When your job is to shape the future of the Star Wars galaxy, you have a lot to geek out over. Possibly every second you're at work. But for the Lucasfilm Story Group's Matt Martin, the creative executive who oversees Marvel's largely excellent new comic books, picking one single premier instance of Star Wars geekery is easy.
"I'm really obsessed with the idea of crossing over all of our different stories," he recently told the packed Marvel panel on April 15 at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. "And if any of you were at the Battlefront panel [earlier today], they showed the trailer for the new game, and the Messenger – which was originally in [the Marvel comic book] Shattered Empire – appeared in the game.
"It's really cool being in the room and seeing a very select group of people freak out because they knew that's what that was," Martin continued. "And I'm like, 'That's why we did that. It's for you guys.'"
Even before the Story Group, however – a time before all content created outside of movies and The Clone Wars was purged from Star Wars canon and reidentified as "Legends" – game developers made a habit of including characters who originated outside of films. Whether they've hailed from books by Timothy Zahn, Saturday-morning television, or even a certain infamous Christmas Special, "Expanded Universe" characters have cameoed – sometimes even starred – in Star Wars games for more than 20 years.
Here are some of the deepest cuts from across Star Wars' expansive history in games.