Continuity Corner I: Concurrent Continuity

A part of the job of the Lucasfilm Story Group is to seed references to future projects in other projects that are being developed concurrently. This helps to make the galaxy feel more organic so that new elements don’t feel like they come out of nowhere as much. We decided to do a post about some of the coolest bits of cross-continuity between projects that were developed concurrently. This isn’t at all intended to be an all-inclusive list, we’ve probably overlooked or forgotten about many of them. The list excludes anything from a project that was specifically a film tie-in, such as things from the Journey to The Force Awakens/The Last Jedi lines that contain setup for those films.

  • Each of Pablo Hidalgo’s guides for the films so far contains at least one piece of foreshadowing of a future film or TV project:
    • The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary (TFA VD) references the Great Scourge of Malachor and reveals the crossguard design came from the era, which was later shown in the second season of Rebels.
    • The Rogue One Visual Guide mentions the Crait Rebel base seen in The Last Jedi.
    • The The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary (TLJ VD) contains multiple references to Savareen, which would later show up in Solo.
    • The Solo Official Guide has the character of Astrid Fenris, seemingly related to Freya Fenris in the new animated series Star Wars Resistance.
  • The origin of the last Geonosian queen from the Darth Vader comic in 2015 was seen in a Rebels episode, “Ghosts of Geonosis”, from early 2017.
  • Both Aftermath and Lost Stars contain references to the events of Star Wars: Uprising, a short-lived mobile game that launched a week after those two novels. The propaganda message from Leia about the destruction of the second Death Star, the death of the Emperor, and the birth of the New Republic that was seen in Aftermath was also shown in Uprising.
  • Brendol Hux and his strategy of raising soldiers that would later be used by the First Order was first seen in Servants of the Empire: The Secret Academy.
  • The character of Alicia Beck first appeared in Smuggler’s Run and was mentioned in Shattered Empire the next month. The first issue of Shattered Empire also contained a reference to Corona Squadron from Lost Stars, released a week before.
  • In an episode of Rebels, Kanan mentions having been saved by Fenn Rau during a battle on Mygeeto, an event that was seen in an issue of the Kanan comic released on the exact same day as the episode.
  • The character of Saw Gerrera received small mentions in Rebels and Bloodline, hinting at his extremist tendencies that were on full display in Rogue One and many other works since.
  • Aftermath: Life Debt contains a reference to the Last Flight of the Harbinger arc of the Star Wars comic, which started a week after the book’s release.
  • Galactic Atlas, published in late 2016, is a book from the in-universe Graf Archives. The Graf family of cartographers was introduced in the Adventures in Wild Space series that began earlier that year.
  • Some of the bonus missions in LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens tie into C-3PO 1: The Phantom Limb, a one-shot that was released a few months before the game.
  • Join the Resistance contains a reference to fathiers from The Last Jedi, almost a year before the film came out.
  • The wedding of Snap Wexley and Jess Pava was mentioned heavily in Join the Resistance: Escape from Vodran. Though the depictions differ, it was intended to be a tie-in to the same event being shown in the twenty-fifth issue of the Poe Dameron comic released about six months later.
  • The third issue of the Captain Phasma comic had a short flashback to the cast of the Phasma novel that was released only a month before.
  • Luke’s compass in Battlefront II and The Last Jedi was designed by Dave Filoni specifically to be a link between those two projects.
  • The Rebel Files contained references to the events of Battlefront II (including the attack on Vardos by Operation: Cinder), released only days before.
  • The The Last Jedi novel contained a subtle reference to L3 inside the Millennium Falcon’s computer, setting up Solo.
  • Arcs in the Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith and Star Wars comic series’ released at the same time showed, respectively, the subjugation and liberation of Mon Cala. This required coordination between the two comic teams to pull off.
  • Galaxy’s Edge and the planet, Batuu, have begun to be set up in a variety of sources.
    • Dok-Ondar and Black Spire Outpost were mentioned in Solo.
    •  Batuu and the outpost were visited in Thrawn: Alliances
    • The current Flight of the Falcon multimedia project contains multiple seeds.
    • The outpost can be seen in the background of a picture in Star Wars Resistance.
  • Plenty more things have been seeded in released comics but haven’t paid off yet. The current Darth Vader comic has some reference to the Jedi: Fallen Order video game scheduled for release in a year. This includes the possibility of an Inquisitor that had a cameo in one panel of a recent issue.

If you know of anything we missed, be sure to let us know! MTFBWY

Written by marvelstarwars, AV, and confederalis

Edited by marvelstarwars and confederalis

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