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Rumor For Your Thoughts: Will Darth Vader Return From The Dead In ‘Star Wars Episode 7′?
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Fans of George Lucas’s original Star Wars trilogy have seemed to remain cautiously optimistic (while quietly terrified) about Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and their plans to make the trilogy they thought would never ever happen just a couple of weeks ago.

This cautious optimism likely stems from Disney’s acquisition of Marvel and the movies that have been released since, including The Avengers, which has given them just enough hope that Star Wars Episode VII can bring the franchise back from that darkest and most depressing of places that Lucas’s prequel trilogy delivered it to. Bring it back from the dead.

Speaking of bringing things back from the dead, a new rumor has surfaced that Disney may be pondering bringing a one Mr. Darth Vader, who *Spoiler Alert* perished at the end of Return of the Jedi, back for the new trilogy.

This is to be taken with an ocean’s worth of salt, as it comes from the British tabloid Express. According to a “film mole,” Vader is just too important not to be part of the plan.

The source said:

“He’s an integral part of the franchise. Replacing him is virtually impossible. The plan is for him to return and play a significant role in the new films.”

Now…this is almost certainly going to end up being complete and utter B.S. when it’s all said and done. But there is one teeny tiny (but also incredibly large) reason the rumor isn’t completely ignorable: MONEY. Darth Vader is…well, he’s freakin’ Darth Vader. He’s the primary antagonist of the first trilogy, an integral part of the prequel trilogy, and perhaps the most iconic character from not only these movies but movies in general. If Disney thinks they have a way to bring him back into the fold (as the film mole says: “This is science fiction remember. Darth Vader will rise from the ashes.”), which would allow them to go all-out in the marketing department, they might just be too tempted to not do it.

On the other end of the spectrum, Vader was created after Anakin Skywalker was basically dead (or mostly dead, if you asked Miracle Max). To do that a second time with the same character would feel repetitive and unnecessary. Plus, Star Wars fans everywhere would probably blow a gasket if the rumor turned out to be true. That cautious optimism? It’s there because Disney seems to be handling Marvel properties with care, but it’s fueled by a hope that Star Wars Episode VII and its sequels will be fresh and original additions to the franchise and not a reunion of aging characters from the originals in hopes of making lots of money.

Which brings us to the reason we even bothered writing about this rumor. If there is even the slightest chance Disney is pondering such a thing, you the fans will likely sway it one way or the other using this wonderful tool called the internet.

Would you be okay with Darth Vader returning for the new Star Wars trilogy if they came up with an acceptable enough way to explain it? Or is the very mention of it unspeakable?

[Source: via /Film]


  • UNCARING1

    The very idea of bringing Darth Vader back is absolutely unthinkable. Not to mention stupid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=672340724 D L David Walker

    Disney’s no better than Lucas if they stoop to this level of stupidity.

  • http://twitter.com/eabof Eabof

    A strong theme in the prequels (wether you liked them or not) was Palpatine seducing Anakin with the idea that you could cheat death and that together they could find a way. Well, it would fit in with continuity if they found a way and if one or both of them came back as clones or the essence shifting. The only problem is that Vader would have to come back as a good guy against a clone Emporer because Luke had already redeemed him. So, there would be no point to episodes 4, 5, and 6 if you have Vader fall to the dark side again. Wow, I really hope they don’t do a Terminator 2 and make Vader a good guy lol.

  • http://twitter.com/eabof Eabof

    or even worse, A Hayden Christianson – Mark Hamil Buddy movie lol

  • adamwhitlatch

    Won’t happen. This is just a rumor to get the fanboys stirred up.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/investbo Bo Stevens

    They should leave him dead. There should be no “clone” or
    look alikes either. What they SHOULD do, would have some sort of occasional
    flashbacks or memories of the past by some episode-7 character or characters,
    when he is hunting down Jedi (like “Force Unleashed” games. Him killing people
    was pretty awesome). That way, the story can go on, and move on, without
    bringing back some “fake” Vadar. But it also keeps him in the the movie and
    brings the sales. By the way, that would be awesome to see Vadar killing some
    Jedi like the “Force Unleashed” games. Probably would need to make it PG-13,
    just like episode-3 or “Pirates”. Just please don’t re-insert him as a new
    “recycled” charactrer as above mentioned. :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/investbo Bo Stevens

    That way, Disney could retain the original “Fan Boys”,
    whilst driving high Vadar sales and obsorbing many more into the fan-base
    (younger crowd?). I think Disney should also attempt to try to at least somehow
    partly incorporate the “New Jedi Order” books written to take place after
    episode-6. Maybe a little even, wouldn’t hurt.

  • kev

    i think it would be ok for vader to comeback as a force ghost, maybe in a teaching role for new jedi, but beyond that? i’d say that there should not be a physical appearance

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.phillips.988 Jason Phillips
  • Saul Good

    They would have to bring him back to life, and, if you recall he was good at the end of Jedi, they’d have to make him completely evil again. The idea is ludicrous, and they should never do this. It would ruin the franchise worse than episodes 1-3 and hearing rumors like me discredits all the hope I had based on Disney’s ownership of Marvel Studios. If they bring Vader back I will not see the movies… but, sadly, I’m sure a lot of people still will and it will still make money.

  • Saul Good

    The very thought of this chills my bones

  • http://www.facebook.com/Star.Fox.93 Anthony Coiro

    Vader is dead, Anakin is dead. Reviving either? Very foolish this idea is. The only feasible way to introduce him would be as Anakin’s force ghost and doing that is in the face of Star Wars canon. Somehow an evil ghost would be ludicrous and a physical return of Darth Vader would be downright stupid. This rumour probably will amount to nothing in the end though.

  • http://darthnoxaeterna.com/ Serea

    I don’t even like the idea that the original cast for Luke, Han, and Leia are coming back as it’s already killing the possibility of fresh look into the franchise. So, bringing Vader as much as I love him as a character… http://nooooooooooooooo.com/

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