Kingdom Hearts 3: Why Marvel, Star Wars and Disney Don't Mix

There’s been speculation regarding which worlds we’ll see return in Square Enix’s in-development Kingdom Hearts III since its announcement during E3 2013.   In the eight-year hiatus of the Kingdom Hearts franchise, Disney has released new films and acquired two big franchises, Marvel and Lucasfilm.  The automatic assumption is “Star Wars” and the “Avengers” will make an appearance in Kingdom Hearts III, but it doesn’t necessarily make sense in the Disney-Square Enix universe.

Let me set the scene: Sora wielding a lightsaber-inspired keyblade, flying around on an X-Wing instead of a Gummi Ship, Donald Duck dressed as Obi Wan Kenobi and Goofy as Chewbacca striking down Storm Troopers in the halls of the Death Star, attempting to hunt down Darth Vader, who is holding Princess of Heart Kairi hostage to draw in the crew.

Cool, right?  The “Star Wars” scene being integrated into Kingdom Hearts isn’t the part I don’t see fit.  The difficulty I see with Square Enix’s Disney inspired world is how the storyline would fit in.  Yes, Sora and Luke Skywalker have a major similarity regarding their stories: they are trying to save the world from darkness.  However, why would Sora need to visit Tatooine?  What lies within the “Star Wars” universe that needs to be explored?  There has to be a purpose as to why King Mickey, Sora or any other of the Disney/Square Enix characters want to travel into a new world.

Marvel super heroes appearing in a Disney-Square Enix universe are a little more difficult to imagine.  At its very core, the Kingdom Hearts franchise consists of beloved Disney and Square Enix characters.  Mickey Mouse is the ruler of the Disney Castle, the link to all the Disney Worlds. It isn’t believable that His Highness is an investor in Stark Industries.  It’s already odd enough when you release a God, a genetically altered soldier and a billionaire genius into the same world.

Kingdom Hearts III was announced during E3 2013. (Credit: Square Enix)

Kingdom Hearts III was announced during E3 2013. (Credit: Square Enix)

Tetsuya Nomura, Square Enix game director, has admitted to wanting to add “Star Wars.”   However, Nomura admitted there are rules and restriction in using the Marvel and “Star Wars” characters, which likely comes down to acquiring rights from the franchise, costing the developers money.

“When I heard the news, I was like ‘Wow! Wow!’ Yeah, obviously it’s going to be great if we could add it [in Kingdom Hearts III], but there are a lot of restrictions and rules by Disney. So we don’t know what’s going to happen, but yeah, we’ll see,” Nomura told the fansite Finaland.

And does the Kingdom Hearts universe really need to add more complexity to its storyline?  There are 12 Kingdom Hearts titles and they all sort of parallel each other.  Sora is asleep in one and awakens to search for his memories, Riku is evil then turns into the protector of Twilight, Roxas and Sora are connected and share the same emotions, Kairi is saved by Sora and then is stripped of her memories and then recovers them…and they’re still teenagers…and that explanation isn’t even scratching the surface.

Think of all the Disney animated films that have come out.  A world based around Elsa and Anna’s story in “Frozen” or a “Brave” inspired bow and arrow keyblade. Kingdom Hearts can also feature the under water world featuring “Finding Nemo” that can be tied into Ariel’s Atlantica.  There is also Pixar’s hit film Wreck-It-Ralph that ties into the story of classic video game characters, not to mention all the possibilities of a “Toy Story”-inspired world. Throwing in Marvel and “Star Wars” characters in a Disney-Square Enix world can easily result in an overload of cameos, taking away from the return of the Kingdom Hearts franchise.

It’s been eight years since the release of Kingdom Hearts II.  Sora and I were about the same age at 15-years-old.  Gamers who played the core Kingdom Hearts games are now adults and are deserving of a more mature storyline with well-thought out placement of the worlds.

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    i was agreeing,but then i saw finding nemo

    • Ducked

      I was thinking the same thing…

  • Eric Chrisman

    I think it can work but you can’t shoehorn it in there. Maybe just little nods like lightsaber keyblades or something.

  • Jackie

    I got no gripe with starwars but i really hope they don’t add it in kh3. Focus on frozen brave and tangled instead

    • Ducked

      Ah yes, Frozen and Tangled in KH3! I still haven’t watched Brave, so I’ll be silent on that.

  • Donald Barnett

    No. Just no. Just cuz they bought them, doesnt mean they have to include them. Its like eating oreos with freakin orange juice instead of milk.

    • Ducked

      Good comparison!

  • Gust

    This is the first article I have read that does not blindly say say yes to marvel and Star Wars thank goodness. One thing though, the series wasn’t on a hiatus because they have been releasing games since the end of KH2.

    • Ducked

      Yeah it annoys me how even big game internet websites like IGN want Marvel, Star Wars, and even the Muppets in KH3. Its so stupid..

  • Tchevette Martinez

    I dont see a problem,I mean the worlds dont really even matter other than the main worlds like Twilight Town or Hollow Baston.

  • Ducked

    Star Wars and Marvel should not be associated with Disney character in Kingdom Hearts. That’s what Disney Infinity is for.

    Frozen, Tangled, Wreck it Ralph, Treasure Planet, The Jungle Book, Toy Story, and Oz The Great and Powerful are Disney worlds that should join in Kingdom Hearts III. I’m sure Frozen is already a definite. And Tangled too, Oz Great and Powerful matches the Kingdom Hearts story, with the heart being taken over by darkness. Wreck it Ralph and Treasure Planet I wouldn’t be very crazy for, but they still seem like decent additions. Jungle Book, why wouldn’t The Jungle Book be in Kingdom Hearts III? Its one of the biggest classics. Toy Story, I don’t really care for that, but I’m sure it will be in the game since its popularity.

    Mainly I really want to visit the world of Arendelle to interact with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf. Not mentioning the world would be absolutely beautiful! Gorgeous! Plus an Elsa boss battle would be pretty epic. Exploring Corona kingdom from Tangled, Flynn Rider and Rapunzel would be awesome battle partners. Also a cool place to explore. Indian Jungle, from the Jungle Book. Baloo would be a great battle partner! Plus boss fights against Kaa and Shan Tiger would be so sweet! As for Oz Great and Powerful, who doesn’t want to see Sora, Donald, and Goofy go to emerald city, and walk down the yellow brick road, battling the wicked witch! Plus, James Franco in Kingdom Hearts….must I say more? I’m sure the other worlds I mentioned have good potential too. I just hope Square stays Star Wars and Marvel free.

    • Raygirl

      I want to go to the kuzco empire and turnio a llama and fight eyzma. Or princess and the frog dr. Facilier fight. Personally the frozen world would be kind of dull. Nothing but snow. And more snow. Traveling the new orleans bayou or kuzcos kingdom would be more enjoyable.

  • Ricky Suarez

    I remember back when I was younger that there was a situation similar to what this article says, that Disney and final fantasy don’t mix and that the game was just going to be stupid. I’m sure it’ll be fine if tetsuya Nomura really felt like he could do if

  • Alex Oweis

    Regarding Marvel and Star Wars, you nailed it on the head, there would be now ideal reason for Sora and company to have to explore the star wars universe and like you said marvel by itself is too chaotic so adding it into Kingdom Hearts would be just a complete mess. I have finally found an article that has expressed what I have been thinking.

  • Raygirl

    To add star wars and marvel are missing the fantasy and magic that makes kh kh. It was bad enough with potc world which for me was very awkward. Marvel would be worse than star wars…its to similar to our modern world. Theres no mystery to it.

  • MegaMann14

    I get why people are against a Marvel world, but it hasn’t crossed anyone’s mind that they could be like the Final Fantasy cameos where they are the same character but their origins have been tweaked to better fit the continuity of the series. And a Wreck-it-Ralph world will most likely never happen. Why? That one world would be a licensing nightmare for Squenix. What I think would work would be a Fix-it-Felix summon that kind of works like Tinker Bell where he continuously heals your party with his hammer.

  • marado

    Yeah Marvel and Star Wars are just too soon and too much IMO. Pixar is definitely plausible Ge and I think they have been partnered slightly longer. Generally only half the worlds are new in each game while there are some old ones for old times sake. I think I remember them stating that KH3 was the end of Sora’s story. Perhaps they can add Marvel and Star Wars when a new story/hero emerges.

  • Aiden

    It seriously feels so good to see an article about this and to see people in the comment section actually having common sense. Thank you so much, I was expecting something different in the comment section, but finally I’ve found the other fans I can relate with. I wish this wasn’t an unpopular opinion… you guys don’t know how many times I’ve gotten into arguments about SW and Marvel being in KH…. all they can use against me is “Disney owns it now.” but exactly… just because Disney owns it doesn’t mean it should be in KH, that’s like saying “HEY LET’S ADD PHINEAS AND FERB” and at least that’s ACTUALLY A DISNEY ORIGINAL. How about we just stick to what KH was meant for. This game has been such a big part of my life, I’d be heart broken to see it become a clusterf**k of nonsense. I feel like those who want this haven’t been long fans or love KH as much because why would they want such ridiculousness?