When Star Wars debuted in 1977, it changed the game science-fiction and blockbuster filmmaking as a whole. Binary suns, lightsabers, the Millennium Falcon and the trench run are all iconic features of A New Hope, but there are many iconic aspects of the franchise that didn't arrive until its later instalments.
George Lucas' space opera is adored by so many for so many reasons. It takes a classic story, good versus evil, and elevates it to an operatic scale.
Whilst no one doubts the original film is an absolute classic, it is also unquestionable that some of the films that followed are equally iconic. The Empire Strikes Back set the standard for what a sequel should be, for instance.
Star Wars is renowned for dividing fan opinions, however there are some things which all fans agree make the franchise iconic. Whether you love the prequels, originals, sequels, spinoffs or the Disney+ series, Star Wars is Star Wars.
With recent announcements, the Star Wars universe is only going to get bigger. But for now, here are 10 iconic Star Wars things that only came after A New Hope...
10. Exploring A Galaxy Far Far Away
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
The Star Wars' galaxy is obviously vast, however, in the original film we actually only visit two planets (a third is seen blown to bits) and the Death Star. It has almost become a part of the franchise's DNA that each film sees the addition of at least one more planet to the canon.
Hoth, Endor, Naboo, Geonosis, Mustafar, Jakku, Crait and Exagol are all planets with huge pop culture significance, exploring the vast diversity of the galaxy.
With a new planet per film, there is at least 10 times that many new alien species. Each film pushes the Lucasfilm production team to create new worlds and new species to inhabit them. Without sequel films, we would never have met Wampas, Ewoks, Gungans or Sullustans.
Although it must be said, the galaxy far, far away isn't short on desert planets...