The ‘Star Wars’ Universe Timeline Through Mainstream Projects

Filoni, Favreau, and other creators have given fans amazing projects in Star Wars canon with their ambitious vision. However, it can be tricky to understand just when all this content takes place. With The Bad Batch airing on Disney+ we felt that it was time to get this crazy Star Wars Universe timeline sorted out.

Now, for those unfamiliar, the Star Wars timeline is told in BBY and ABY. BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin) means that it happened X amount of years before Episode IV, and more specifically, the blowing up of the first Death Star. ABY (After the Battle of Yavin) means it happened X amount of years after Episode IV.

The below is everything that has released, and has been announced to release, within Star Wars canon in ORDER as they fall on the timeline. At the bottom are projects that we dont yet know exactly where they’ll fall, but we have hunches. The others down there are announced project not a part of the official timeline.

THE HIGH REPUBLIC ERA

200 BBY; The High Republic Books: There are many Star Wars novels, but this new era of books are considered canon and might be critical reading in preparation for the Acolyte series that will eventually drop on Disney+. This wave of projects has adult and young-adult novels, comics, children books, and more. All of them are connected some way or another and take place during the Republic’s most prosperous time as it expand its reach to the outter rim. Now, unfortunately, these projects still take place a considerable amount of time before The Acolyte meaning many of these characters will likely not see live-action, but I digress.


90-82 BBY; The Acolyte: This is an upcoming original series for Disney+ that will take place towards the end of the High Republic Era; as mentioned, the golden age of the Republic and the Jedi. This series will show us the rise of the dark side and the sith as we came to know them in the movies.

FALL OF THE JEDI ERA

32 BBY; Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace: Maul, young Anakin, Padme, Qui-Gon Jinn, the infamous midichlorians, and loathed Jar Jar Binks; all introduced in the first of the prequel movies released in 1999. No, it is not the favorite of many fans, but it has remained a personal favorite and a valid entry in the Star Wars mythos. 

22 BBY; Star Wars  Episode II: Attack of the Clones: Set ten years after the events of The Phantom Menace. This movie introduces us to an older and more temperamental Anakin. We learn of the secret clone army created on Kamino, the beginning of the iconic Clone Wars, and the birth of the love that would destroy the galaxy.  Also, yes, Obi Wan mullet majesty.


22 BBY- 19 BBY; Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Originally perceived as just some animated filler for kids, the Clone Wars series spearheaded by Dave Filoni has not only become valid Star Wars content but, in many cases, essential viewing. The show introduced beloved clone characters, Ahsoka Tano, and birthed the Mandalorian lore that would pave the way for the hyper success of The Mandalorian series. Let’s also not forget that the success of this show helped give more love to the prequels. If the title didn’t make it obvious, the seven seasons shows us the events of the entire galactic war between the seperatists and the republic .The last four episodes (series finale) are some of the best Star Wars content you’ll ever see.


19 BBY; Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith: The final film in the prequel trilogy. It showed us the execution of order 66 and let us witness the birth of Darth Vader, the end of the Republic, and the rise of the galactic empire.

REIGN OF THE EMPIRE ERA


19 BBY-(?); The Bad Batch:  Airing now on Disney+,the series follows the bad batch clones introduced in season seven of Clone Wars right after the events of Order 66. The trailer confirmed that familiar faces from other Star Wars projects, such as Fennec Shand, will make an animated appearance as well. With just a couple episodes released it not only follows a worthy team of characters but lays the groundwork for mysteries that could have giant impacts on the larger Star Wars Universe. As of right now we don’t know how long the series could run or even how far into the life of the empire the series will span. Both other animated Filoni shows included the progress of time seeing young characters age and grow (Ezra and Ahsoka) so here’s hoping we can see the same growth applied to young Omega.

 
14 BBY; Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order: The super successful game released in late 2019. The story follows a young Cal Kestis,a would-be jedi, trying to lay low and off the radar of the empire’s inquisitors. It is considered canon as we see him and his companions look for a holocron that contains the location of force sensitive children throughout the galaxy. Due to the game’s success there are strong chances for a sequel to release some time in 2023. As the game uses the actual likeness of its talent, my hopes are we can see these characters crossover with other mainstream Star Wars stories.

11 BBY; Obi-Wan Kenobi: This is an upcoming series for Disney+ that will follow an older Obi-Wan as he hides on the planet of Tatooine looking after a young Luke Skywalker. More details of the show remain under wraps but production is set to begin in 2021 with a release likely for some time in 2022. 


10 BBY; Solo: A Star Wars Story: Following a young Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, the movie shows us the famously mentioned Kessel Run done in twelve parsecs. It also has a glimmer of live-action Maul who has since become the leader of the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate.

THE AGE OF REBELLION ERA


5 BBY; Andor: The series will follow Cassian Andor as he navigates his way through the Rebellion. The series will launch for Disney+ with no confirmed release date yet. 

5 BBY- 0 BBY; Star Wars: Rebels: The second animated series by Dave Filoni. Not considered as popular as its predecessor, but by no means is it inessential. The show is very much a story of its own following a crew of rebels aboard the Ghost. Despite its being able to stand on its own it also serves as a sequel to Clone Wars in many ways; follows up with Ahsoka Tano, brings back characters from the past, shows us glimpses of Anakin’s fate, brings back Maul, continues the lore of Mandalore’s darksaber,  and of course gives us a closer look at the tyranny of the empire throughout the galaxy.  


0 BBY; Rogue One: A film released in 2016, the main events of the story follow the crew responsible for the opening sequence of A New Hope. The movie seamlessly ties into the beginning of the phenomenon that started it all and contains the most iconic Vader sequence in Star Wars history.

0 BBY; Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope: The OG. A young Luke Skywalker meets a droid containing an important message and the aged Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi. From there they set off to meet an iconic group of friends and destroy the Death Star after it’s first and only attack on the planet Alderaan.


3 ABY; Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back:  The most popular of the original trilogy?? Vader you ARE the father, the love story of Han and Leia begins, the ice planet Hoth, Boba Fett, and the suave Lando Calrissian make their original appearances.


4 ABY; Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi: The final of the original trilogy. We see Luke debut his green lightsaber, stop the emperor, and save Vader from the dark side. 

THE NEW REPUBLIC ERA

9 ABY; The Mandalorian: The series we’ve all come to know and love! The first two seasons of the show take place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi making it set in this ABY. I don’t need to dive too much into this one since you have to be living under a rock to not know what’s going on here. Now, the entries that follow have very little information, but we do have confirmed they take place during this series. Season three will likely be for early 2022. 

9 ABY; Rangers of the New Republic:  No release date confirmed yet. The assumed lead was Cara Dune introduced in The Mandalorian. However, due to the drama with the actress around public statements made on Twitter, that is likely no longer the case.

9 ABY; Ahsoka: Very little known so far! It is suspected that the series shall feature Grand Admiral Thrawn and other Rebels characters. It may leak into the search that Ahsoka and Sabine embark on to find their lost friend, Ezra Bridger. No release date yet.

9 ABY; The Book of Boba Fett: Confirmed in the Mandalorian season two finale, the series will follow Boba Fett as the new Hutt? We can expect this to drop on Disney+ in December 2021.

RISE OF THE FIRST ORDER ERA


34 ABY;  Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens: The first of the sequel trilogy introduces the threat of the First Order, Kylo Ren, Supreme Leader Snoke, Finn, Poe, and the heroine Rey. We also meet an older Han and Leia once again as they desperately search the galaxy for a missing Luke Skywalker.

34 ABY; Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi: It takes place right after the events of the first installment. Rey goes to train with a worn Luke and the resistance struggles to survive against the pursuits of the First Order.

35 ABY; Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker: The conclusion of the Skywalker saga! Palpatine returns and the resistance has their final battle against the Sith and the First Order.


Lando: The confusion around this project is that two actors have now played Lando (Billy Dee Williams and Donald Glover). Which one will play the character or shall both? This could be a time hopping project, it could be set exclusively post sequels, or somewhere in the past. Time will tell! The hope is it can serve as a restructured sequel to the Solo film and introduce the ideas for Maul that were originally proposed. It can also take us into the future of Star Wars post Skywalkers. Out of all the announced projects this is the one I’m most curious about. Not the most excited, but certainly the most curious because of the ground covering potential it has.

OTHER PROJECTS


A Droid Story: Understood to be an animated original for young children. Though it may tie into the main continuity to some degree we’re not sure exactly where.


Star Wars Visions: An anthology series where each episode will be helmed by a different anime creative. The series will showcase original interpretations of the galaxy far far away. Based on this it may be safe to assume this will exist aside from the main continuity?


Rogue Squadron: The only big film announced with a title (another mystery project will be made by Taika Waititi for 2025), this will be directed by Patty Jenkins. It will focus around a new group of pilots looking to earn their wings. The official synopsis reads the movie will “push the saga into the new era of the galaxy”… so… AFTER episode IX? I’m hoping!

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