Hi, I'm a huge Star Wars nerd but idk who Wedge Antilles is. Well I actually don't know a lot because I've only just like seen the movies and the first few episodes clone wars (I don't have Netflix anymore) I have a few books but then I have a bunch of other books to read. I also happen to be a Star Trek nerd so that takes up a lot of time to. So even though I went off topic can you tell me who Wedge is?
^This is Wedge Antilles
Wedge is a character who first appears in A New Hope as a member of Red Squadron (Red Two, to be exact) and helps in the x-wing run to destroy the first Death Star. His x-wing gets hit during the fight and he has to retreat. He is the only member of Red Squadron other than Luke to survive the attack on the Death Star.
After A New Hope, he and Luke work together to create a new squadron of elite pilots named Rogue Squadron (presumably named after Rogue One) who fly in the Battle of Hoth. Wedge flies as Rogue Three in the squadron.
In Return of the Jedi, Wedge is part of the team with Lando Calrissian who destroy the second Death Star. In the special edition version of ROTJ, he can be seen hugging Luke on Endor at the rebel celebration.
He also appears in a lot of old EU/Legends books and comics as a BIG character who forms an elite squadron in the rebellion called the Wraiths.
In the new canon, his backstory has been changed slightly to be that he was once a TIE pilot for the Empire who defected to the rebellion. He’s been in a few episodes of Star Wars: Rebels
^There he is in Rebels! He is smol and full of angst!
Wedge has sort of been a cult favorite for fans since the original trilogy came out, and his adventures in the old EU are really popular. He’s often seen as one of Luke Skywalker’s best friends (possible romantic interest too, depending on who you ask).
The one really sad thing is that the actor who originally played Wedge, Dennis Lawson, has refused to reprise his role in the sequel trilogy, so at this point in the new canon we’re operating under the assumption that he has either retired or died.
Wedge is one of my favorite characters and I talk about him a lot on this blog because he’s just an ace pilot who gets the job done and isn’t looking for glory. Also, me and my friends like to make weird jokes and headcanons about him wearing leather pants in modern AUs or that his full name is actually Wedginald.
Hope that helps!