SWCA 2022: Marvel’s Star Wars: Yoda Revealed

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And soon, readers will be able to explore a new chapter in the Jedi Master’s journey with the Marvel Star Wars: Yoda miniseries. just announced to star wars Celebration Anaheim, the new comic is set in the moments before Luke Skywalker arrives on Dagobah in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Backas the Jedi reflects on his life and his regrets.

Told in three arcs by three writers – Cavan Scott, Jody Houser and Marc Guggenheim – the series will travel back in time to take readers to key moments in Yoda’s life in the prequel era and with an early story set in The High Republic, as he broods over the past. With covers by Phil Noto, artists Nico Leon, Luke Ross and Alessandro Miracolo will illustrate the 10-issue series.

StarWars.com sat down with Scott to find out more about his new story’s place in the timeline of events for Phases I and II of the High Republic Initiative, his sanctuary for his favorite trio of star wars characters, and more.

StarWars.com: You and the other High Republic writers used Yoda carefully and, I would say, sparingly in those days. How would you define your approach to having Yoda as the central character of this series?

Cavan Scott: There was a lot of talk on social media that we were somehow looking to denigrate Yoda or diminish his importance, which couldn’t have been further from the truth. In my first work on the High Republic, I wanted to address Yoda’s reputation and influence with a focus on how the Jedi feel when he’s not around. In The rising storm, for example, there’s a moment when Stellan Gios thinks how much better everything would be if Yoda was there, how much easier. High Republic Jedi hold Yoda in high regard. For Stellan, Elzar and Avar Kriss, he is the gold standard, the ideal they all seek. To them, he is the GOAT, no questions asked.

Dagobah in Star Wars: Yoda 1

StarWars.com: The overarching story takes place just before Luke Skywalker arrives in Empire and the series will focus on Yoda learning patience and other lessons he gives Luke in the film. What was your biggest challenge in creating a story that fits into such an important first meeting for the characters and such a pivotal moment for the fans?

Cavan Scott: It’s not so much about learning patience and the other lessons, but about *remembering* them. He remained alone for a long time with only his thoughts and his regrets to keep him company. (OK, just his thoughts and regrets and lots of snakes, but you know what I mean.) I find this period fascinating. He is a very different being from the one we see even at the end of [Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith]. Like all of us aging, he has become more set in his ways and assumptions, and his frustrations are evident. It’s interesting to think how he got there.

StarWars.com: From a storytelling perspective, what’s the difference between writing the Yoda we know in Empire and Yoda in the High Republic era?

Cavan Scott: He’s more open to the past, less haunted by what he sees as his mistakes, mistakes that have cost the galaxy dearly. He’s more dogmatic than ever with Luke, convinced his way is the only way, even willing to sacrifice Leia and Han if it means defeating the Emperor and Vader. There’s a toughness there that we haven’t seen before, a toughness forged in war, but underneath it all the wisdom still shines. Fortunately, this wisdom, I think, leads him to accept that he can still learn things from his last apprentice. He was right, Luke wasn’t ready to take on Vader physically or Force-wise, but Luke *saved his friends and eventually did the right thing later, throwing down his lightsaber instead of using it in anger . I [would] argue that if Luke had listened to Yoda and Obi-Wan and stayed on Dagobah to complete his training, the outcome would have been far worse.

StarWars.com: You’ll direct issues 1-3 with a story that mostly unfolds as a flashback to the High Republic. What can you tell us about how this aligns with the larger timeline? Were you able to add any new characters, species, or locations that you can tell us about?

Cavan Scott: As I think most people know by now, Phase 2 of The High Republic takes place 150 years before the events of Light of the Jedi. My story here is somewhere in between. We see the Jedi Council from back in the day and meet at least one character High Republic fans will recognize and introduce a couple they might see again as we go back in time for the Jedi Quest.

As for the new locations, yes, we see Yoda as part of a new community, interacting in ways that I don’t think I’ve seen before. One of the things I love about The High Republic is that it shows the Jedi living alongside the inhabitants of the galaxy rather than locked away in their temples. This story is about Yoda being part of a community not his own, finding a new home.

Cover of Star Wars: Yoda 1

StarWars.com: We know you’re Jaxxon’s #1 fan, but what was your relationship with Yoda like before you started working on star wars professionally and how has that changed as a result of this project?

Cavan Scott: I’m all about green obviously! Empire Was the first star wars I saw him in the movies, and like anyone from that era, Yoda had a huge impact on me. His introduction to the swamp as what the script calls the “creature” is just perfect. So mischievous, so playful…and then he completely changes when his true identity is revealed. What a performance from Frank Oz! I had the chance to write Yoda in various projects over the past few years, especially in Dooku: Lost Jedi and each time I write to him, my love for him deepens. It’s fair to say that my home study is a sanctuary for three star wars icons: there are many Obi-Wan figurines; lots, lots, lots, LOTS of Ewok merchandise (do I like those killer bears more than the Lepi? Don’t tell Jax, but there’s every chance!); and then there’s Yoda. The little guy is everywhere, in models, in art and in many LEGOs. Yoda casts a shadow over everything he appears in, and writing it is a privilege and a responsibility that I take seriously.

Associate Editor Kristin Baver authored the book Skywalker: A Family at Warhost of This week! In Star Wars, and an all-around sci-fi nerd who always has one more question in an endless list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it is not. Follow her on Twitter @KristinBaver.

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