The question regarding the possibility of Star Wars in KH4 has raised an interesting question. If this is indeed Endor, then that means that the world's story will take place during the events of Return of the Jedi.
This leads me to my main question; when Sora and company arrive in a galaxy far, far away, will they only be on Endor or will they start off on other planets showcased in the film. Namely, will we see Jabba's Palace on Tatooine, or travel with Luke Skywalker to Dagobah?
It would stand to reason that Sora would travel to the Death Star II to aid Luke in confronting the Emperor and trying to save Darth Vader.
Hoo boy. Is Square-Enix in for a treat.
1. Let's start with purpose:
Q: What is the purpose of Return of the Jedi's Luke character?
A: To fulfill the requirement of Lucas's research and conclusions on world religions for the hero's journey and to wrap up Star Wars finally.
A. The good son redeeming the good/bad father, as Lucas stated in the July 1981 storyboards.
Now, how does Sora fit in with all of this?
I have no idea.
Maybe they should all wait on Endor and help open up that door to the Endor Bunker.
Granted, I am not a huge fan of ROTJ Luke (TESB is far superior in ethics, conduct, and emotionally resonant, imo.). And we will (probably) get to see this face in all of its splendid glory:
Look, I said it before, I'm not a big fan of this Luke, even though he's like supposed to be the cream of the crop, the ultimate form of Luke. A Dragonite looks less ugly (both in purpose and appearance) compared to a Dragonair from Pokemon, as opposed to ROTJ Luke to TESB Luke. I'm not joking.
LOOK AT THIS SHOT from TESB- LOOK AT IT:
This is like night and day. We have a close-up shot of Luke's face here, with WIDE-OPEN eyes, shortly/right at the beginning of the Bespin fight with Vader. He's going up to fight against a dangerous foe, whom he probably has some emotional baggage with (supposedly killing his father, Obi-Wan's death, his friends were tortured under Vader, etc.). It feels WAY more real to me than Luke giving his monotone, almost emotionless speeches in ROTJ, with an almost coaxing approach to me that sort of feels both hollow and smacks of arrogance/manipulation? (perhaps unintentionally), imo. And yes, I say this in light of Luke in the throne room scene in ROTJ:
1. Luke struggling like a indecisive kid with stealing a cookie from the cookie jar when he hides from Vader. (Not very heroic, imo.)
(I am fear, hear me roar.) This is (basically) Luke's face right after Vader concludes that Luke has a sister, This is also not very heroic and actually makes the transition to full-blown anger in the next scene rather jarring, imo, since the (hidden) reaction is on Vader talking before Luke animatedly screams, "Never!".
This is ROTJ in a nutshell, in my honest opinion:
It's Luke acting with a holier-than-thou attitude (to the Emperor, to a lot of his obstacles) whilst Vader stands in the background, exerting his peer-pressure, in the hope of converting Luke to the dark side, since the Emperor can (somehow?) do it better than he can, even though Vader has the best persuasive arguments compared to the Emperor in TESB. And it's also since Vader gave up converting Luke directly in this film, even though that was R2-D2's fault (and Vader DID attempt to mentally persuade Luke on the Falcon after the fight, so he didn't just give up in TESB right after Luke made the jump, as opposed to common knowledge of the scene, imo.). Unless you argue that Vader was mentally worn down, it seems a bit convenient and lazy of Vader, imo.
This attitude from Luke flucuates between the fear that I showed in the pics (struggle from the dark side) and a stoic (Jedi?) demeanor. There is some genuine emotion sprinkled throughout, but I feel that overall it doesn't shine like it does in both ANH and TESB, imo.
Namely, will we see Jabba's Palace on Tatooine, or travel with Luke Skywalker to Dagobah?
Jabba's palace in the narrative primarily fulfills these needs:
1. Wrap up saving Han Solo.
2. Show Luke as an equal to Vader as fulfilling his (largely?) stoic Jedi role.
3. Parallel and Contrast the confrontation with the Emperor later in the film (Luke has success with Jabba by gloating over him/saying that he'll die, but bragging in front of the Emperor/claiming that he has the upper hand falls remarkably flat.).
4. Show how much Luke cares about his friends.
Also to answer this question (the antagonist, who may be the central conflict in this world):
2. Who is the Emperor?
A. The Emperor is a Lich-type character, as described as such/in a similar fashion (I think by Phil Tippett, who did the make-up for the Emperor.) The Emperor was also envisioned as being drawn from an Obi-Wan-esque/Obi-Wan character, hence the hooded appearance (Yes, it's not just because he's a creepy dude/Satan.). Also, The Emperor is Richard Nixon, his surroundings having been described as Nixonian and Lucas having described The Emperor's backstory as Richard M. Nixon (which I initially thought was a joke, but I think he was being serious.) in the July 1981 storyboard meetings for ROTJ. The Emperor is also a puppet for the dark side, as the Making of the Empire Strikes Back says with (presumably?) Lucas's notes from its development. I believe that Lucas has also called the Emperor an embodiment of the dark side??? (I will need to check that again.) I do know that the Emperor was expanding on the concept of "only your hatred can destroy me" line/concept from TESB from TESB Vader, which is why the Emperor seemingly has Vader's lines/ideas in the film.
I just feel that overall, mixing Sora, Donald, and Goofy into the mix of all of this is going to be really weird, plus especially if a giant heartless appears at the end.