With the Star Wars Black Series Captain Phasma reveal on day two of SDCC 2018, one can’t help but wonder if we’re quite done with the chrome-domed First Order enforcer in film just yet.

Captain Phasma - The Black SeriesPhoto: That Hasthag Show’s own Junior Felix

Sure, Phasma was the latest Star Wars character to join the list of those plummeting into some kind of abyss (Luke, Maul, Boba Fett, the Emperor, and Han Solo all come to mind). But I find it hard to believe that the towering Imperial captain from Parnaassos met her maker aboard the Supremacy, Snoke’s Mega-class Star Dreadnaught, when Holdo rammed it at light speed.  Here’s why Phasma will return for Episode IX.

Those fans of the greater canon universe most surely have read 2017’s Phasma, by Delilah S. Dawson. The novel traces Captain Phasma back to her origins through the tortured voice of a captured Resistance spy. In it we learn of Phasma’s harsh early life on Parnassos and her ascension to lead her clan. Phasma is painted as a strategic, Machiavellian, and often brutal warrior who will let nothing stand in her way as she climbs the steps to power.

By the end of the book, Brendol Hux, father to General Hux, has taken Phasma under his wing and elevated her in the First Order ranks. There she competes with another stormtrooper captain, the red-clad Cardinal, who stands in stark contrast to Phasma in her eventual chromium armor. Phasma is a conniving as she is strong, and proves herself a true villain as she eliminates her competition and eventually rises to lead the training of all First Order stormtroopers (including one FN-2187).

Like Boba Fett before her, Captain Phasma is a visually striking and intriguing character underutilized to date. J.J. Abrams seemed to have a greater plan for the character when he helmed The Force Awakens. Perhaps now that he’s back, Phasma need not have perished aboard the Supremacy at Rian’ Johnson’s hands, after all.

Of course, this new-found focus on Phasma could also be because she seems to feature heavily, as does Cardinal, in Dave Filoni’s new animated series Star Wars: Resistance:

For now, all we can do is what to see how it all shakes out, and what role Phasma will play in Episode IX, if any.