When Disney bought Lucasfilm, some people started talking about how Princess Leia was now technically a Disney princess. There was even a barely amusing video where the other princesses welcome Leia to the family. Back around that time, there was also some speculation about whether that meant Star Wars characters might make appearances in ABC’s alt-Disney universe adventure show, Once Upon a Time. I think most people just brushed this talk off as non-serious speculation. After all, how could Disney really do such a thing and make it work? Well, this last season, Disney offered some explanations as to just how the OUAT multi-verse functions, and in doing so, I believe they’ve opened the door that could potentially make a crossover with that galaxy far, far away possible.
This isn’t going to be a popular post, but it’s not meant to be taken seriously. It is just theoretical, after all. Be advised: SPOILERS BELOW
This season, as OUAT went into more detail about the mysterious figure known simply as “The Author” (a character concept which has been in existence since the series’ inception), it was revealed that in the world in which Storybrook exists (identified in the season finale as our world) certain people throughout time have been chosen by The Sorcerer (of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice fame, or Merlin as he has now been identified) to be “Authors,” people with the power to bring into reality (or alternate reality, as the case may be) whatever they write with the aid of a magic quill. In the show, Walt Disney was revealed as being one such author. Ergo, various realms exist inhabited by characters in his works: the Enchanted Forest, Neverland, Wonderland, etc. I know, I know. Disney didn’t create Peter Pan or Alice, but that’s just semantics really. He could easily have written down their stories, creating magic story books which established the realms appearing in the show.
Now, here’s how the crossover could happen. If Walt Disney, in the context of the OUAT mythology, was one of these “authors,” is it not possible that George Lucas might also have been chosen as one? And if he was, he also might have created a magic book containing his stories. And if so, the Star Wars universe would then exist as a magic realm to which the characters in OUAT could potentially travel and vice versa. That’s all it would take.
Now, keep in mind, this wouldn’t be the Star Wars universe we know where Mark Hammill is Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher is Princess Leia. The Star Wars realm in OUAT would be different; the characters would live there, but just as Ariel in OUAT isn’t a cartoon mermaid, Han Solo wouldn’t be Harrison Ford. Does that make sense? It’s an alternate reality created from magic, not an actual (for lack of a better word) place that exists somewhere out in the far reaches of space.
Now, as to whether Disney should attempt such a thing is another matter entirely. I’m of a mind they shouldn’t but mostly because the nerd rage would be so extreme, it would end up hurting Disney and the OUAT property. Star Wars itself has seen a fair amount of backlash over the years for various things, and it has lived on. That being said, I actually don’t think I’d be offended by a crossover arc. Seeing Emma Swan face of against Darth Vader would be … fun. And that’s really the only way people should take it, as something fun. But I know that’s not how the vast majority of fans would see it. They would consider it some kind of egregious insult. But as I said, this wouldn’t be the real Star Wars. It wouldn’t be canon. It would simply be a world created by magic, and it doesn’t have to be anything more serious than that.
But would Disney do this? I would say the actual odds (that I completely made up in my head) would be less than nil. So, I doubt there’s any need for people to be up in arms about my little theory. But who knows? Maybe there’s someone over at Disney who’s just crazy enough …
So, what do you think? Is this feasible. Would you be open to it? Probably not, but it’s still fun to speculate. At least for me it is. And that’s all this is. Theoretical speculation.
Now, Indiana Jones, on the other hand …