What exactly is the difference between Star Wars Canon and Legends?
Star Wars Canon vs Legends explained
The Star Wars EU, or Expanded Universe, was written over the 35 years between the release of A New Hope and the reboot of the canon in 2015. There were a massive series of books and comics stretching thousands of years into the past and thousands of years into the future from the main Star Wars films detailing a in-depth history of the galaxy, including what happened to main characters after the films ended. However, when Disney purchased the rights to the Star Wars Universe, they decided to make additional films following on from Return of the Jedi, but didn’t want to just re-tell the story already told in various media in the Expanded Universe. Instead, they decided to axe the whole thing and start from scratch. A blessing and a curse, as many fans loved the stories told and the characters created, but some felt that the old Star Wars EU canon had become too bloated and the time was right for a cull.
Of course, all those books and comics are still out there, but they now come under the the title Star Wars ‘Legends’. Legends covers all the media released before the Disney takeover and reboot, and stories under the Legends brand aren’t considered to be the official version of events.
From the Star Wars press release:
In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe. While the universe that readers knew is changing, it is not being discarded. Creators of new Star Wars entertainment have full access to the rich content of the Expanded Universe. For example, elements of the EU are included in Star Wars Rebels. The Inquisitor, the Imperial Security Bureau, and Sienar Fleet Systems are story elements in the new animated series, and all these ideas find their origin in roleplaying game material published in the 1980s.
Everything published since the announcement then, is official Star Wars canon. This web site features only canon media, so if you want the official version of events, you only need the titles listed here. If you’re just starting with the Star Wars canon, we can help you find the best way to take your first steps into a larger world.