Our Biggest Questions About The Force Awakens

by | November 16, 2015 | Comments


With the release of the new Star Wars TV spot, and the Japanese trailer that shares much of the same footage, we still have more questions than answers about what we’ll see when The Force Awakens hits theaters in December. Virtually every shot has generated a flury of Internet fan theories — some plausible, others not so much. We’re not going to indulge in the temptation to speculate, lest we stumble into spoiler territory, but we will share several of the big questions we have, based on what we’ve seen so far.

Question #1

Have Han and Chewie been away from the Millennium Falcon?

In the first teaser, we see shots of the Falcon flying over Jakku, but in the second teaser, we hear Han Solo say “Chewie… we’re home.”  That line, coupled with the shot that shows Han and Chewbacca with weapons drawn inside the Falcon, leads us to believe that the two scoundrels may have been away from the Falcon for a considerable period of time.  Otherwise, why would they be flashing heat on their own ship? And what could have possibly separated Han from his beloved craft?


Question #2

Why does Finn leave the First Order?

In the very first teaser, we see Finn in Stormtrooper armor, but without a helmet. In the second teaser, we see an armored but unmasked Finn looking traumatized. Was there some horrifying event that drove him from the First Order?


Question #3

Is Rey related to Han and/or Leia?  Or Luke?

There are a fair amount of clues about family across a few of the trailers.  In the second teaser, we hear Luke talking about how the force runs strong in his family.  That line is lifted out of Return of the Jedi, but we’re clearly supposed to be thinking about family in that teaser.  In the Japanese trailer, we hear Rey talking about waiting for her family, and then in that new 30-second TV spot, we also hear another character (likely Maz Kanata, played by Lupita Nyong’o) saying “I have lived long enough to see the same eyes in different people,” while cutting between Rey and Han, strongly implying some kind of familial relationship between the two characters.


Question #4

Where’s Luke Skywalker?

We’ve yet to see Mark Hamill’s face in any of the trailers.  The closest hint we’ve seen is a shot in the second teaser of a hooded figure with a mechanical right hand reaching out to R2-D2.  Luke has worn a hood as a Jedi, he’s got a mechanical hand, and he’s been seen with R2-D2, but that isn’t really proof. We’ve heard Luke’s dialogue in that same teaser, but that’s audio that has been pulled from Return of the Jedi. The Comic-Con behind-the-scenes footage is partially narrated by Mark Hamill, and we see him (out of costume) on set in that video, but that’s all we know. We don’t know why we’re not seeing Luke’s face in any of the trailers — or any of the posters, for that matter — and his absence is probably the biggest mystery around the film at this point.

  • Matt

    I don’t think Luke’s dialog was actually pulled from “Jedi”. In the trailer he’s talking to a fourth person (I forgot the order) “My father had it, I have it, my sister has it, you have it too”.

    I’ve got my own theory on who he could be talking to but I’ll keep it to myself. 🙂

    • NyxNax

      yea I dont think its lifted either, and one would assume hes talking to Rey. I mean doesnt she look like Leia as well?

      • Matt

        I think that’s what everyone is assuming, but unless I’m missing some critical detail I think something else entirely is going on with the Skywalkers.

    • localbychoice

      JJ himself has said that this line was lifted from RotJ. Hamill rerecorded the line and they blended it together.

      • Matt

        Ah, I was mistaken then. Sounds as if it was just put together for the trailer.

  • NyxNax

    What is that Death star looking surface at the end of the 60 second TV spot? Or are they strafing a ship?

    • Derp

      Well, in the new movie, an X-Wing pilot named Poe Dameron Stages an atttack on a death star-looking base called “Starkiller Base”. So that’s what i think they’re attacking on.

  • It looks like there is a scene that shows what happens soon after the remains of Anakin have smoldered to the ground with Luke and R2. The helmet of Anakin makes its way into the possession of the one who would finish what Anakin started.
    The question is, does finishing mean completing the evil Vader’s goal? Or does it actually mean completing another goal of ultimately defeating the evil that Vader finally renounced? Is Luke the masked figure shown climbing into the star destroyer to launch it back into space? Is Luke not shown because he is undertaking a covert plan to invoke and then finally destroy the last vestiges of evil from the “inside”?

    • Matt

      I’ll bet it’s a lot simpler than that…

  • Sabretruthtiger

    If Luke has turned evil, then seriously go fuck yourself Disney.

    • Max_Taffey

      Luke is Kylo Ren. And it’s going to be awesome.

      • Wilson Matos

        Nah, he can’t be Kylo Ren, there are pictures of him without a mask. If Luke continued down the path of the dark side in this movie (he already went to the dark side btw), then he is going to be the Sith Lord. “There is always one master and one apprentice… never more, never less.” –Yoda

  • jz

    I don’t think he turned evil. I think he isn’t in the trailer because the film will be about them trying to find him in order to help them defeat the First Order and the film will end with them finding him. The next film will pick up with him joining up with them.
    He wouldn’t be in the trailer due to not really being in the movie.
    Just a theory

  • Mike g

    Why is Kunta Kinte on the new Star Wars?

  • Always Texan

    Abrams is famous for pulling fast ones (he said Cumberbatch wasn’t Khan, remember?). I think it’s actually Kylo Ren who’s related to Luke and that’s why he has such reverence for Vader’s helmet.

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