COVID-19 strikes yet again, and this time the victim is Star Wars Celebration. The annual fan gathering which was slated for this August has been cancelled and postponed until 2022 due to the ongoing global pandemic.

What is Star Wars Celebration?

Star Wars Celebration is an annual fan gathering to celebrate the Star Wars franchise. The first event was held in Denver in 1999, to mark the upcoming release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Since then it’s been celebrated in cities such as Orlando, Chicago, and Anaheim, as well as abroad in Germany, Japan, and the UK. The 2020 Celebration would have taken place in Anaheim in August.

A few days ago, the official shared the bad news:

Star Wars Celebration has been treated as a Comic Con exclusive to Star Wars. Since the Disney acquisition, trailers, poster, and casting announcements for the upcoming film releases normally have debuted at the expo.

No Star Wars Celebration in 2021?

2019 Star Wars Celebration
CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 12: Star Wars Celebration at the Wintrust Arena on April 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Getty Images)

The most common question after reading Lucasfilm’s press release is likely, why is the fan event skipping 2021. The answer may be D23. D23 is a biennial expo celebrating all things Disney. Considering Star Wars is a major Disney brand, it would make sense that a lot of major Star Wars could be made at the D23 Expo next summer.

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Star Wars fans should still expect to see many announcements made over the coming months, similarly to the announcement of the new first person dogfighting game Star Wars: Squadrons earlier this week. For example, The Mandalorian Season 2 is fast approaching. Expect a trailer for that to receive a publicity campaign over social media sometime this summer.

Are you bummed about the cancellation of Star Wars Celebration? Do you plan on attending in 2022? Let us know!