Darth Vader’s mask is now owned by Kylo Ren. That much we know.
With Vader’s charred helmet from Star Wars’ Return of the Jedi now in the possession of his grandson and main The Force Awakens foil Kylo Ren, fans of the film franchise have immediately started to question how that came to be. Since the time of that revelation, a number of fan-created theories have run rampant on the internet, most seemingly only creating more questions as to whether a set of post-Return of the Jedi/pre-The Force Awakens films will ultimately also need to be shot to focus on the Darth Vader mask as well as the origins of Kylo Ren.
A new video posted by Star Wars Minute, however, has posited a new theory regarding Darth Vader’s helmet that has the entire Star Wars universe buzzing like no other.
This video references Delilah Dawson’s short story “The Perfect Weapon,” which was published as part of the Journey to the Force Awakens series.
The theory goes that Ren, who The Force Awakens illustrates is obsessed with his grandfather Darth Vader, had been instrumental in building a shrine to him, the shining star of which being Vader’s famous albeit melted mask from Return of the Jedi.
Hello I'm Kylo, big fan. pic.twitter.com/woAZZKTGBO
— 『฿ℓoodyℳuffin』~✞ (@CreepyBoo_) December 26, 2015
Per the story, First Order agent Bazine Netal (portrayed by Anna Brewster), who is seen prominently in the new film at Maz Kanata’s cantina, is hired to retrieve a mysterious, unidentified package from a former psychological hospital for Stormtroopers. Although this package’s contents are not revealed in “The Perfect Weapon,” Star Wars Minute goes on to speculate that Lord Darth Vader’s mask might have been found had it been opened. The box is actually the property of a former Stormtrooper captain who fought at the Battle of Endor where Darth Vader famously died.
Star Wars Minute believes that Kylo Ren is the client who sent Netal to retrieve the package in this storyline.
“If this is true, it doesn’t really change how we look at Kylo Ren,” noted Angie Han of Slash Film. “We know he’s the galaxy’s biggest Darth Vader fanboy, and it’s certainly possible that he hired someone to track this down for him – one of the earliest rumors we heard about Adam Driver (Ren)’s character, before we even knew his name, was that he was obsessed with tracking down Sith artifacts, which certainly plays into this.”
i miss darth vader every day but i've never even met him
— Emo Kylo Ren (@KyloR3n) December 23, 2015
In fact, as recently noted by the Inquisitr, the Kylo Ren character from The Force Awakens is nearly a copycat version of Darth Vader of the original Star Wars trilogy.
Either way, Slash Film’s Han believes that the theory, regardless of whether or not it plays out on the big screen, is essentially little more than “fun trivia” for fans “looking for something more.
“If this is true it doesn’t really impact The Force Awakens. Let’s be honest, such a side story would have been distracting and taken up too much time for too little payoff,” she said. “But it’s a fun story and is a great way for Star Wars to utilize the ever expanding canon.”
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