The OG Jedi Master, Mark Hamill, took it upon himself to spread “May the Fourth” joy all 31 days of May. Social Media first picked up on this holiday-of-sorts sometime around 2008. May 4th has since turned into “Star Wars Day” and has been officially celebrated in Disney Parks since 2013 (following their acquisition of the Star Wars franchise in 2012). As subsequent Star Wars films have been released, people have continued their festivities by quipping “Revenge of the Fifth” and “Revenge of the Sixth”. But this year, Hamill decided he wanted 31 full days of word-play fun.
May the Fourth still proved to be his most popular with 179K likes and 49K retweets. Fans responded with personal photos, original art and, of course, GIFs.
And May The Fourth Be With You ❤️ pic.twitter.com/YDadjEzQR8
— Hamill❤️Skywalker (@HamillSkywalkr) May 4, 2018
Since it’s #MayThe4thBeWithYou I wanted to share w/you @HamillHimself, some chalk art I did the day @carrieffisher journeyed off into the universe. The 2nd pic is some awesome art in my friends’ dining room. pic.twitter.com/NeAINJ3r7W
— Mike Kirkpatrick (@screaminyeti) May 5, 2018
— Tamara (@nunyurbiznis) May 4, 2018
— Fireball 33 (@JohnMichaelRodg) May 4, 2018
But May the 9th was a close second with 154K likes and 32K retweets. In it Hamill refers to the upcoming Star Wars installment, set to hit theaters in 2019, jokingly stating that he hopes it to “Be Perfect & Not Ruin Anyone’s Childhood”.
Some readers felt like his sentiments came too late.
Hope so… but it's a bit to late…
The 8th did a lot of damage.
— Who Am I ? (@NotDrSheldonC) May 9, 2018
May The 9th Episode Be Deleted Forever (As Well As The Two Before It)
— Aegon (@Shield_Brother7) May 9, 2018
While others showed their support of the films’ evolution.
— REYLO_ARG (@reylo_arg) May 9, 2018
The 8th Episode was perfect and COMPLETED my childhood. /salute
— R. K. #SavedTheExpanse (@rkmacpherson) May 9, 2018
Even Hamill’s least successful “May the…” tweet earned him 5.7K likes. My personal favorite? Well there are just too many too choose from. Thirty-one to be exact. See the full calendar and find your favorite here.
We've now arrived at 31-Which means my work is finally done. You think more “May The” would be fun? Then save this tweet & just rerun, 'cuz my brain aches & I AM DONE. pic.twitter.com/oXdNn0qzS1
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 1, 2018