The controversy over Star Wars fans and their reactions to the recent output from the series, mainly The Last Jedi, has caused quite a stir online. Not only have two of the significant female characters in the series deleted their social media due to abuse, but director Rian Johnson and anybody in his general vicinity has been swarmed by angry fans. It is truly ridiculous and shined some light on the past of the series to prove this isn’t a new occurrence.
The most recent thing to happen pulled in Mission: Impossible director Christopher McQuarrie to the discussion and ruined his desire ever to make a Star Wars film in his career. It not only showed how much Rian Johnson has likely been dealing with on a daily basis, but it also rang the bell for folks to come to the defense of both directors.
Logan and Cop Land director James Mangold answered that call without even being involved in the Twitter thread that spawned the issue. And with that, Mangold laid out a real concern that should give pause to fans who want to speak out. Jumping from McQuarrie’s swearing off the entire franchise, Mangold says that this type of “fanatical” reaction is going to end up driving any bold talent away and leaving it on the shoulders of the less talented: