Star Wars movies have never shied away from sizeable time jumps between main saga episodes before. Just to go through some of the biggest, there were 10 years between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. 3 years between Clones and Revenge of the Sith and around 20 years between Sith and A New Hope. Finally, we had a huge 30-year gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
The Last Jedi‘s first surprise was really that it was set literally immediately after The Force Awakens. In fact the ending shot of Awakens was not even in the very beginning section of The Last Jedi, though it’s still accepted that there is just no time gap at all between the movies. No Star Wars movie to date has had such a small time gap between movies, whilst not explicitly stated it seems like years passed between the entries of the original trilogy.
Now with a little detective work and some information about Disney Parks newest Star Wars attractions would indicate that there will be a significant time jump between Episode 8 and Episode 9. The Following video is promotional material for Disney Parks, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. The attraction seems to place the audience within the re-armament and scaling up of the Resistance following the events of The Last Jedi.
The question then becomes, “Well is this Canon?”. Apparently so, or as canon as it can be whilst still involving the audience members. According to everything that’s been found so far (you can catch up on this Reddit thread for details), this attraction is about the rise of the Resistance after The Last Jedi and yet set before whatever the events of Episode 9 entail.
So interestingly it does appear as though there may have been some years between The Last Jedi and Episode 9, certainly enough time for the Resistance to have built back up a sizeable amount of forces to combat the First Order.
So, are you happy that time will have passed between The Last Jedi and Episode 9, or did you prefer the immediate follow-on between the previous two movies? Share any thoughts you have in the usual place below.