We haven’t seen a new Star Wars movie since 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker, despite numerous attempts to get one off the ground. But on Disney+, things are different. Since The Mandalorian debuted that same year, things have been very active in the galaxy far, far away, with shows like Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Book of Boba Fett and most recently Ahsoka doing plenty to keep fans entertained.
And the fire hose of content will continue to spray. According to Empire, there are no less than five Star Wars shows on the way in 2024, including:
- Skeleton Crew, a show about a group of kids and teens who find themselves in control of a spaceship and who must find their way home. Jude Law stars, presumably not as one of the kids. This show is set after the fall of the Empire, which means it takes place roughly at the same time as The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett and Ahsoka. Crossovers are possible.
- The Acolyte, a new show set some 200 years before the Star Wars prequel trilogy. It sounds like it will explore the reemergence of the Sith at a time when the Jedi are at the height of their power.
- Andor season 2. This will be the final season of Star Wars: Andor, the surprisingly hard-hitting spy drama set before the movie Rogue One.
- The Bad Batch season 3, the final season of the animated show about a group of rogue clone troopers striking out on their own under the Empire.
- Tales of the Jedi season 2, another season in this animated anthology series about all things Jedi.
Will all of these shows actually drop in 2024? It’s possible, but Disney has been more mindful of late about deluging subscribers with more content than they can reasonably handle. “[A]t the time the pandemic hit, we were leaning into a huge increase in how much we were making and I’ve always felt that quantity can be actually a negative when it comes to quality,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said on a recent earnings call. “And I think that’s exactly what happened. We lost some focus.” He was talking about Marvel, but that sentiment could just as easily apply to Star Wars. It might behoove Disney to focus on making sure every show they have is as good as it can be and gets the time it needs to find an audience, rather than hit people with so much content that they opt to skip it instead of committing the time and energy needed to absorb it all.
My bet is that at least one of these shows will get pushed into 2025 as Disney rethinks its approach. Still, there should be plenty of Star Wars stuff to watch next year. With a studio as huge as Disney, it will take time to reorient to a quality-over-quantity philosophy.