Sure, the Star Wars prequels might have had its critics, but there’s no reason we can’t have fun celebrating the 20th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace during this year’s Star Wars Celebration. Not only did The Phantom Menace start a whole new trilogy for the Star Wars franchise, it also brought Star Wars to a new generation of fans.
Posting on its official Twitter account, Star Wars Celebration announced its decision to commemorate the 2-decade-long anniversary of Lucasfilm’s first prequel trilogy installment, reminding fans that the convention would be hosting a special panel for The Phantom Menace for everyone. The spotlight panel is set for Phantom Menace Monday, and fans are being urged to get their tickets before February 27 hits so that they can avoid the long call lines.
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Phantom Menace Monday at Star Wars Celebration! Get your Monday tickets by February 27 and avoid the will call line: https://t.co/nYsmLAeFRq #StarWars #StarWarsCelebration #SWCC pic.twitter.com/KpR21uLowb
— StarWars Celebration (@SW_Celebration) February 20, 2019
Back in 1999, George Lucas started an entirely new Star Wars trilogy by releasing The Phantom Menace. Though the film was one of the most heavily-criticized instalments in the Skywalker saga, fans did enjoy some parts of the film, especially the introduction of Darth Maul, the Sith Lord who easily became a fan-favorite character. Besides that fans managed to make a whole lot of memes out of the film, making fun of the corny lines littered around The Phantom Menace.
Despite the burdened plot, there’s still a whole lot to love about the movie.
Right now we’re not quite sure what Lucasfilm might bring to The Phantom Menace panel, though it might be safe to say that a few members of the film’s cast and crew might take part in the gathering. Hopefully this means appearances by Liam Neeson (Qui-Gon Jinn), Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and of course Ray Park (Darth Maul).
Star Wars Celebration is going to be held from April 11 to 15 at the McCormick Place West in Chicago.