Before Disney declared the entire 'Star Wars' expanded universe non-canonical following their purchase of the franchise, 40-years worth of writers, comic artists, and video game designers constructed a convoluted and vast universe that surrounded the six existing films for them to work with.
Though often divisive, the expanded universe was beloved by fans. Disney has done its best to replace it with its own spin-off films, but those seem to be put on indefinite hold following the underperforming 'Solo.' But as a fun thought experiment, here are 20 spin-offs from the former expanded universe or other media that Disney should adopt.
20. Shadows of the Empire
Taking place between 'Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi,' 'Shadows of the Empire' was about Luke and Leia searching for Han's frozen body. It would be hard to film this as all the actors for these characters are either too old or dead, but it wouldn't be the first time Disney used CGI to deage an actor.
19. Darth Bane
The cyclical and seemingly unending wars between the Jedi and Sith have been going back as far as anyone in the 'Star Wars' universe can remember. 'Darth Bane' is about as far back into 'Star Wars' history as anyone has ever gone and chronicles the tale of the titular reinventor of the Sith.
18. Cloak of Deception
Taking place in the Republic senate before the events of 'Phantom Menace,' this novel explored the political intrigue and hierarchy of the 'Star Wars' universe, a theme that would be followed in subsequent books. It was essentially an awesome mix of 'Star Wars' and 'Game of Thrones.'
17. Choices of One
Mara Jade, assassin for the Emperor and eventual wife of Luke Skywalker, was one of the best characters ever introduced in the expanded universe, and 'Choices of One' was the best story told about her, wherein she led a team of black-op stormtroopers on a covert mission that challenged her ideals.
Kylo Ren is heavily based on the expanded universe character Jacen Solo, the embattled and treacherous son of Han Solo and Leia. 'Traitor' explores his duplicity and the mindset he had after his turn to the dark side, as well as his capture and enslavement by a third faction.
15. Wraith Squadron
Essentially the 'Star Wars' Suicide Squad, 'Wraith Squadron' was about star Rebel pilot Wedge Antilles assembling a rag-tag team of washout pilots to man his new squadron, in the belief that they would be able to view a battlefield differently and provide unique strategies. It's a fascinating concept and could work in film.
14. X-Wing Alliance
Some of the best 'Star Wars' stories purposefully keep away from all the political/spiritual aspects of the films. 'Alliance' is a family drama that follows a family of inter-galactic merchants as they are tested by their loyalties to various galactic factions.
13. The Force Unleashed
A pair of divisive video games in the expanded universe, 'The Force Unleashed' was about Darth Vader's secret apprentice and his slow journey to the light side of the Force. They were fairly cinematic already, but could be adapted to film in order to fix some of the problems that fans took issue with.
1313 was a planned but never finished video game from Lucasarts the would've followed a young Boba Fett as he infiltrated a deep-crime level on the city-planet of Coruscant. It was previewed but never released, so a film version might be an appropriate soul successor of the project.
11. Doctor Aphra
One of the most recent additions to this list, the sassy Doctor Aphra debuted in the 'Darth Vader' comics before getting her own limited series just based on her popularity. It would be fantastic to see the sarcastic and cunning Doctor on the silver screen.
The 'Droids' comics follows everybody's favorite pair of 'Star Wars' robots as they bridge the gap between 'Revenge of the Sith' and 'New Hope' in their own special way. Highlights from this series includes a serial-killing robot who happens to look like C-3PO and the only known android Jedi.
A trilogy of 'what if' stories, 'Infinities' posits how the 'Star Wars' universe would work out if key elements were suddenly missing. What if Luke didn't blow up the Death Star? What if he froze to death on Hoth? What if Leia had been caught on Tatooine?
8. Tag and Bink
'Tag and Bink' was a spoof comic series based on two bumbling Jedi younglings who, through their buffoonery and coincidences, accidentally set in motion most of the major events in the 'Star Wars' universe to comedic effect. As 'Star Wars' has never really gone full comedy before, it would be interesting to see the franchise take that approach.
There actually was a rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off movie in the works, with Ewan McGregor vocally on-board to reprise his old role, but the actor has just come out and said there are no plans for it. However, an exploration of Kenobi's formative years and his apprenticeship to Qui-Gon Jinn would be welcome by fans and wider audiences alike.
Set over a hundred years into 'Star Wars' future, 'Legacy' followed Luke Skywalker's descendant Cade as he throws away his Jedi heritage and adopts a life as a bounty hunter. It's widely regarded as one of the most creative 'Star Wars' comics and could easily be made into a film.
5. Jedi Academy
'The Last Jedi' showed how Luke's new Jedi Order fell apart, but the events leading up to that, with Luke trying to build a school for new Jedi and keep them from falling to the dark side, would be worth a movie or two by themselves.
4. Darth Plagueis
One of the most beloved novels from the original expanded universe, 'Darth Plagueis' explored Palpatine's apprenticeship to the titular Sith lord and even bled into 'Phantom Menace.' Giving such a re-contextualization to such a widely-hated media might even inspire people to revisit the film with new eyes.
3. The Old Republic
Rumor has it that Rian Johnson is planning to base his next 'Star Wars' trilogy on 'The Old Republic,' but if that's not the case, Disney could definitely make bank by telling the story of what the galaxy looked like a thousand years before the events of the films.
If Han Solo can get his own movie and the best part of it is Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, then for the love of all things good and holy, Lando himself can get an origin movie that follows his exploits pre-'Empire Strikes Back.' Disney, make it happen.
Admiral Thrawn, the cold, cunning, and calculating Imperial commander, was such a popular character from the EU that Disney knew they had to bring him into their new universe. He debuted in the 'Rebels' cartoon and even got his own comic series. A movie exploring his origins or following him into the future of the franchise would not be remiss.