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Okay, so most of these updates occurred towards the end of last week or over the weekend, so I was unable to write about them in a timely fashion.
But fear not, the time has come to finally talk about some Star Wars.
For the last year and a half, I have considered Star Wars Episode 7 to be the cinematic version of a ninja. We only hear rumors about it, we never see anything about it, and it remains relatively elusive to the public record. This is an unusual trait for a film in this era.
But occasionally, we find traces of this ninja's smoke bombs or a few shurikans imbedded in a wall for us to collect.
The first bit of news that surfaced last week was the short but sweet glimpse at what the new Stormtrooper helmets will look like after 30 years have passed since the Emperor exploded in a cartoon mist of blue.
My first reaction to this image was: "Why are there still Stormtroopers if the Rebellion won?"
I think many of us were concerned that the galaxy-wide Empire wouldn't just crumble with the death of the Emperor and the destruction of another Death Star.
Perhaps the Stormtroopers are soldiers in a new rebellion against the Jedi Order, if the Jedi Order even exists in this film.
But it's apparent that the worst sharpshooters in cinema history are iconic enough that they needed to be revamped and included in next year's Star Wars entry.
Maybe this new helmet helps them shoot better.
The next sighting of this cinematic ninja was the release of a few concept art pieces of Han Solo's new outfit (which is remarkably similar to his Indiana Jones outfit).
From the look of this outfit, it doesn't look very sophisticated and doesn't express the "family man" aspect that he appeared to be going for at the end of Return of the Jedi.
Maybe he and Leia didn't end up working out after the titular defeat of the Empire. Perhaps he was too much of a rogue for Leia, or Chewie started to feel left out and they decided to return to the days of yore as dashing smugglers.
Either way, we can expect that Han Solo will be back in gun-slinging action rather than being a family man in his next outing in Star Wars.
Hopefully he'll shoot first at some point.
The last bit of news (and an image to slightly prove it) was the released description of the new baddies in Episode 7.
(Potential spoilers, but it's just a description so I don't see any harm in it).
Indie Revolver reports that the villain in Episode 7 is a Sith Inquisitor and that:
"He’s tall and thin and terrifyingly creepy, with glowing red eyes to match his red lightsaber. He’s got some robotic upgrades, like Vader – but no mask. The cybernetic bits weave in and out of him. He’s got a human upper lip, a steel jaw… and the robotic hand that JJ Abrams posted an image of." (indierevolver.com)
Okay, allow me to give a moment of silence for pure excitement.
Moment has passed.
This has to be one of the coolest concepts for a villain I've heard of in years. Granted, the Marvel films have iconic villains like Loki, Ultron, and Winter Soldier, but this is going to take cinematic villainy to the next level.
This is also a fairly good blend of the Original and Prequel Trilogies with regards to members of the dark side. We have the menacing height and mechanical blend of Vader and the sinister cosmetic blend of Darth Maul or Darth Sidious. And if the film bases the Inquisitor off of preexisting materials, they are very much the ninjas of the dark side, striking from the shadows and operating from concealment to defeat Jedi.
With a little more than a year to go, I'm certain we'll hear more Star Wars Episode 7 news in the following months.
By: Matthew Romeo
(Anything said on this blog does not represent the ideas or beliefs of the station of WHAN as a whole, all of these statements are held responsible by the writer alone)