Star Wars Reveals New Looks at Young Obi-Wan Kenobi (Photos)
In less than two months, Obi Wan Kenobi will see the return of… well, Obi-Wan Kenobi. The fan-favorite Jedi master will make his first live appearance since 2005 Revenge of the Sith, with Ewan McGregor reprising the role for his fourth live appearance. Fans can expect to meet a somewhat broken Obi-Wan as the Disney+ series covers a key sequence of events during his exile.
Obi Wan Kenobi fills the key space for the character left between Episodes III and IV. The films of the saga have more or less covered the entire life of the Jedi, the series having to tell his last great journey. But there is a period in the character’s life that hasn’t been covered at all: his youth.
Announced a few months ago, Marvel Comics will release a five-issue miniseries titled Star Wars: Obi-Wan. The line is canonically set just before Kenobi’s final adventure in A new hope, with each number effectively serving as a memory of an event at different points in his life before he officially took Luke Skywalker under his wing. The journeys shown will be entirely new, serving to portray his headspace as an older hermit.
Naturally, the first issue will go back nearly 50 years in time to portray an Obi-Wan who is in his youth. The story will take place even before Kenobi’s apprenticeship with Qui-Gon Jinn, and a first look at that matter has finally arrived.
Marvel Comic Shows Young Obi-Wan
SYFY revealed the first official preview of Marvel Comics Star Wars: Obi-Wan Number 1. The panels, devoid of dialogue, depict an older Kenobi on Tatooine before showing him as a young boy on Coruscant.
As a young boy, Kenobi is seen jumping and running through the streets of Coruscant with a determined look on his face.
The young Padawan shows the first signs of his mastery of the Force, forcefully throwing two enemies against each other.
Obi-Wan is also seen standing in a cave among a more sinister-looking group of people, one with horns holding a pendant in front of him.
I’m getting too old for this kind of thing
While Obi-Wan at the start of the clip may not be ready to race, the Padawan seen in the issue’s main events is only at the start of his life as a Jedi. Kenobi can be seen rushing through what is clearly the streets of Coruscant to stop a group of thieves. The blonde Padawan appears to be a friend and partner on the mission, though the two find themselves surrounded rather quickly.
Even from an early age, Obi-Wan displayed strong abilities with the Force. It’s hard to imagine he’s over 10 here, if that, and capable of smashing thugs and running across rooftops. While his time as a teacher and later brother to Anakin Skywalker made him even stronger, the raw ability was still there.
It’s no surprise that Qui-Gon Jinn chose the boy to be his Padawan – something that will be explored in more detail in Issue 2. The Novel Master & Apprentice dives into Kenobi’s early days as Jinn’s teenage apprentice, and things weren’t exactly going well for a while. They eventually became a team and formed the strong bond seen in The Phantom Menacewhich was going to be the basis for the rest of what happened to Obi-Wan in his life.
Perhaps more of this period will be explored in dreams or flashbacks in Obi Wan Kenobi. There’s a good chance that Obi-Wan will commune with Qui-Gon at some point in the story, and if his days with Anakin can be shown, perhaps Jedi life before apprenticeship will also be shown. .
Star Wars: Obi-Wan Issue 1 hits shelves May 4. Obi Wan Kenobi airing on Disney+ on May 27.