Rogue One is an unusual film to come from a massive film studio in 2016. While the rest of Hollywood is aping the Marvel method — creating movies that exist, in part, to establish spinoffs and sequels in never-ending fictional universes — Rogue One is shamelessly standalone. There won’t be a sequel.
Technically, Rogue One isn’t even part of the core Star Wars series. Disney is calling it a “Star Wars Story,” referring to a long-term plan to tell one-off stories set in the same galaxy as the traditional Star Wars films.
Star Wars stories may feature familiar characters (the next film is an origin story for Han Solo) or they may turn a paragraph of backstory into a 133-minute feature (Rogue One explains how the Death Star plans were stolen by the Rebels, a moment briefly mentioned in the opening crawl of A New Hope). All of this can be a bit confusing, especially for more casual fans, so we’ve created this video to help.
No spoilers, we promise.