J.J. Abrams Explains the Title of STAR WARS: The Rise of Skywalker

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So finally, we have a title. Not a good title, but a title, nonetheless. Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of the Skywalker. Abrams is on record as saying “The title feels like it’s the right title for this movie, and I know that it’s provocative and asks a bunch of questions. But I think when you see the movie, you’ll see how it’s intended, what it means.” Um, ok.

So, no explanation, I guess. It’s as good as we will get though. This film is so tight lipped that we were all pleasantly surprised to hear the Emperor’s voice in the teaser. And an even bigger surprise to see Ian MacDiarmid at the recent Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, to announce a rewatch of teaser.

Theories Abound for The Rise of Skywalker

So many theories are running rampant online. Let’s look at this title, The Rise of Skywalker. It seems to represent the rise of someone, something or a legacy maybe? Ah, the legacy. It is possible that the term Jedi becomes extinct just like how Luke said in The Last Jedi, that it should end? Only to be named Skywalkers instead? Maybe it is a Kylo redemption story? If we are paralleling to Return of the Jedi, then that would make sense.

Abrams has also recently stated that there is more to Rey’s parentage then what we saw in The Last Jedi as well. Yeah J.J., we know this already. Rian Johnson fumbled that story element hardcore, but the title could give way to Rey being revealed to be a Skywalker. But that does not seem as exciting as it sounds. At least not anymore.

The Rise of Skywalker

Whatever the case, right now most people are enamored by the beginning of the summer movies. I hear there is something called Avengers: End Game coming out soon. But to be quite honest, Endgame does not have the same type of mystery surrounding its ending legacy. How the events unfold in Endgame are probably the only mystery present. The heroes are going to win.

Star Wars Shrouded in Mystery

But Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is surrounded by mystery. What will Kylo do? Who are Rey’s parents? As this will be the last time we see Carrie Fisher on film, what will the final sendoff be for Leia? And how does the Emperor fit into all of this? There is so much! All these questions will be answered soon as Disney is saving the best for last.

A lot of people are saying that Avengers: Endgame is the movie event of the last ten years. Let’s be fair though. The MCU has only been around for 11 years. Pretty sizable. Star Wars has been a part of my life for all 36 years of it. That is a long time. It has been a part of some for even longer. 1977. What an odd number to look at now. This is the swan song for a story that has been told for almost half a century. These are the characters, the story and the world that will be the hardest to say goodbye to. Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Emotions. Until we meet again, May the Force Be with You.

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters December 25th, 2019.

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