‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Ushers In A New Era Of Ruthless Stormtroopers [Video]

It has been difficult for Star Wars fans to get many details about J.J. Abrams upcoming sequel Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but merchandising for the Star Wars sequel may have provided one of the biggest spoilers yet and may also have given a glimpse into a portion of the plot of the new film.

Among other things, the teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens features images of stormtroopers, but what has really intrigued many Star Wars fans is the new look of these stormtroopers. While the reason for the revamping of the stormtrooper look has been left up to fans’ imaginations for months, the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens stormtroopers action figures has finally provided an official explanation of the new look.

The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens information comes courtesy of an IGN writer, who came across the intriguing packaging and posted it to his Twitter account.

What does it mean?

The beginning of this blurb simply describes the origins and history of the stormtroopers, as Star Wars fans have seen throughout the first six films, but it goes beyond that, giving what would appear to be a premise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

It seems that the universe has been left in chaos following the death of Emperor Palpatine and the fall of the First Galactic Empire, and that chaos has made room for a faction of stormtroopers to rise amidst the ruins.

“Yet the tyranny of Imperial rule sparked rebellion, and the Stormtrooper legions were scattered in the aftermath of the Empire’s fall. Now, the rise of the First Order ushers in the next chapter in the Stormtrooper’s legacy as a new era of ruthless brutality begins.”

This isn’t the first time Star Wars fans have heard about The First Order and its place in the Star Wars sequel, but this new information goes a long way to explaining just what The First Order is and why the stormtroopers have developed such an intriguing new look. While they are descendants of the clone warriors used to ensure order under Palpatine’s rule, these new stormtroopers clearly represent a new threat and a power they wield for their own agenda.

The ruthless brutality of these new stormtroopers helping to establish the rule of The First Order may also explain the scene in the teaser, where it appears Finn (John Boyega) is defecting and joining the resistance.

Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18.

[Featured image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures/Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens]