.
We also met BB-8’s new friend, a droid named D-0
I don’t know about you but I lost it when I heard that evil laugh. I thought could it be? And sure enough Ian McDiarmid walks out on stage and demands that they “play it again” in Palpatine’s voice. Still freaking out!
Star Wars Episode 9 Release Date
Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker will land in theaters December 20th
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Star Wars Episode 9 Teaser Trailer Reaction
2019 Walt Disney Studios Picture Slate
Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019
Captain Marvel follows the story of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Comic book fans are excited that we will see the ancient Kree-Skrull War come to Earth and the MCU! With a possible setup to Secret Invasion?! What?!
For more Captain Marvel:
Captain Marvel Trailer Reaction
Dumbo – March 29, 2019
Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughing stock in an already struggling circus.
But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur, aka Shady McShaderson, V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits Dumbo for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland.
Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.
Penguins – April 17, 2019
Disneynature’s all-new feature film “Penguins” is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after.
Avengers Endgame – April 26, 2019
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Avengers Endgame Trailer Reaction
Aladdin – May 24, 2019
Aladdin stars Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. Rounding out the cast are Navid Negahban as the Sultan, Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Billy Magnussen as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders, and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards.
Aladdin Teaser Trailer Reaction
Toy Story 4 – June 21, 2019
Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.
Toy Story 4 Teaser Trailer Reaction
The Lion King – July 19, 2019
Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother–and former heir to the throne-has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
Artemis Fowl – August 9, 2019
Artemis Fowl is based on the book by Eoin Colfer. It centers around 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies. Who may (or may not) be behind his father’s disappearance.
Artemis Fowl Teaser Trailer Reaction
Frozen 2 – November 22, 2019
Arendelle heats up in 2019 when Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf return to the big screen in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2,” the much-anticipated follow-up to 2013’s Oscar®-winning “Frozen”—the highest grossing animated film of all time. Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad reprise their roles, while Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the team behind “Frozen,” return to the directors’ chairs.
Official hashtag and trailer are coming soon!
Star Wars Episode 9 – December 20, 2019
Official hashtag and trailer are coming soon.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 5, 2019
Whew! 2019 is going to jammed pack with some awesome films. You know I’m already over here freaking out about Avengers Endgame, Star Wars Episode 9, and The Lion King lol.
Which one are you looking forward to the most?
Thank you Disney and LucasFilm for sending over all the Solo: A Star Wars Story fun
Solo: A Star Wars Story is available September 14th on Digital and on Blu-Ray September 25th!
In May, Ron Howard and the crew of the Millennium Falcon took us on a wild ride through the galaxy. We watched a young Han Solo, expertly portrayed by Alden Ehrenreich, meet his best friend Chewie, escape Corellia, and learn what it means to be the best smuggler in the galaxy. Plus we got to see that insanely awesome Kessel Run! After all, when you round down it totally only took 12 parsecs.
Also along for the ride are Lando Calrissian, gambler and swag extraordinaire (is that a thing? it is for him) and Qi’Ra, Han’s former girl and first love of his life.
Solo is a true love letter to Star Wars fans. Not only is Solo a great addition to the Star Wars franchise (seriously stop listening to the haters), it is heck of a lot of fun for everyone in the family.
Solo: A Star Wars Story Bonus Extras:
Solo: The Director & Cast Roundtable – Sit down with director Ron Howard and the stars for an intimate and entertaining discussion of the film’s making.
Team Chewie– See what it takes to bring your favorite Wookiee to life in this lighthearted look behind the scenes.
Kasdan on Kasdan– Iconic Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and son Jonathan share what it was like to write the movie’s script together.
Remaking the Millennium Falcon– Track the transformation of the most famous ship in the galaxy, from Lando’s swank and impeccable pride and joy to Han’s stripped-down hot-rod freighter with “special modifications.”
Escape from Corellia– Get behind the wheel for the making of this high-octane chase through the streets of Corellia.
The Train Heist– Explore the challenges and thrills of creating this action-packed sequence, including its remote location and spectacular effects.
Becoming a Droid: L3-37– Meet the newest droid and the talented actor who helps bring her to life.
Scoundrels, Droids, Creatures and Cards: Welcome to Fort Ypso– Take an in-depth tour of the rough-and-tumble bar where strangers mix and gamblers risk all in the legendary card game, Sabaac.
Into the Maelstrom: The Kessel Run– Join Han and Chewie at the controls of the Millennium Falcon to see how this legendary moment in Star Wars history unfolds.
- Proxima’s Den
- Corellian Foot Chase
- Han Solo: Imperial Cadet
- The Battle of Mimban: Extended
- Han Versus Chewie: Extended
- Snowball Fight!
- Meet Dryden: Extended
- Coaxium Double-Cross
The Millenium Falcon: From Page to Park- An exclusive look at the history of the most famous ship in the galaxy, its origin and development, and how it will translate in one of the most anticipated expansions in Disneyland’s history.
Back-to-School blues got you down? Then you and your little co-pilots need a pick-me-up Han Solo style!
Solo: A Star Wars Story Must Haves
Star Wars Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie
New from FurReal Friends is this adorable, interactive Chewie! He has over 100 sound and motion combinations. Chewie responds to external movements and sounds. Speak Wookie and Chewie will roar back! He is soft and his legs are poseable as well. From nap time to galaxy exploration, the kids are going to love him. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I want to share him with my kids. Sorry not sorry kiddos!! Get your own Co-Pilot Chewie at ShopDisney.com!
Chewbacca Electronic Mask
Transform your voice into one that every Wookie in the galaxy will understand. Growl, howl, and of course roar with this mask.
Solo: A Star Wars Story Nerf Glowstrike Han Solo Blaster
Every smuggler needs a blaster. Lights and sound effects accompany your Nerf blaster. Fire on targets up to 70 feet away! Get your Nerf Glowstrike Han Solo Blaster at ShopDisney.com
Star Wars: Han Solo Card Game
Challenge your Jedi mind with this Han Solo Card Game. Players draw cards in an effort to score as close to zero as possible, so they can collect bounty tokens. The one with the highest bounty in the end wins the Millennium Falcon token. No cheating Lando! Take a chance with the Han Solo Card Game at ShopDisney.com
Star Wars Force Link 2.0 Mission on Vandor
When your children wear their Force Link technology and pick up any of these figurines they activate authentic phrases and sounds.