Star Wars 7 villains have been a subject of debate ever since the release of the latest trailer. However, director J.J. Abrams is officially moving past the villains we know.
Many fans began wondering, after seeing the iconic helmet alongside the equally iconic breathing, if Darth Vader might be back, as previously reported by the Inquisitr. Why else would Luke describe his father as if he’s still around?
“The Force is strong in my family. My father has it.”
What this really indicates is how his father might still be around … as a Force ghost, as seen at the end of The Return of the Jedi. Aside from a possible blue-tinted cameo, Darth Vader is as dead as Darth Maul. Luke is simply keeping Vader’s helmet around, despite having been half melted, for sentimental value.
Luke Skywalker believed in his father enough to turn him away from the Dark Side right before his father died taking care of his master. Yes, the other Star Wars 7 villain who won’t be back is Emperor Palpatine.
After J.J. Abrams announced that the extended universe is officially not canon any more, this means there won’t be a comeback for the Sith Lord played by Ian McDiarmid. The actor himself confirmed this at the Star Wars Celebration, though rather playfully.
“The Emperor was too bright not to know that. Maybe he cloned himself in time to be in the next movie. … But, he didn’t! But he didn’t, unfortunately. No, listen, ladies and gentlemen. I’m dead. I’ve been dead for the last 30 years. I can confirm that…. George [Lucas] was quite categorical.”
Unlike what the backstory of Mara Jade led us to believe, Palpatine will not be back. Mara Jade herself is no longer relevant, it seems.
Don’t expect J.J. Abrams to turn and pull another Star Trek Into Darkness with his Star Wars 7 villain. It’s doubtful he’ll pull the same denial trick again that he did with Khan.
You know the trick. Abrams told us over and over that Benedict Cumberbatch was not Khan, and then when we finally saw the movie, it turned out he was lying. Much like the overuse of lens flare, which he apologized for in his Star Trek films, he won’t be doing another fake-out with his villains.
— IGN (@IGN) April 18, 2015
It would be too predictable.
Though the new Star Wars 7 villain was described as being “like” Darth Vader, it doesn’t mean any classic villains will be back, except maybe in fan fiction.
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