There's something about them in the new Arena pics... an add for recruitment... Will we be seeing anything else about them?
Long before the movie came out, I (and I'm sure every other fan here) had my own ideas about the story. When the movie didn't conform to them, I just shrugged it off. I actually didn't care for the movie, so I perfer to pretend it doesn't exist, but that's a personal choice. If you like the movie, great. But don't exhaust yourself trying to fit it into the games, or attacking other people who enjoy trying to do so.
Your analogy doesn't work. Lord of the Rings is based on a specific story. It's telling the exact same events of the books.
The WC movie isn't telling the story of a specific game.
The novelization goes a long way to show exactly how it fits into the WC canon. No matter how flawed the movie is and how much an individual may not like it or want to ignore it (their perogative) that doesn't change that the events of the movie are official and will be considered in any future WC release. The complimentary arena fiction has already demonstrated subtle nods to the WC movie (and even the unreleased third movie tie-in novel).
Regarding Hawk, he's not a Claw survivor because he wasn't on it when it went down or when Jazz' brother died. Also you need to consider the the context of the statement from WC2. She was specifically refering to a group of friends that served together. It wasn't meant as an exhaustive list of actual survivors.
No, it's telling a story that, quite frankly, bears no resemblence to any of the games and makes practically no sense at all within the games' canon, at least not without significant retroactive convolutions in direct violations of Acum's razor to give it continuity. "Well, Bossman must have been MIA, not KIA, even though his fighter somehow made it back to the ship and so he presumable did as well".
Well, the Rapiers and Broadswords in the movies must just be earlier versions or different fighters witht he same names, which is why they look so different, and maybe they were outmoded by the time WC1 happened so we never saw them on the Claw in WC1".
"Well, Claw Marks makes no reference of the big battles in the movie, even though it lists all the other significant earlier oevents in the war, but maybe it just left that one out".
"Well, this Pilgrim thing that was a huge big deal in the movie is never again mentioned in any of the games because, hey, people must have just gotten over it".
"Well, maybe the Claw was refit which is why it looks so different".
"Maybe Blair never had the opportunity to use the magic abilities he showed in the movie again, which is why we don't see them in the games".
"Maybe all the actions people in WC1 took that imply a first meeting (hunter, maniac, et al) are just because they're making jokes".
"Maybe Paladin transferred from Secret Ops to flight duty, then back to Secret Ops, even though Blair and Maniac were obviously aware of it and but never talk about it in the game, and maybe his accent changed because it was part of his disguise".
See what I mean? A lot of inconsistencies, mainly because the moviemakers seemed to put a higher priority on telling a story and meeting a budget than fitting it exactly with the games. Nothing wrong with that. They were trying to make a successful movie. For the record, I didn't hate the movie as many did and enjoy watching it again on occasion. But forget about the continuity. Movies are movies. Games are games.
That these convolutions are officially sanctioned and therefore "canon" to some fans doesn't make me the slightest bit interested in trying to incorporate them into my view of the world of the games. And aren't we, as the audience and the consumers, the end users after all?
Well, that's fine then--I plan on ignoring Arena as well (mainly because I don't own an X-box and don't plan on buying one for one game, especially a Wing Commander game that is an arcade style shooter, which I hate, and isn't a real combat sim)--but like you said, that's my perogative. Anyway, I find the many inconsistencies between the games and the movies too large for my taste, even if they have been canonized. I agree with the poster earlier that said he had a different canon in his own mind for the movie.
How long was it between the end of SM2 and the loss of the Claw?
So the explanation is that Hawk joined the Claw sometime after Operation Thor's Hammer, and during that time became close enough to Iceman that they voluntarily flew together. He also apparently flew with Blair. Yet he transferred off before K'tithrak Mang? And he wasn't a part of a "group of friends that served together", even though the "Life of the party" Doomsday and Jazz, whom Blair hated, both served on the Claw very briefly (like, a week?) but were included? Just curious...
Movies are movies. Games are games.