Sora battling Darth Vader would have made nerds everywhere cream their jeans, but would Marvel and Star Wars have suited Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts 3?
Kingdom Hearts 3 is NEARLY available for us all to play. Yes, despite everyone being afraid that the long awaited conclusion to Square Enix’s Final Fantasy and Disney crossover was doomed and destined to be cancelled, the third (and supposedly final) instalment of Sora’s melodrama will be released on January 29, 2019. And it looks amazing!
For people (like me) who grew up with the first and second entries on the PlayStation 2 and incessantly obsessed over them, Kingdom Hearts 3 appears to be everything and more they ever wanted. However, despite all this, there are newcomers and series veterans who might be slightly annoyed that Star Wars and Marvel are not in any of the Disney worlds. While director Tetsuya Nomura said in June 2018 that it would be difficult for either beloved franchise to be in any future instalments, would Jedis, Siths, superheroes and supervillains have suited Kingdom Hearts?
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Despite being someone who continuously loses potential mates for openly admitting to not liking Star Wars, it’s easy to see why people wanted the never-ending movie saga in Kingdom Hearts 3. Both properties are obsessed with light and dark, and they’re both – and fans will admit this – hammy. Star Wars in Kingdom Hearts just writes itself with the similar themes and manipulative antagonists, and the boss battle between Sora and Darth Vader in a keyblade vs. lightsabre duel would have made nerds everywhere cream their jeans.
As for why people wanted to see Sora, Donald and Goofy hook-up with the Avengers, it’s because we live in a depressing world where one of its only positives is Marvel being everywhere.
It would have been somewhat humorous and thrilling to play as Sora alongside the likes of Iron Man, Thor and Captain boyscout America in a desperate bid to save New York from Loki, but it’s undoubtedly Star Wars that would have offered the more thematically appropriate world. And with Pirates Of The Caribbean being the most visually impressive world shown in Kingdom Hearts 3’ trailers, the levels and environments would have been beautiful recreations for fans to thoroughly explore and lament any minor inaccuracies. Yet, at the same time, it’s a massive relief that neither Jedis or Marvel superheroes are in Kingdom Hearts 3.
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Star Wars and the Avengers are technically Disney properties, but they’re not franchises anyone immediately associates with the house of mouse. Unlike Big Hero 6, Tangled, Hercules, Frozen and even Pirates Of The Caribbean, they don’t have that Disney magic because they’re not trying to be commodities that – theoretically – share a universe with Mickey and princesses like Ariel and Belle. Kingdom Hearts is a celebration of said Disney magic lacking in everything Marvel and Star Wars, and it would have felt like a betrayal for Square Enix to move to these popular domains when there are animated classics like Robin Hood, the Jungle Book, and Atlantis that are yet to be explored.
Some people are disappointed that it’s impossible (meaning extremely expensive) for Star Wars and Marvel to be in Kingdom Hearts 3 and beyond, but they shouldn’t be. Yes, Star Wars is a world of light-and-dark, as well as one that offers a variety of combat scenarios, but it and Marvel lack the Disney magic that the Kingdom Hearts series is designed to celebrate. Toy Story, Big Hero 6, Monsters, Inc., Hercules and a revamped Pirates Of The Caribbean are more suitable adventures brimming with equal amounts of exciting situations involving gameplay, and fans and newcomers should be excited to explore all of these worlds.
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