On the eve of Avengers: Age of Ultron debuting in theaters across the country, Marvel and Disney held an epic 48 hour movie marathon that showed all the Marvel Cinematic Universe installments in one sitting. But with Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting theaters in December, that might not happen. Its universally known that the prequel trilogy did not sit well with fans. So showing them right before the next big chapter in this sci-fi saga sets out to rejuvenate the franchise might not be such a good idea. At least in the States. It seems those in China will get a chance to see all 6 movies together on the big screen for the first time this September.

All six existing Star Wars movies will screen together at the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival, also known as SIFF. Walt Disney Pictures announced the news today along side the SIFF organization committee. The plan is to whet the appetite of Chinese filmgoers for the new Star Wars saga, since a new film hasn't been in theaters for more than 10 years, since Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith debuted in 2005.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will open in China on December 18. SIFF will run from June 13 until June 21. The movies to screen will start with Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, followed by Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. Then those attending the festival will get to see Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. It is said that this is the first screening of the original three movies in Chinese cinemas. What do you think? Do you want to revisit the prequel trilogy before seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the big screen? Or do you feel that would taint the experience?

B. Alan Orange