Celebrating Star Wars Day Early and Charles Soule Talks Darth Vader

– This week we’re sitting
down to talk to Charles Soule about Marvel’s “Star Wars.” – Plus more. – Just more? – Well, yeah. You’ve got to entice them to
stay for the whole episode. Whew. – How did we do it? Stick around. – Magic. – This is “The Star Wars Show.” From the Lucasfilm
headquarters in San Francisco, here’s your hosts,
Andi and Anthony. – Hello and welcome to “The
Star Wars Show,” the only “Star Wars” show on the internet
celebrating May the 4th on May the 1st. – We’re early because we care. – And also because we’re locked
into this Wednesday time slot. – It’s going to be awkward
next year when we’re all may the April 29 be with you. – It rolls right off the tongue. Let’s go to the news. [WHOOSH] Because May the 4th
is upon us, there are all sorts of “Star
Wars” related celebrations and deals going on. – Deals like up to 75% off of
select video games and packs across mobile PC and console
platforms, giveaways of in-game items, characters, and more. Basically if it has “Star Wars”
in the title of the video game, odds are, there’s a deal to
be found on it this week. – For more information
on these deals and upcoming May the
4th deals of all kinds, check out StarWars.com/SWS. – As I talked about last week,
Star Wars-Galaxy’s Edge is about to open up its
free reservation system to access the new
land at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim tomorrow. – Beginning at 10:00 AM
Pacific time on Disneyland.com, the free reservation system will
go live for the dates falling between May 31 and June 23. – For more information,
including how to register for a Disney account
to reserve your time, go to StarWars.com/SWS – Star Wars Day isn’t the
only unofficial holiday happening this Saturday. Free Comic Book Day is also
taking place on May the 4th, and “Star Wars”
is participating. – This year you’ll be able to
grab a free copy of “Star Wars Adventures” from IDW, which
follows Han and Chewie as they race against pirates
in a search for one of three identical droids
that contain the location of a legendary treasure. – Additionally, Marvel is also
handing out a free preview issue of their upcoming comics. Inside you’ll get samples
from “Galaxy’s Edge,” “Age of Rebellion,”
and “Tie Fighter,” as well as an interview
with Kieron Gillan. – Both free comics will
be available at your local comic book shop this Saturday. – And speaking of comics,
our friends over at Marvel will be debuting a bonus episode
of “Earth’s Mightiest Show,” which highlights some of the
best Marvel “Star Wars” comics to pick up during May the 4th. – The episode will
go live on Saturday morning on YouTube.com/Marvel. Enough said. – And for more breaking news
from around the galaxy, be sure to check out StarWars.com/SWS. – For real. There’s a whole bunch of stuff
going up there on Saturday that we can’t talk
about until next week. – Curse you,
Wednesday time slot. Curse you. – (YODA’S VOICE) Much
to learn you still have. – Aha, A-T-A-Ts. Or is it ATATs? Whatever. First scene in “The
Empire Strikes Back,” stomping their way towards Echo
Base on the icy planet of Hoth, the all-terrain
armored transports are the four-legged vehicles
that stand over a staggering 22 meters tall. With armor impervious
to most blasters, as well as four
front-mounted cannons, the ATAT is an
unstoppable war machine. Sometimes. Their legs have been shown
to be their weak spot. From tripping over cables in
“The Empire Strikes Back,” to getting sliced
with a lightsaber in “Star Wars
Rebels,” the results are ultimately the same. Another weakness of the
ATAT is their sight. The ghost crew was able
to evade a group of ATATs by entering the sandstorm. Don’t let that
weakness fool you, they’re very good
at blowing stuff up. Want to learn more
about ATATs, like how they’re modeled after the
movement of an elephant? Check out
StarWars.com/MuchToLearn. – Hey, guys, today we have
Charles Soule with us. – Hey.
– Hey. Thank You so much
for joining us. – Thank you for having me.
This is fantastic. – So let’s talk a little
bit about your experience writing “Star Wars.”
– Sure. – You’ve pretty much just been
in the comics space with us. – Yeah, I’ve done four projects. It was Lando, then it was Obi
Wan and Anakin, both of which were minis. And then I did a long
Poe Dameron series. – Mm-hmm. – But, really, the biggest
thing I’ve done for you guys has been the Darth Vader series. It was set right
after Episode 3, so, as I call it, it was
Baby Vader, when he was just in his suit for the first time,
didn’t have a lightsaber yet, didn’t really know how to use
the robot limbs and so on. And so it was him in a way that
we haven’t really seen before, where he’s learning
about things, he’s not as incredibly
confident and terrifying. He’s still pretty
terrifying, but he’s not terrifying in the
same way that we’ve seen from the other films. – Yeah, and I find
that so fascinating. What did you do to
get in that headspace? And how did you approach
writing about someone who maybe used to be so
mysterious and enigmatic, and you’re really
breaking him down to like the finest details?
– Right. I mean, that’s one
of things you really want to be careful s with Darth
Vader, with any big villain, because you don’t want to
demystify them or take away what makes them frightening. And so one of the
first things I decided, when I started
writing the series, is that Darth Vader
would almost never talk. And if he talked, it would be
literally the bare minimum. If he could get it
done in one word, he’d get it done in one word. And no captions, so you
never got in his head. And so everything
you learned about him is through his actions. And his actions are
generally pretty terrifying, because he’s Darth Vader. And so that was the way I
approached the idea of keeping him frightening, even
though revealing how he got that first lightsaber,
you’re revealing how he built that huge castle on
Mustafar, like that’s one of the big story arcs we did. So you want those stories
to feel as epic as anything you saw on any of the films,
but also give new layers and show new things
about Darth Vader. And the main goal
for that series was taking you from the
place where he remembered being Anakin Skywalker, to just
letting go of Anakin Skywalker and saying, OK, I’m Darth
Vader, I’m ready to do what I need me to do. – That’s such a cool
space to play in. – You’re telling me. – I know, right? – I know, it was great. – And a lot of us
around here really loved the Lando mini series.
– Thanks. – And there weren’t that
many stories about him. – Right. – And you got to dive into
Lobot a little bit more. – Yeah, absolutely. – And that relationship
was so cool. – Yeah. So when we see Lobot in
“The Empire Strikes Back,” he’s a robot or an
android, like he doesn’t any personality really. But in the “Lando”
miniseries, it’s set before that when
Lando’s like Straight Man, like his buddy. And over the course of the
story, you find out how Lobot, and why, more
importantly, Lobot became the sort of
blank-faced automaton that we see in “The
Empire Strikes Back.” – Are there any
characters in “Star Wars” that you really, really want to
write for that you haven’t yet? – I have written one panel of
Luke Skywalker, and that’s it. I would love to write
more for Luke Skywalker. I think hopefully I’ll have a
chance to do that at some point soon. I’ll write Palpatine any
chance I get, all the time. But, hey, you know, any
era you pick in “Star Wars” has cool characters
to work with, so. – Right. Comics have such a rich history
in the “Star Wars” community. – Yeah. – What is it about comics that
kind of keeps you coming back? – Well, it’s impactful. Like you can show Darth
Vader igniting his lightsaber for the first time. I could write the hell out
of that scene in prose, sure, but when you see an artist–
like the artist I work with primarily on the series
is Guiseppe Camuncoli, who’s brilliant, he’s a genius, and so
when he draws it, you feel it. It hits you in the gut in
this really visceral way. And you can do everything
from massive space battles to very intimate
character moments. I think it’s as close as
you can get to the movie without being the movie. And the other thing
that’s great about it is that they come out kind
of thoroughly rapidly. And so in the frame
of like 25 issues, you might get like five
novels’ worth of stuff or five movies’ worth of storytelling. You can go to all these
incredible places, you can tell all
these amazing stories, and then you could
just keep telling all those amazing stories.
It’s great. It’s cool.
– Awesome. Well, thanks for coming by.
– Of course. My pleasure. Thanks for having me. – Just watching the
“Star Wars” show. – I like how in this week’s
Much To Learn video they used both A-T-A-T and ATAT. – Yeah, definitely,
but I say it right. – Yeah. And I’m sure you will
continue to debate this very important
question, and which one do you think Andi says. We want to know
how you celebrate May the 4th this week. – Send us your pictures,
videos, and comments, using the easy-to-remember
hashtag #SWSMT4, and we’ll feature our
favorites here next week. – I say SWSMT4. – Oh, yeah, it rolls
right off the tongue. – Mm-hmm. As always, remember
like the video, subscribe to the channel,
follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. – Thanks for watching, and
May the 1st be with you. [LIGHTSPEED SOUND] [BEEP] SWSMT4 sounds like some sort
of weird new-age walker. [BEEP] Is it SWSMT4 or SWSMT4? – SWSMT4.
– Oh, OK. – That’s how I always say it.
[BEEP] – Real fans do it. – Real fans say SWSMT4. [BEEP] [COMPUTERIZED MUSIC]

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  1. Heeell yeeeaaaa!!! 😀 May The 4th is right upon us!!! 😀 :3 <3
    I will celebrate it will all my SW passion that i remember and that i still have inside me! 😀

    Charles Soul seems to be a great SW comics storylines creator and even if i did not read any of his issues, i saw some bits of them and they already look amazing 😀 Like you feel the tone in each series that he writes + Star Wars Explained loves him 😛

    I cannot wait for Saturday! 😀

  2. That darth vader comic was one of the strongest canon comics so far! More comics with that sort of vibe would be great!

  3. Awesome video:D If you are interested in Star Wars, you may also like our "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" TRAILER PARODY!

  4. May is my birthday month! If only it was on May 4th. But its just as important because it falls on mother’s day, may 10th. :3 Still, happy early SW day everyone!

  5. AT-AT is 22 meters! The Empire uses the metric system , not the “imperial” system Jajajaja

  6. Charles Soule is a talented writer. I love the way the Vader comics when into his progression and development without taking away the terror of being around him.

  7. For Saturday, May 4, 2019, I’m going to watch Star Wars the clone wars. All six seasons of the clone wars series

  8. the charles soule vader arc is one of the greatest comics i've ever read. gorgeous art and such a mysterious, interesting story.

  9. I'm not a fan of comics but I gobbled up his Vader series. It was well-written, loved the stories and the art was great. He is a talented professional that I hope gets to write everything he wants to.

  10. As May the 4th is also my birthday, I'll probably be doing a Star Wars marathon, eating pizza and enjoying the day. Who's in?

  11. I'm celebrating May the 4th by ordering the new 75244 Tantive IV, and getting the May the 4th Hoth promo.

  12. I have a question its free comic book Saturday and I was wondering if on Saturday I could go on Amazon and get a free comic book or will I have to go somewhere else and get one free.

  13. Mustafar is Red
    Kamino is Blue
    Master Skywalker there are too many of them…
    What are we going to do?

  14. May the fourth be with us all

    Rest In Peace, Peter Mayhew. Thank you for bringing joy to so many people across the world. You will be missed and loved forever ❤️

  15. #SWSMT4 I’ll probably play some Star Wars video Games like lego Star Wars the complete saga and the Star Wars plug and play Games

  16. One thing I have NEVER understood about Star Wars in all this time, is why there are only two factions: Jedi and Sith. Like, can't there be Anti-Jedi? Jedi who manipulate the dark side of the Force to do good things? The closest thing we've ever had to this is my favorite Star Wars character: Starkiller, aka Galen.

  17. J'ai envie dark vador revienne dans la saga star wars episode9 c'est nul star wars sans dark vador

  18. faut que dark vador revienne tres vite dans la saga c'est trop nul sen lui reut mettai le dans star wars 9 dark vador svp




  20. Will there be new squadron for Star Wars canon like Marvel star squadron or Marvel infinity star squadron , Fire Marvel squadrons and thunder triton squadron !?

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