This upcoming May the 4th and Revenge of the 5th won't be stopped by the coronavirus pandemic, as a virtual Star Wars convention has been planned.
A Star Wars virtual convention has been planned for May the 4th. Despite the Skywalker trilogy having recently come to a close with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Disney and Lucasfilm is far from being done with the ongoing saga in a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars is arguably more popular than ever before, meaning fans want to spend as much time soaking up its nearly endless supply of trivia, facts, and history. Since its inception in 2011, May the 4th has practically become sacred to Star Wars fans, regardless of the fact that it isn’t an official Lucasfilm creation.
Each year marks new ways in which to celebrate one of the greatest film franchises of all time, with fans all across the world acknowledging the day. The following day has also become known as Revenge of the Fifth. There have been some past discrepancies regarding Disney’s legal rights to the hashtag #Maythe4th, but so far, nothing has been able to stop the desire of Star Wars fans to celebrate their favorite film series. Unfortunately, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made public gatherings impossible for the time being, but the Force continues to remain strong nonetheless.
Because of the pandemic and the resulting global lockdowns, many fan conventions have been forced to either reschedule or cancel altogether. This is indeed a tough pill for fans to swallow, and celebrating May the 4th as well as Revenge of the Fifth has been looking more and more like it will be an isolated affair. But now, thanks to an online convention hosted by Reedpop and announced by THR, we know that this year Star Wars fans will still be able to enjoy a great celebration. A virtual two-day event will be held to commemorate the fourth and fifth, with numerous live happenings. Check out the itinerary below for full details:
May the Fourth Schedule of Events
Revenge of the Fifth Schedule of Events
Calling itself “an online revelry,” the two days of all things Star Wars will take place through Reedpop social media accounts such as New York Comic Con, C2E2, BookCon, Emerald City Comic Con, and Florida Super Con. Fans of animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be particularly happy to see the large number of events tailored specifically around the series and its finale. While the two virtual events don’t appear to involve any of the cast of the Star Wars films, there will be live-tweeted viewings of all three films in the original trilogy, as well as a live-tweet event of Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. All in all, it appears an excellent celebration is shaping up, regardless of the current global situation.
During these uncertain and challenging times, it’s nice to know some semblance of normality can be maintained, even if it is just through a virtual connection with others. The power of the Force does appear to be very real indeed, with so many fans joining together to share their mutual adoration of the Star Wars universe. Hopefully, by this time next year the difficulties that COVID-19 has created will have been conquered and fans of properties like Star Wars will be able to meet again without having to stay home to do so. For now, however, this year’s upcoming events can still be appreciated and enjoyed in their own way.