In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the lightsaber handed down to Luke Skywalker by Obi-Wan Kenobi from his former apprentice Anakin Skywalker makes a surprising appearance. But many fans were wondering just how it came to be in the hands of Maz Kanata when Rey stumbles upon it in the basement of her castle. Han Solo even asks the question for us, but the only answer we get from Maz is that it’s a good question “for another time.” Well, it seems like that time may have come.
A new Star Wars comic set shortly after the events of The Empire Strikes Backwill explore what happened to Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber after Darth Vader famously cut off his right hand while it was still clutching the weapon in question. The hand and lightsaber fell down into the depths of Cloud City, never to be seen again. But this new comic will have Luke Skywalker returning to Cloud City with Princess Leia and Lando Calrissian in order to find it.
Here’s the official synopsis and cover art from the comic solicitation for the upcoming Star Wars #3:
The end of the war and the final defeat of the Rebel Alliance are inevitable as the cunning Imperial Commander Zahra unleashes her fury against the splintered and scattered survivors. But where have the Rebellion’s greatest heroes gone when their cause needs them the most? Luke Skywalker’s only hope at becoming a Jedi Knight was lost during his battle with Darth Vader …and so he, Princess Leia and Lando Calrissian must return to Cloud City to find it! But Leia has her own covert mission to accomplish there…and Lando’s mysterious reason for returning could very well ruin their only chance at success!
The question is whether or not Luke Skywalker actually finds it, or if someone else entirely ends up making away with it. After all, we know that there was an idea at one time to have Luke’s lightsaber, with his hand still attached to it, end up in space. One of the ernate opening scenes for The Force Awakens would have shown the lightsaber falling to the surface of Jakku, the hand burning up in the atmosphere as it fell. When it landed there, an alien hand would pick it up and take it away, though it was not confirmed whether or not that hand belonged to Maz Kanata.
In the end, there was clearly a big change in the script that ered the trajectory of Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber, and it was probably easier to have it end up in the hands of a character that our heroes trusted instead of just being randomly found elsewhere. Even so, Maz Kanata’s explanation isn’t satisfying enough, and we hope that this comic provides further insight. If not, there still be more story to tell even after this comic arrives on shelves in February 2020.
One of the biggest mysteries in the Star Wars galaxy is beginning to come unravelled. One of the major surprises in The Force Awakens was when Maz gifts Luke's original lightsaber, the one that belonged to Anakin Skywalker before him, to Rey. When last we saw the weapon, it had fallen into the abyss of Cloud City. Now, a new comic book published by Marvel is giving us answers about what happened to it in the aftermath of The Empire Strikes Back.
Warning: spoilers ahead for Marvel's Star Wars #2. Marvel recently decided to reset its Star Wars publishing line and the main title picked up right after the events of The Empire Strikes Back. In the latest issue, Lando is trying to convince Luke to go with him back to Cloud City. Luke is having something of an identity crisis, after losing his lightsaber and his battle, not to mention his hand, to Vader, who is apparently his father. Lando is playing on Luke's emotional state a bit, and says this to him in the book to convince him it's a good idea.
'You're tight with Leia and the Rebel leaders. I need to get back to Cloud City, and they'll never let me go. But if you ask, say you want to go, need me as your guide. Cause how I hear it, you lost more than your hand there. Your lightsaber, too. Lightsabers are about the rarest thing in the galaxy these days. Losing yours had to hurt. Well, I know Cloud City inside and out, and I know where your saber ended up when it fell. Get me back there. I'll show you.'
Lando may have over-promised there. Leading up to the final pages of the book, we see Luke's lightsaber falling until, eventually, someone reaches out to grab it. A mysterious hooded figure in a cloak, not unlike that a Jedi might wear, is seen gripping the lightsaber tightly on the book's final page. We can't see the figure's face, so this could lead to one heck of a big reveal in the next issue. The individual says the following.
'Skywalker, follow your destiny.'
While the mystery isn't totally solved yet, it's laid out quite nicely that the upcoming issues of the book will reveal the ultimate fate of Luke's lightsaber and, perhaps, we'll learn how Maz came to possess it. But for now, there are bigger questions. Who is this mystery figure? Is it a friend or foe? Why does Lando need to go back to Cloud City so badly? We'll presumably learn a lot more when Star Wars #3 hits shelves on February 26. In the meantime, Star Wars #2 is available now. We've included an image of the issue's final page for you to check out below. This news comes was previously reported by Comicbook.com.
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There’s one particularly telling and effective moment in The Skywalker Legacy, the feature-lenght documentary that’s included on the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker home release that sums up much of the ambivalence and consternation that some had with J.J. Abrams’ return to the Star Wars universe. After showing the intricate construction of a giant, practical snake monster, the doc cuts back to footage of Jabba The Hutt, that old analogue beast that slithered its way into our hearts. The sentiment is clear – we’re making movies like we used to! A celebration of practical effects, the dripping of k-y jelly to give viscosity just like the old costume days, it’s all there. There’s excitement on set, everyone talking about how amazing it looks, how lifelike, how this is how you’re supposed to do movies like this.
Cut to Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett who shatters the myth, letting us know the creature was replaced by a CGI version in post.
Guyett’s resume is mighty. Having made his bones on groundbreaking films like Twister and Casper, he helped Spielberg bring the events of D-Day to screen in Saving Private Ryan, helped bring to life the best looking film in the Harry Potter series, Alfonso Cuarón’s Prisoner of Azkaban, and even made the theatrical version of Rent feel more than a stage production. Guyett has had many collaborations with Abrams – from the Star Trek Reboots through The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker he was even second unit director on the former, as well as working with George Lucas on Episode III to round off the prequels. He’s in a unique position to speak to these changing landscapes of epic filmmaking.
We spoke at length about the apparent contradictions and indulgences in making a Star Wars film, and he made the case for why nothing was wasted and all contributed to the final presentation. He was erudite and open to the discussion, making for a dream conversation with a man who quite literally has helped shape what amazes us on screen for decades.
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We see practical effects being championed as almost a marketing ploy with the “postquels” as a mix of nostalgia and an attempt to delineate from Lucas’ second trilogy. In some ways the love of the practically-realized snake undercuts the extraordinary CGI you and your team accomplished, and raises questions about why the need to fetishize the on-set inclusions when they’re replaced anyway. Could you talk about that ethos, that somehow doing stuff on a computer is a “cheat” while doing an effect practically is not?
I think at the end of the day we’re all trying to do the best that we can, trying to make the best, most dramatic or emotional movie we can visually. I’m coming from figuring out how do you get the most...