While fans knew that Darth Vader would be making an appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story long before the movie hit theaters, there was one surprise waiting for them when they saw the entire movie. One of concept artist Ralph McQuarrie’s unused set designs finally made it into Star Wars canon: Darth Vader’s castle.
Rogue One revealed that Darth Vader’s castle was located on the lava planet Mustafar, where Anakin Skywalker faced off with his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi and truly turned to the dark side. But there’s much more to be told about the residence of the Dark Lord of the Sith, and the Darth Vader comic series will explain how this imposing structure came to be. Read More »
Power and who gets access to that power is the root of the conflict in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And where does that power lie but in the Force, that all-encompassing, vaguely defined power that only the Jedi and the Sith can wield, and no one else. Until Rey.
She may be one of the first “ordinary” people has a natural knack with the Force, but if the events of Last Jedi are anything to go by, she won’t be the last. For many Star Wars fans, this has become a point of contention — the moment where director Rian Johnson loses them and blatantly disrespects all Star Wars mythology that has been built up until now. But these new rules of the Force are canon, whether they like it or not. And now a canon Star Wars comic book is re-enforcing those rules.
Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi below.
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How did we end up from there being thousands of Jedi Knights to The Last Jedi? The Jedi were rendered myths after most of the Order was destroyed by Emperor Palpatine and his first-in-command Darth Vader, during the events of Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith. Nearly 10,000 Jedi Knights existed at the time, and it was presumed that all of them — except for Yoda, Obi-Wan, and a select few who were off the radar — died.
But…there is another. At least, according to a new Star Wars comic book issue of Darth Vader, which explores the Sith Lord’s attempts to exterminate the survivors of Palpatine’s Great Jedi Purge.
Spoilers follow for Darth Vader #6.
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Guardians of the Galaxy almost wasn’t the musically-driven ode to the ’80s that we know and love today. Instead, the film’s nod to Peter Quill being the lone human in a wacky space opera would have been a Darth Vader cameo. Or rather, a Darth Vader action figure cameo.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is famously a huge Star Wars nerd and wanted to originally incorporate that into 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. However, at director James Gunn’s suggestion, that brief appearance of Darth Vader — a moment of corporate synergy Feige thought of before Disney had even acquired Lucasfilm — was replaced by Peter Quill’s Walkman. And we were immediately hooked (on a feeling).
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In this Celebration-centric edition of Star Wars Bits:
- An official video recapping the best moments of Celebration 2017.
- Hayden Christensen’s true feelings about sand.
- An announcement about the return of the Vintage Collection of toys.
- Darth Vader nearly had his own spa on Mustafar in Rogue One.
- And more!
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An obsidian castle rises out of boiling lava. Inside, the Sith Lord Darth Vader – seen out of his iconic armor – floats in a bacta tank and contemplates his evil plans, his constant pain eased by the rejuvenating water…
This was our most recent look at the planet Mustafar in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but new evidence suggests future Star Wars films will return to the planet again before the new saga trilogy is complete. Read More »
Written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzucchelli and colored by Richmond Lewis, the comic book Batman: Year One follows the early crime-fighting career of The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan’s film Batman Begins borrowed elements from that comic to tell the origin of Batman, and now Darth Vader will get a similar treatment in comic book form thanks to a new Marvel Comics series.
Writer Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli are working on a new ongoing Marvel Comics series that will follow Darth Vader. Marvel already published a comic series that followed Darth Vader during the time between Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, but this second series feels like it could be titled Darth Vader: Year One, providing insight into how Anakin Skywalker began to evolve into more machine than man after Revenge of the Sith.
Find out more about the new Marvel Darth Vader comic book series below. Read More »
ILMxLab has been doing a lot of interesting experimental work. The company hopes to develop the future of storytelling experiences using new technologies like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, the geniuses behind the new Industrial Light & Magic company told me that Lucasfilm Story Group had mapped out the next half dozen years of Star Wars stories and beyond, and they are already developing experiences — some which will be available in VR, others in other platforms — which will be created by big-name filmmakers and top screenwriters and intersect with the stories we will see on screen.
At Star Wars Celebration Europe 2017, ILMxLab announced their first big project, a Darth Vader VR project that will be created by David Goyer, screenwriter of The Dark Knight and Man of Steel and director of films like Blade: Trinity and The Unborn. We reported on this briefly over the weekend when it was announced, but now we bring you more information and some quotes from Goyer himself, who claims that his virtual reality Star Wars story will make you cry.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
For months now there has been speculation that Darth Vader would appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And unlike some of the other theories and rumors floating around, this one passes the sniff test: the timing lines up (the story takes place shortly before the events of A New Hope) and so does the premise (the Rebels are out to steal the Death Star plans). But it’s only now we’re getting ironclad confirmation.
Yes, we will see Darth Vader in Rogue One, as revealed on a new Entertainment Weekly cover. Read More »
In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at the following:
- Star Wars 8 director Rian Johnson tweets out a photo of his screenplay.
- The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is supposedly edited and making the corporate rounds.
- When is the final Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer getting released? October? November?
- New details on what to expect in the Star Wars Battlefront beta.
- See the comic cover art for Darth Vader #15, the grand finale of Marvel’s upcoming crossover event “Vader Down”.
- Benicio del Toro explains what he likes about his Star Wars Episode VIII director Rian Johnson.
- See Paul Shipper’s amazing Star Wars: The Force Awakens character prints.
- And the header photo is Daniel Hoogkamp‘s BB-8 pumpkin.
All this and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace to get started.
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