Since 1977, the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas has conquered space adventure fans with each of his films. With so many films made so far, and the next few to come, what is the chronological order of the Star Wars films and series and the Empire vs. Rebellion?
Rise of the Empire in Star Wars
Years pass with the Galaxy being governed as a Republic. However, an old evil resurfaces among those who govern. This is how the Jedi Order is overthrown when the dark side of the Force comes to power and establishes the Empire in the hands of Darth Sidious and Darth Vader. The few Jedi who survive live in exile.
To better understand the section, the films and series must be seen (in this order):
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Episode II: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Series)
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
The Bad Batch (Series)
The formation of the Rebellion
Time passes and the Empire continues to dominate all, despite some attempts to overthrow it. To settle once and for all, the Empire creates a weapon of mass destruction: the Death Star. Humans and beings from different planets gather in secret to form the Rebel Alliance as a form of resistance to the dark side of the Force. The idea is to recover the Republic. To do so, they manage to steal the planes of the Death Star to destroy it.
Obi-Wan Kenobi (series)
Han Solo: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars: Rebels (Series)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The rebellion strikes back
In possession of the Death Star mechanisms, one of the children, the now adult Princess Leia, is arrested by Darth Vader. But first, he manages to send a cry for help. As fate would have it, the other boy, Luke Skywalker, will eventually receive the message. One of the surviving Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi, reveals that it is time for the boy to become a Jedi as well.
With the help of a pilot and his friend, Luke and the Jedi rescue Leia, but Kenobi sacrificed himself for the group to escape Vader. Then they join other rebels to destroy the Death Star, and are successful in this effort.
The Rebel Alliance continues to face the Empire. Luke has completed his Jedi training with Master Yoda. Solo and Leia are captured while the Empire builds a second Death Star, but Skywalker manages to rescue his friends. Afterwards, Solo, Leia and Luke rejoin the Rebel Alliance to end the Empire’s threat once and for all.
What movies to watch?
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
The New Republic and the First Order
After 30 years, a new danger arises with the number of the First Order, under the command of Kylo Ren, who opposes the New Republic and the Resistance, trying to rescue the Empire. Undeterred, Rey, who is a young force-sensitive scavenger, teams up with a maverick First Order stormtrooper. Together they go in search of Luke Skywalker.
The First Order seeks to dominate the Galaxy without opposition. And for that, a new weapon of mass destruction, StarKiller Base, is created and needs to be destroyed. With Luke’s help, Rey learns to master the Force. The connection between Ren and Leia is discovered, but even so, Rey faces her fate when she confronts him to prevent the return of the Empire.
What series and movies to watch?
The Mandalorian (Series)
The Book of Boba Fett (Series)
Star Wars: The Resistance (Series)
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
This is a chronological order of the Star Wars movies and series, in the battle Empire vs. Rebellion, with all the content available for watch exclusively on Disney Plus.