Welcome, Rebelscum fans! This week for our coverage, we’re focusing on the Infinities comic book storylines that told alternate history “what if” versions of the original trilogy events. In case you missed it, check out our “Expand Your Mind” base article to learn about the history of the series, how it differs from other Star Wars media, and the best merchandise you can find inspired by the comics. Throughout the week, we expanded with the “Timeline Breakdown” article that explores other non-canon Star Wars material, a “Character Spotlight” on one of our favorite standouts, and Bobby’s wealth of knowledge in video form.
Today with “Force Casting,” we’ve been inspired by the success of the Marvel’s What If series on Disney+. The animated show imagines alternate versions of events within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What if Killmonger became the Black Panther? What if Peggy Carter was the First Avenger? What if the Avengers were killed before they could assemble?
The Star Wars universe has a ton of possibilities for exciting “What If” versions as well, and thankfully the Infinities comics already developed alternate histories for the original trilogy. What if A New Hope ended with Luke missing the Death Star shot? What if The Empire Strikes Back opened with Luke’s death in the snowy plains of Hoth? What if Return of the Jedi concluded with a redeemed Anakin Skywalker joining his children?
We think a similar animation style would perfectly fit the Star Wars universe, but first we need alternate versions of the other films to expand out the series, since Infinities debuted ran 2001-2005 before all the other films hit theaters. Here are our pitches for how Infinities could adapt the other films in the franchise.
Infinities: The Phantom Menace
Obi-Wan successfully saves Qui-Gon from Darth Maul by dashing through the laser doors…. but sacrifices himself. Maul escapes justice and Qui-Gon takes on Anakin as his new apprentice as a skeptical Dooku chooses to join the Jedi Council.
Infinities: Attack of the Clones
Zam Wessell and Jango Fett infiltrate Padme’s apartment…. and kill her. Spurned by rage, Anakin slays the two bounty hunters and is expelled from the Jedi Order, left to search the galaxy for a new master: Dooku.
Infinities: Revenge of the Sith
After the Battle of Coruscant, the Jedi decide to end the war effort by sending their most hardened warrior to track down General Grievous…. Anakin. With Obi-Wan left on Coruscant, the Jedi Council forces Palpatine to give up power and flee the capital, where he reamasses the Seperatist forces as his new fleet.
Infinities: The Force Awakens
Poe Dameron avoids death at the hands of Kylo Ren…. and the Resistance shows up to take him hostage. Reunited with the map, Poe and Han search for Luke’s location as Leia tries to reason with her son and Snoke finds a new apprentice in the force-sensitive stormtrooper Finn.
Infinities: Rogue One
Orson Krennic shows up to confront Galen Erso…. but the battle goes wrong and the Erso family is killed. Without the necessary tools equipped to complete the Death Star, a fearful Krennic flees and defects to the Rebellion, working alongside Saw Gerrara to destroy the weapon before it can be completed.
Infinities: The Last Jedi
Horrified by the vision in the cave, Rey flees Luke’s island to save Kylo Ren…. but she’s too late. A power-hungry Ren attempted to overthrow Snoke and was slain by his master, who now seeks Rey as an apprentice as a reluctant Luke returns to face them both.
Han and Qi’ra flee the streets of Corellia…. but it’s Qi’Ra who is recruited to the Imperial Academy. Han is now captured by Crimson Dawn and serves as the chief smuggler for Darth Maul.
Infinities: The Rise of Skywalker
Rey, Poe, and Finn attempt to flee Kijimi…. but Kylo Ren captures them. With the heroes taken before Emperor Palpatine himself, Leia is left to lead the assault on Exegol and cross blades with Darth Sidious.
What do you think, Rebelscum fans? Which of our Infinities pitches is your favorite? What would your version look like? Let us know below, and as always, may the Force be with you!