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    Default What's the big difference between the Marvel and Dark Horse Expanded Universe?

    Also is the Marvel Comics from 2015 onward in the same continuity as their Star Wars conics from 1977-1986?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy Hunter View Post
    Also is the Marvel Comics from 2015 onward in the same continuity as their Star Wars conics from 1977-1986?
    I'd say they can be if you want to.

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    What's the big difference between the Marvel and Dark Horse Expanded Universe?
    Editorial independence. Dark Horse and its Star Wars editors had more independence doing what they wanted and avoiding having to answer to the continuity cops at Lucasfilm such as pulling out from NJO once Del Rey decided they wanted total control of theproject. Marvel SW seems to have to answer to the Lucasfilm Story Group and work on their personal pet projects like High Republic. Because of that, Star Wars seems to have become a lower priority project at Marvel attracting the b and c-list talent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy Hunter View Post
    Also is the Marvel Comics from 2015 onward in the same continuity as their Star Wars conics from 1977-1986?
    The difference primarily being that since the initial 6 films had been wrapped up at the time of writing they didn't have to do nearly as much ass pulling in order to explain inconsistencies between the EU and the films. This was a bit of a problem for Darkhorse as things had been coming out where one character or event would have a backstory that suddenly became invalidated by newer material. Marvel would upon regaining the license have far more consistency. This also went to the aesthetic choices as well. Notably the Jedi outfits changed a few times from being kind of generic fantasy to the outfits they wore in the prequels. And further Disney didn't have to deal with certain mandates as things like the Old Republic despite being thousands of years in the past is nearly identical to the look of the Prequels which of course conflicted with things out prior. Marvel does have to deal with LFL approving works but it's for the sake of a consistent product and basically what happens when you work with an I.P.

    Disney's largest difference in continuity is that the post ROTJ era went arguably a lot smoother. For all the talk of a third and fleet of Death Star's the Darkhorse continuity constantly pulled ancient sith lords and super weapons out its ass all the time. The Empire also went much longer as that was what sold. While other conflicts did occur in Darkhorse continuity the preference for OT material meant stories overlapped on themselves or even created plot holes like who actually designed the Death Star and where the laser even came from (which was kind of a big plot hole given it's built during the prequels).
    In Disney canon they basically excised the EU since it was by 2014 unwieldy even for people like Filoni who had his fair share of continuity hiccups. Disney would take the films, the clone wars show/movie (because Lucas happened to work on it) and that's pretty much it. They basically started fresh as to avoid the same sort of mistakes Darkhorse was making from a continuity standpoint as well as do better in terms of tone and the aesthetic. Whether they did or not is entirely subjective.

    Marvel's continuity is not the same one from the older material though they do pull from it on occasion.
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    Marvel certainly focuses more on the main characters from the films, for the most part, although they've also had miniseries focused on side characters and an entire series devoted to a new character they created (Doctor Aphra). Dark Horse was somewhat limited with this, as the Bantam and later Del Rey novels mostly took up the further adventures of Luke, Han and Leia post-ROTJ so Dark Horse mostly dealt with stuff set in the distant past (Tales of the Jedi/Knights of the Old Republic etc) or future (Legacy) with side characters (Rogue Squadron, Boba Fett). Ditto with the prequels-most of their stuff focused on the kind of "Grey" Jedi Quinlan Vos instead of Anakin/Obi-Wan/Padme. There are some exceptions though (Dark Empire) and DH did some novel adaptations or side-stories as well (The Thrawn Trilogy, Splinter of the Minds Eye, Shadows of the Empire) or reprints of the Marvel and newspaper stuff from the 80s which also featured them a lot.


    Apart from some characters from older canon being reworked into new canon here and there (Thrawn, but also Marvel's Valance), pretty much everything EU from before 2014 that is not The two trilogies or the CG Clone Wars is pretty much considered non-canon.
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