Ever since the Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was released, it created chaos amongst the audience on how they can enjoy the franchise series. It all happened because the Directors took the story for this episode from the original trilogy sequence where many old characters made a comeback.
The release of this movie gives the audience a choice to enjoy the series in two watch orders. One is the chronological order, and the other being the original release date pattern. So now how does one decide which way will suit them the best?
Whether you watch the movie in a chronological pattern or the original pattern, both will come with their outstanding share of pros and cons. As a viewer, it is up to you to decide what watch order will give you the satisfaction of enjoying the ultimate battle in a galaxy far away from us.
While we respect the people who watch the movie in the original release patterns, we have observed that watching the franchise in chronological order will keep the most epic spoilers reserved for you till the very end. So go ahead and see how you can watch the movies in the said order on Disney+.
Star Wars Movies in Chronological Order
It has always been a tough choice for the audience whether to watch the series in chronological order or just as per the release date. Whether you decide to watch the series in any way, it will give you a lot of thrills and excitements. So get ready to enjoy the battle of the Empire and the dark force in a galactic universe. I warn you, though, there will be a lot of spoilers ahead waiting for you.
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
The Phantom Menace was the first movie released in the prequel trilogy series in 1999. The film introduces us to Anakin Skywalker, as a young boy gifted with the power of the force. Anakin is the last known Jedi Knight in the Star Wars universe. In this movie, Anakin will be seen getting trained by Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobi to become a warrior of the highest order and get ready to battle against the Sith, enemies from the dark side of the force.
Release Date: 1990
Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
Next up from the prequel trilogy, you have to watch the movie Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. In this movie, Anakin Skywalker is all grown up, indulged in Jedi training sessions with his master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Attack of the Clones after focuses on the growing love between Anakin and Senator Padme Amidala. Anakin is also a teenage boy with rising anger issues that will soon take over the better of him.
Release Date: 2002
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
While fighting with his inner demons and trying to control not to let his anger get the best of him, Anakin Skywalker finally gives up and accepts the dark side of the force. Meanwhile, you will also see Padme giving birth to Anakin’s twin kids Luke and Leia. Finally, the movie will show the events where Obi-Wann and Anakin (now Darth Vader) will fight each other to their deaths resulting in a devastating fall of the Republic and the rise of the Empire.
Release Date: 2005
Solo: A Star Wars Story
If you have done your research, you probably already know who Han Solo is and what his role will be in the future of Star Wars movies. Solo is a Star Wars movie that will take place ten years before Star Wars: A New Hope. In this movie, you will see Han Solo trying to make a good fortune while meeting his future partners Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian.
Release Date: 2018
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One is a stand-alone Star Wars movie that will show a group of spies try to get their hands on the plans of a deadly weapon Death Star. In addition, the film will show the first glimpse of a rebellion alliance formed to stand up against the rules of the Empire. This movie will also witness the comeback of Darth Vader in the Star Wars future.
Release Date: 2016
Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
This installment in the franchise will focus on a young farm boy Luke Skywalker and his sister, whom he doesn’t know about Princess Leia Organa. Luke is on a journey to discover more about his life and his birth parents when he finds Han Solo, and they join forces to fight against Darth Vader.
Release Date: 1977
Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
The Empire Strikes Back is considered one of the most popular and successful films of the franchise Star Wars. The reason behind its popularity is that Luke finally gets to know who his birth father is and also comes to know that Princess Leia is his birth sister. During this movie, Luke will also be seen receiving Jedi training from a small wise puppet Yoda.
Release Date: 1980
Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
Return of the Jedi is the last installment in the original trilogy of the film series Star Wars. The movie will witness the final confrontation between Luke and his father, Darth Vader, along with the lord of the dark force Emperor Palpatine, who is seen around since the very beginning of this saga. With the Return of the Jedi, Luke will end the story of death star with the help of Ewoks and the help of the rebel forces.
Release Date: 1983
Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
The Force Awakens is set thirty-two years after later after the wrap of the original star wars movies. The movie will see Luke, Leia, and Han Solo back in action leading a new group of heroes to fight against the newly formed alliance of villains. The new age of heroes will see Rey, a strong minded-girl with a deep connection to the force, and kylo Ren, whose blood runs deep into the toots of the Star Wars franchise.
Release Date: 2015
Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
After the events of The Force Awakens, our newly formed heroes are ready to take over villains where Rey is seen getting trained by Luke Skywalker, who is a bit reluctant about this decision while developing a unique bond with kylo. Whereas Leia is seen taking command of the Resistance, an alliance formed to fight against the First Order replaced the fallen Empire.
Release Date: 2017
Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
The last and the final installment in the series franchise that you will see is The Rise of the Skywalker, where emperor Palpatine will be back in action literally. This time, you will probably witness every character ever seen in the history of Star Wars fighting against the emperor and saving the Empire while putting an end to the Skywalker tragedy, for now, we think.
Release Date: 2019
Though you can see the Star Wars movies in the order of their Release Date: It is good to enjoy the series in chronological order as it keeps a lot of spoilers intact and maintains a mysterious storyline. If you decide to watch the movie in order of Release Date:s as well, it will also keep some of the glorious moments for you right upfront.