Welcome back, 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’ll be expanding with the “Force Casting” article that explores how the series could be adapted for a Lucasfilm Disney+ project, a “Character Spotlight” on one of our favorite standouts, and Bobby’s wealth of knowledge in video form.
Today for our “Timeline Breakdown,” we’re looking at how Infinities fits into the Star Wars canon. Prior to the Disney purchase and the introduction of a new timeline, Star Wars canon was organized into six tiers:
- G-Canon: The theatrical films, and any official statements from George Lucas.
- T-Canon: The television shows, including Dave Filoni's The Clone Wars and the 2008 film.
- C-Canon: Official Star Wars canon “Expanded Universe” materials.
- S-Canon: Secondary Star Wars media that may conflict with other canon storylines (including some of the original Marvel Star Wars comics and the 1970s The Han Solo Adventures).
- D-Canon: Timeline of the Star Wars: Detours cartoon (which still has not been released).
- Non-Canon: Not canon or “what if” storylines, as well as cancelled or abandoned projects.
Infinities is one of the rare non-canon storylines told over a prolonged project, as most other “non-canon” material exists as different versions of existing projects or never saw the light of day. However, if Infinities wet your appetite for stories that existed without the confines of continuity, you may want to check out these other projects.
The Star Wars (2013)
This eight-part comic book storyline adapts George Lucas’s rough draft for the original film from 1974, and features artwork inspired by Ralph McQuarrie’s earliest concept art. The storyline follows young Annikin Starkiller, son of the famed Jedi-Bendu Kane Starkiller is dispatched from his homeworld of Utapau in the Kessil system to the aquatic planet Aquilae. Seeking a mentor who will help him lead a conquest against the Galactic Empire, Annikin seeks out the veteran Jedi-Bendu Luke Skywalker.
The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition (2009)
The original The Force Unleashed game gave players a choice in determining Starkiller’s fate; they could either accept the canon “light side” ending and sacrifice themselves to save the Rebel Alliance, or choose the non-canon route and use the “dark side” ending” to kill Darth Vader. Obviously only the “light side” ending is canon, but 2009’s Ultimate Sith Edition expanded the “dark side” ending with additional levels that saw Starkiller as Palpatine’s new apprentice. Starkiller travels to Tatooine to face off against Obi-Wan Kenobi and then to Hoth to track down Luke Skywalker.
Knights of the Old Republic “Dark Side” Ending
Like The Force Unleashed, the Knights of the Old Republic game also features a “what if” ending in which the player can accept the “dark side” ending. While the story in canon ends with Revan redeeming himself and saving Bastila, the “dark side” sees him join Malak once more to become a Dark Lord of the Sith. The game also allows for players to alternate Revan’s gender; in canon he’s considered to be male, so versions where he is a female are considered non-canon.
Revenge of the Sith Deleted Scenes
Most official deleted scenes within the Star Wars films are still considered part of canon, as they were cut for time or pacing concerns, not story. However, a few were cut and ended up being contradicted by later material, so they’re considered non-canon. In the deleted footage from Revenge of the Sith, Grievous executes Shaak Ti during the rescue of Chancellor Palpatine, but this would be contradicted later on when The Force Unleashed revealed that Master Ti survived Order 66.
What do you fans think? Do you enjoy non-canon or “what if” storylines? Which are some of your favorites? Let us know below, and as always, may the Force be with you!