MOVIE NEWS – The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau has an interesting take on the Anakin vs Luke Skywalker debate, and he even tries to back up his argument.
Jon Favreau, the director and creator of Disney Plus’ beloved Star Wars series The Mandalorian, has thrown his hat into a scorching debate in fandom. He has his own take on who was the more powerful user of the Force in its heyday between Anakin and Luke Skywalker.
After all that Luke Skywalker has done in and out of the Star Wars films, the question may seem simple. But things are not that simple.
Ask 5 Star Wars fans who would win in a fight between father and son, and they will give five different answers, which is odd considering there are only two possible outcomes.
Favreau seems exceptionally committed to one side. However, there are good reasons for this. In a recent interview with The Cyber Nerds, Favreau answered this loaded question while discussing the series. “I think it has to be Anakin, right?” he answered when asked who would win between Anakin and Luke in their heyday. “I mean it has to be. I mean who – a prime Anakin? And there’s so many different phases of it. But… we never really got to see – we saw a little bit of prime Luke with what we did. We alluded to it, but who knows what he’s been off to? But Anakin faced so many more challenges… He was in his prime in a more dynamic period in Star Wars history, right?”
Translated into English, Luke is perhaps easier to identify with, as his is a true coming-of-age story. Some even say that Cassian Andor is the Luke Skywalker of the modern age. But when it comes to pure power and dealing with the Force? It’s hard to deny that Anakin showed a mastery that Luke struggled with even at his peak. As Favreau said, the era helps, as Anakin was forced to make his abilities more practical, having become a Jedi right before the fall of the entire Jedi Order.
Of course, there’s also the question of whether this applies to Anakin as a Jedi or as Darth Vader. It sounds like Favreau is talking specifically about Anakin before the Dark Side took him.
But in this case, it could also refer to him being weaker afterwards because Luke defeated him in his prime – it’s hard to say, especially given Vader’s incredible feats over the years.
Or maybe it’s like measuring the depth of a puddle with a metre stick. This is Star Wars, after all. One day it details the rise of a fascist government, the next, the heroes triumph through the power of friendship. In any case, it’s good to see Favreau taking a serious interest in this kind of thing. The Mandalorian is undoubtedly in good hands.