WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
After the successful wrap up of Avengers: Endgame, the bar had been set very high for the wrap up of the Skywalker saga that kicked off back in 1977. Last weekend the “epic” climax of the story was released in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. A lot of critics didn’t give the film a lot of love, and it seems like fans are split on their overall satisfaction of the way the story finally ended. While we know that you are never going to make everyone happy, there is one complaint that has came up as a missed opportunity for Disney in this last trilogy of films.
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That opportunity was to showcase a romance between John Boyega’s Finn and Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron that some people have been pushing for since Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Instead of that the final film featured a new character Zorii Bliss, played by Kerri Russell, who is one of Poe’s former cohorts from his days as a spice runner on Kijimi. Although they both flirted throughout the film, she rejected Poe’s offer of a kiss. The only LGBT+ representation that we saw in the film was a quick kiss by two female resistance fighters, which has been deemed by many as pandering.
In an interview with IGN Isaac commented about the reason why he thought the development of that relationship did not happen, “I think there could’ve been a very interesting, forward-thinking – not even forward-thinking, just, like, current-thinking – love story there, something that hadn’t quite been explored yet; particularly the dynamic between these two men in war that could’ve fallen in love with each other. I would try to push it a bit in that direction, but the Disney overlords were not ready to do that,” said Isaac.
Boyega also gave his opinion on the Finn Poe relationship dynamic calling it platonic via Variety. “They’ve always had a quite loving and open relationship in which it wouldn’t be too weird if it went beyond it. But at the same time, they are just platonic at the moment,” said Boyega.
Although there have been several LGBT+ characters in several Star Wars novels, they have not been featured on screen. Although this could have been the moment to do so with Finn and Poe, if it wasn’t planned from the inception then it could have again been seen as pandering. But it’s also not out of the realm of possibility that Disney executives weren’t ready to pull that trigger, especially with how it may be viewed in some global markets.
Did you want to see that relationship develop into something more than platonic? Or were you happy with the way it was? Let us know in the comment section below!
Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now in theaters everywhere.