Disney's acquisition of the Star Wars IP was a controversial event back in 2012. While the acquisition led to a new movie trilogy, it also resulted in the culling of the Extended Universe. This culling led to some of the most beloved Star Wars characters being axed from the series, including Admiral Thrawn and Mara Jade.
Fortunately, some extended universe characters eventually made their way back into the main canon. For example, Admiral Thrawn was brought back in Star Wars: Rebels, but others have been less lucky. However, that's all set to change.
Thrawn and Mara Jade are reportedly coming back
Reported by Geekosity, Grand Admiral Thrawn is set to be a main villain in Star Wars’ Disney Plus shows. While the character will appear briefly in the upcoming Ahsoka TV show, the character will also get a movie based off the now non-canon Heir to the Empire book.
The Heir to the Empire movie is described as the culmination of the current era of Disney Plus content. Much like Marvel, the individual shows are described as the build up to a huge team-up storyline.
The story is said to follow on from the ending of both Ahsoka and The Mandalorian Season 3. With Thrawn expected to take over Moff Gideon's plans to create a clone body for Emperor Palpatine, it'll be up to Ahsoka Tano, Din Djarin, Ezra Bridger and Luke Skywalker to stop him.
This movie is expected to introduce a once-beloved Star Wars character: Mara Jade, the wife of Luke Skywalker. The report claims that Disney is already looking for actresses to play the role in a live-action setting, giving fans an adaptation of one of the series’ more obscure romances.
Star Wars is turning Marvel
Heir to the Empire becoming Star Wars’ Avengers moment may be a cool moment for the series. We've already seen The Mandalorian, Boba Fett, Ahsoka Tano and Luke Skywalker interact sparingly, but they've barely worked together.
In a way, Grand Admiral Thrawn would be a great “bigger threat” that could bring everyone together. He's after Grogu, meaning The Mandalorian would fight. The character wants to revive Palpatine, bringing in Skywalker. Additionally, his battle with Bridger would cause Ahsoka to join the battle.
Of course, all of this is just based off a single report. However, Disney has seen massive success with the interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe. Additionally, Marvel boss Kevin Feige is working on a Star Wars project, perhaps due to his experience with bringing the MCU together.
If this doesn't happen, Geekosity’s report will certainly set a fire in fans’ minds for what could happen with these characters. While not every universe needs to be interconnected, an Avengers-like Star Wars film could be a fun one-off.