After years of demand and speculation, Obi-Wan Kenobi is finally streaming on Disney+ from May 27 to provide more insight into one of Star Wars’ most beloved characters.
And with the return of both Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen returning to their roles as Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker — the first time, bar some voice credits, since Episode III in 2005! — we can only assume that the two will face off again.
Set 10 years after Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan Kenobi will bridge the gap between handing over Luke Skywalker to his aunt after Anakin becomes Darth Vader, and Star Wars: A New Hope, where we see him as an old man. Via trailers, we see that Obi-Wan is hiding on Tatooine, a planet familiar to anyone who’s seen The Mandalorian.
Expect a slew of new faces too, with a heap of huge stars and indie faves signing up to the Disney+ show. Kumail Nanjiani (The Eternals), Benny Safdie (co-director of Uncah Jams) and PEN15 co-creator and star Maya Erskine are all popping up, as are returning actors Bonnie Piesse and Australia’s own Joel Edgerton, who played Luke’s aunt and uncle, respectively, in the trilogy prequel.
More time spent with one of Star Wars‘ most beloved heroes is always welcomed, but of course, we all know he’s doomed to die at Darth Vader’s hands in Star Wars: A New Hope. With that in mind, we’re all hoping for a re-match and we’ve come up with four ways we’d love to see them duke it out.
1. A Podrace
The ultra-high-speed podraces seen in the Skywalker trilogy were highly dangerous and often deadly. We know that Anakin can handle himself in a pod, freeing himself from slavery by winning a race, and that generally humans don’t podrace too much. But we have a feeling Obi-Wan could give him a run for his money — and since we already know Obi-Wan is hanging out on Tatooine, maybe he’s had some time to practice.
2. Light-slay-ber Battle
We know Obi-Wan will ultimately be bested by Anakin Skywalker in a lightsaber battle — wouldn’t it be great if ol’ Obi could have another shot beforehand? We saw on the lava planet Mustafar that Obi-Wan has the skills to best his former pupil, and even tries to end the duel before Anakin got hurt.
But with one battle won by each Jedi, one more final lightsaber duel between the two would reveal who was the ultimate fighter, given that Obi-Wan was much older and tired when they meet in the future.
3. Facing The Senate
While we know he’d have to escape whatever fate the Imperial Senate might have for him, a passionate debate between Anakin and Obi-Wan could put aside the brawn and let us hear the two argue for and against the Jedi Order. We’re all for a dramatic, rousing speech — especially if it explores more of Obi-Wan’s feelings of betrayal.
4. Force Off!
In terms of Jedis, Obi-Wan’s use of the Force is up there. Not only does he help teach Luke, he repeatedly comes back in spirit form through the power of the Force — he’s a master of the strange magic, but we’ve rarely seen him use it as his full potential. Maybe when Anakin and Obi-Wan face off, they lose their lightsabers and have to battle it out using their powers? We’d love to see it.
Either way, we’ll find out soon enough. Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres with two episodes streaming only on Disney+ from May 27. In the meantime, may the patience be with you.Image: Disney+