[Rumor, rumor, spoilers, spoilers, and all that.] Set leaks and rumors abound when it comes to Star Wars Episode IX. Short of Chewbacca’s son Lumpawaroo coming back (I still think #lumpylives should be a thing), we’ve already heard pretty much everything. The film, of course, is still over a year away. So what’s the latest rumor to spill off set? Yet another superweapon may be coming to Star Wars.

Put it this way: if this trend continues, pretty soon we’re going to need another hand to count the number of Star Wars films featuring a superweapon. We’ve already had the original Star Wars, Return of the Jedi, and Rogue One all feature one Death Star or the other. The Force Awakens gave us Death Star 3.0 with Starkiller Base. What can they possibly have come up with this time?


Death Star, 2.0

Oh Joy, Another Star Wars Superweapon

If the news out of The Express is to be believed, JJ Abrams may be playing the fan-service card one more time. The superweapon, as described in the rumor, bears some resemblance to the World Devastator from the now-Legends Dark Empire story arc. Here’s what the alleged leak says, describing Kylo Ren viewing a hologram:

“Kylo appears to be examining three large superweapons that are in a cylindrical shape with an enormous engine on each side of each superweapon of this ship/weapon, destroying terrain on a planet. The engine burner is colored red and the blast from the bottom of these three massive weapons is colored blue, impacting a surface causing astronomical destruction. Parts of the weapon seem to be under construction and not finished.”



The World Devastator from ‘Star Wars: Dark Empire’ (Image: Marvel Comics/Veitch/Kennedy)

Kylo Ren has already made it known that the First Order has dipped into the Empire’s archives for information. Perhaps this is simply Ren postulating about the First Order’s potential under his rule. Here’s hoping, at least. Otherwise we’re potentially looking at yet another superweapon storyline.

Do We Really Need Another Superweapon?

Look, I appreciate the “rebellious underdog must defeat the onslaught of the mighty oppressor at all costs” story mechanics of Star Wars. I get it. But I think we’re beyond that now. JJ Abrams has a delicate balancing act to perform with Star Wars Episode IX, and has a split fan base to appease. Abrams can certainly do it. But that’s just it; he’s done it before, with The Force Awakens.

Death Star, 3.0, er, I mean Starkiller Base

With any luck, the alleged superweapon scene is just a bit of fan service.  A nod to the old Expanded Universe, and nothing more. Plus, The Express’s source? Mike Zeroh. So, you know, grain of salt, and all that.

Star Wars Episode IX opens December 20, 2019.

Source: The Express