Princess Leia has certainly been discussed a lot lately. The new Star Wars trilogy has put many of the original characters at the forefront of fans minds once again. Carrie Fisher will resume her role for the upcoming trilogy as Disney continues to put its stamp on George Lucas’ franchise.
Recently here at Comic Booked, we brought you the story of Disney reversing the decision to not provide fans with new Leia toys. Marvel seems to be paying attention, if the rumors from San Diego Comic Con are any indication.
It is from the floor of the now famous convention that BleedingCool.com brings the bit of information that has Star Wars fans excited. It seems, according to the rumor, that Princess Leia will be getting her own title under Marvel’s agreement with Disney to publish new Star Wars comics. Her title will be in addition to the two Star Wars titles previously announced.
Once Disney purchased Marvel and later purchased Lucasfilm, it seemed an easy conclusion that Marvel would reacquire the Star Wars licensing. That announcement came from Marvel in early 2014 and, again according to rumor, the company seems poised to make the best of the situation.
Leia has consistently been one of the most adored female characters in science fiction history. Her consistent ability to be more than just the standard “damsel in distress” has led to droves of fans for the character. Her inclusion in the original trilogy of Star Wars gave fans just enough to drive their imaginations around Leia’s background and various stories.
On the heels of the announcement that Thor would be portrayed as a woman, Marvel seems to be doing all it can to break the mold of the past comic book success. Strong female characters, as well as strong characters of various races and sizes, seem to be a focus point for Marvel going forward.
The new comic series has a great opportunity to explore some of Leia’s life that fans have not been subjected to in the past. Expect the character to find some background depth far beyond what most have hoped for.
While the news is still fresh and largely a rumor, the official announcement and details will be anxiously anticipated. Which artist and which writer will take on one of the most daunting exploits for the new Marvel property has yet to be revealed.
What do you think? Are you going to make sure you have the first issue as soon as it hits the stands? Share your thoughts with the Comic Booked community in the comments below.