Wreck-it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet traffics is an irreverent sort of film. To collide a bunch of properties together, stir them up in the wide seas of the internet, and throw them out into an animated comedy requires a willingness to not take things too seriously. But there are still some things the movie couldn’t joke about.
In a recent interview with IGN, the film’s director, Rich Moore, said that one character in particular was marked as off-limits for their desired mockery: Kylo Ren, the fearsome and complicated villain of the new Star Wars movies.
“At one point we had a joke about Kylo Ren being kind of a spoiled child,” Moore said. “We went to Lucasfilm and said, here’s what we’re doing. And they said, well, we’d prefer that you don’t show him as a spoiled child. You know, he is our villain, and we’d prefer you don’t do that. So we were respectful of that.”
While not exactly a contentious sort of change, it goes to show that even in the playful, crossover-heavy present, major media conglomerates still hold their most precious properties sacred. Probably don’t expect to see any jokes about Tony Stark’s terrible goatee either.