I was on my way to the local premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens when I was accosted by a stormtrooper.
“Halt right there, let me see your pass!” the stormtrooper said, though I could tell it was Rachel under there.
“Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?” I asked.
“Ha, good one!” Rachael said as she was taking off her helmet.
“Thanks, you look ready to see this. Are you excited?” I asked.
“Of course.” she said, “By the way where is your costume?”
“This is my costume,” I said, “Can’t you tell, I’m Jessica Jones.”
“Ah, of course. I just have a couple of problems with that.” she said.
“First, I recall you wore the same outfit the last time I saw you, and second, Jessica Jones is part of the Marvel universe, and we are here to see Star Wars so you are supposed to dress like someone in the Star Wars universe.”
I of course knew this would come up. Rachel is a sci-fi geek and tends to go all out. I decided to have a little fun.
“I can’t help it if Jessica Jones happens to dress like me, besides isn’t the Marvel universe and the Star Wars universe the same thing?”
Rachel gave me an odd look, so I continued:
“I mean Star Wars and Marvel are now owned by Disney, and if all the Marvel comics are set in the same universe, and Marvel published a bunch of Star Wars comics in the ’80s, then they have to be the same.” I did my Google searching before I arrived.
“Nice try,” said Rachel. I knew some geekiness was about to come. “The Marvel Star Wars comics did not contain any references to other Marvel characters, and even if they did, they are not canon, and even if they were canon, they would be part of the old ‘expanded universe’ which are now called ‘The Timeline of Legends’ which Disney decided to drop for the new movies. Also since 1991, Star Wars comic books have been published by Dark Horse Comics.”
“Sorry,” I said, “I didn’t understand most of that.”
“That’s OK,” replied Rachel with a sigh, “Someone who is better at explaining stuff is on her way here now.”
I turned around and a red-headed woman dressed similar to “Rey” from the trailers with a BB8 droid rolling beside her.
Rachel made the introductions “Hello Professor, I’d like you to meet Ariane Barnes, the friend I was bringing.”
“Nice to meet you Ariane,” said the professor, “Just call me Paula. As you can guess I teach at the college, and Rachel has taken a couple of classes from me.”
“Well nice to meet you too,” I said, “Nice droid.”
“Thanks,” said Paula, “When I heard that they made a droid like this for real for the movie, I figured out how it works and built one for myself in the college robotics lab. It’s not perfect but it’s a work in progress.”
“Uh, Paula,” said Rachel hesitantly, obviously she prefers to call her Professor, “We were just discussing if there were any connections between the Marvel universe and the Star Wars universe, what do you think?”
“Sure, that’s easy,” said Paula who grabbed a smart phone from a hidden pocket and tapped away for a good minute or so at an impressive speed. Even more impressive is what happened next.
Paula’s BB8 droid turned around and displayed a holographic projection into the street, then Paula started to explain, “As stated in the introduction of every film, Star Wars is set ‘in a galaxy far, far away’ while the outer space adventures in Marvel are primarily set in our own Milky Way galaxy mostly on Earth but also other planets in the galaxy in the case of Guardians of the Galaxy, or even parallel realms like Asgard in the case of Thor. So Star Wars and Marvel could be in the same universe, but on different galaxies which explains the lack of crossover. Any questions?”
“Yeah I have one,” said Rachel, “How the hell did you just do that?”
“Just some new tech we’ve been working on, I decided to add it to my droid here, even though it still does not work in daylight or under bright lights,” explained Paula.
“What generated this question in the first place?” she asked.
“Oh I didn’t have a Star Wars costume to wear so I just dressed like normal and told Rachel here I was dressed like Jessica Jones. She as expected, geeked out on me with trivia,” I explained.
Paula laughed, “Rachel actually knows more about this stuff than I do, I’m not even sure who Jessica Jones is.”
“A TV show on Netflix that came out last month, based on a Marvel character, it’s really good if you get a chance to check it out,” explained Rachel as she put back on her stormtrooper helmet. I agreed it was good.
“Oh, maybe I will,” said Paula, “I don’t watch much TV, my spare time has been spent working on BB here.”
“Well good job on BB8, I’m thoroughly impressed with him,” I said.
Rachel agreed, then said, “I think it is time we go in and find our seats.”