Disney's Bob Iger has revealed that tentative plans are in motion to add new characters to the second season of The Mandalorian to potentially spin-off into their own series. According to Variety, Iger hinted at the possibility of expanding The Mandalorian's world at an event held for investors.
“The possibility of infusing [‘The Mandalorian’] with more characters and taking those characters in their own direction in terms of series.”
The Rise of Skywalker definitively proved that no franchise is immune to fatigue, not even Star Wars. While the $2 billion global success of The Force Awakens was a feat unlikely to be duplicated, all but Solo achieved $1 billion at the box office, so by no means is Rise of Skywalker a flop. It just made significantly less money than both its direct predecessors. Which begs the questions, is it time for Star Wars to have a little rest as a movie franchise and explored deeper in a variety of TV shows?
Disney still has vast plans for Star Wars as a movie franchise; they're currently teasing the prospect of Taika Waititi (Thor Ragnarok) taking on a Star Wars film after he directed (and appeared) in an episode of The Mandalorian. Ultimately, Star Wars (like Marvel) is a franchise that can work as a TV series or a movie; The Mandalorian has shown it can be done. The Obi-Wan series has suffered a set-back with script rewrites causing a delay in production. Naturally, some corners of the internet overreacted claiming the show was cancelled. Ewan McGregor was quick to silence that rumour claiming the series is very much alive.
Disney recently confirmed that The Mandalorian will return for its second season in October with episodes landing on Disney+ weekly. Meanwhile, felloe Disney+ exclusives The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and WandaVision also confirmed their release dates.