When Disney Investor's Day popped off last week, we were introduced to so much incoming content, we barely knew what to do with the information. What really stood out, though, was the amount of "Star Wars" shows that are in the works. Disney and Lucasfilm seem to be putting no stop to their storytelling, with "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins and "Jojo Rabbit" director Taika Waititi even getting behind the camera to helm their own films.
For fans of galaxies far, far away, the next few years are going to be stacked.
This surge in "Star Wars" content likely owes itself to the crazy success of "The Mandalorian," season 2 of which is available for streaming on Disney+, with episodes released incrementally. The show's third season began production before the second was even out, usually a good indicator of a series' longevity.
And it's all thanks to Baby Yoda. I mean, there's a lot more that goes into it, of course, but Baby Yoda definitely tops the list. The Child has become a cultural cornerstone, with toys bearing his likeness selling out almost immediately and memes using his galactic little face spreading like wildfire.
Now, Baby Yoda's far-reaching influence is extending into the holidays. Where most people put a star or an angel (sometimes a bow) atop their Christmas tree, some mega "Mandalorian" fans are choosing a different star or angel to hold the honorable spot.
The trend seems to be to place Baby Yoda at the top of the tree, and if the toy's hand is extended, to also dangle a single ornament from the ceiling with clear twine to make it look like he's using The Force to keep it airborne. Clever!
Sometimes, though, Baby Yoda is decked like the halls in Santa outfits, reindeer antlers and more. It's easy to see who's owning the Christmas season this year.
Happy holidays to Baby Yoda and Baby Yoda only.