Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was a force to be reckoned with when it released to cinemas worldwide last month, and fans of the intergalactic adventure are more excited than ever to continue the journey. This year we’ll see a Star Wars spin-off when Rogue One releases in December, but that’s just a tease. Many people were looking forward to the short half-year wait following that to the May 2017 release of Star Wars Episode VIII. That is, until it was announced today that Episode VIII would be delayed until December 15, 2017.
There was a lot of predictable disappointment.
When Star Wars: Episode VIII gets delayed pic.twitter.com/bO5aKaKrQj
— Peter Vivonetto (@PeterVivonetto) January 20, 2016
— ㅤ (@carriesridley) January 20, 2016
— Todd (@Toddus_Maximus) January 20, 2016
— Cony (@deneuvely) January 20, 2016
"'Star Wars: Episode VIII' delayed until end of 2017" pic.twitter.com/yuPZeWRrDm
— abby (@hotshotsolo) January 20, 2016
Others were conflicted.
And by "slow Star Wars releases down" I really mean "I'm already crying"
— Jake Baldino (@JakeBaldino) January 20, 2016
The only reason I'm okay with Star Wars episode 8 being pushed back 7 whole months is because we get another Guardians of the Galaxy that yr
— Coulten (@coultenb) January 20, 2016
Some guessed the delay was to spite other filmmakers.
Star Wars Ep 8 and Ready Player One are both dated Dec 15, 2017
Also, Avatar 2 on Dec 25, 2017
— Wario64 (@Wario64) January 20, 2016
Upon hearing that Avatar 2 will now be competing with Star Wars Episode VIII, James Cameron angrily descended back into the Marianas Trench.
— Ian Phillips (@IanReelDeal) January 20, 2016
The real reason for the Star Wars delay: Disney learned Tarantino's releasing another film in Dec & wants to make his life a living hell
— David Roberts (@davidrobots) January 20, 2016
Whatever the case, Disney’s cornering the market on 2017.
if you're not-disney in 2017 with a movie, you should be scared. no safe dates. disney animation, pixar, 2(3?) marvel movies, star wars.
— No, really. Cats. (@aegies) January 20, 2016
Marvel owns summer. Star Wars dominating holidays every year makes complete sense.
— Mitch Dyer (@MitchyD) January 20, 2016
This guy’s got his priorities straight, at any rate.
— Alan Noah (@alannoah79) January 20, 2016
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