Surprising Clues They Revealed About Star Wars Already

It's fair to say that there exists near-universal anticipation for Star Wars: The Force Awakens amongst the movie-going public. Disney is feeding this eagerness—like a Shark Week documentarian chumming for great whites—through a ubiquitous marketing campaign that includes trailers, TV spots, toys, cereal boxes, and more. This is understandable: any film studio wants and needs to dangle a few figurative carrots in front of potential moviegoers to lure them into theaters. On the road toward achieving this goal, however, Disney revealed some important clues about the new movie's story. What follows are some hints about The Force Awakens that Disney has surprisingly divulged...

Character Backstories

Rey's (Daisy Ridley) parents abandoned her on the desert planet Jakku (definitely not Tatooine, right Mr. Abrams?) when she was a child. She is on a mission to discover the truth about her past. The trailers and other promo materials show Finn (John Boyega) as a former stormtrooper who is disillusioned with the cause and, for some reason, has a lightsaber in his possession. These brief character descriptions alone already reveal plenty about the protagonists and their potential journeys. This is especially the case if, as fans have speculated, Rey turns out to be Luke Skywalker's daughter.

Finn And Poe Dameron's Friendship And Subplot

It seems that, at some point in the movie, Finn and rebel X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) develop a friendship. Disney released images of Finn and Dameron greeting each other at a rebel base and of the latter in handcuffs as a prisoner of the Imperial remnant, the First Order. As a result, the audience will be guessing at how this friendship came about even before sitting down and tearing into their Milk Duds.

Kylo Ren's Snowy Lightsaber Fight

Trailers and multiple leaked photos show presumed villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) squaring off in a fight against Rey and Finn in a snowy forest. The scene's visuals certainly seem impressive. Considering how cool it looks, it's no wonder why Disney wanted to give away such an interesting set piece in the film's promotional material. Audiences will no doubt be itching to get the full scoop on this scene by the time The Force Awakens hits theaters.

History Of The Intervening Years

Disney revealed that the new film's stormtroopers were brainwashed from youth into believing that the Rebellion, led by Luke Skywalker, were the villains that destroyed the righteous Empire. It's too bad that this piece of backstory has already been divulged, since it'd be plenty more interesting to learn that while watching the movie itself. The same can be said for Kylo Ren staring longingly at Darth Vader's former mask/helmet combo. Though, we have to admit that imagining the reasons behind Ren's Vader obsession has been, well, our obsession.

Veteran Characters

Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and the Millennium Falcon all appear in the movie's trailers. It seems that a new Star Wars movie would market itself without resorting to nostalgia. This is not to say the characters are not welcome. Rather, revealing them to potential filmgoers undercuts the surprise for when they do appear. On the other hand, there's something to be said for the comfort of knowing that our old favorites are coming back in some capacity, here to pass the torch to the next generation of Star Wars.