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6 Big Things We Hope to See From Star Wars: Episode IX 6 Big Things We Hope to See From Star Wars: Episode IX

In little over a year, we’ll be seeing the third and final chapter of Star Wars’ latest trilogy, Episode IX, hit theaters. Unsurprisingly, we barely know a thing about it yet, other than it exists and some people we know and love are in it. But that just gives us more reason to make a list of hopes about what we’ll…

The Most Important Line in Star Wars Is an Ode to the Peril of Living in the Past The Most Important Line in Star Wars Is an Ode to the Peril of Living in the Past

“May the Force be with you.” “No, I am your father.” “It’s a trap!” Star Wars is full of iconic notable quotables. But what has become my favorite line in the entire saga is a line from The Last Jedi that speaks to a wider existential debate about where the franchise is at right now: “Let the past die. Kill it, if you…

One Year Later, The #SWRepMatters Campaign Is Still an Uplifting Part of Star Wars Fandom One Year Later, The #SWRepMatters Campaign Is Still an Uplifting Part of Star Wars Fandom

As you may have heard, things haven’t been too great in Star Wars fandom lately. While all fandoms (or even groups of people in general) attract bigotry and unsavory people, Star Wars has taken the cake, especially after the release of The Last Jedi. 

Please Let Star Wars Resistance Tell Its Own Story Please Let Star Wars Resistance Tell Its Own Story

Even though we’re two-thirds of the way into the latest Star Wars trilogy, there are still tons of questions about what happened before those films—about the First Order, Supreme Leader Snoke, the Knights of Ren, and so much more. And, with any luck, Star Wars Resistance won’t answer any of them.

Fresh to Death Luke Skywalker Is Finally Tactile Fresh to Death Luke Skywalker Is Finally Tactile

I still get goosebumps when I think about it: the first time a fresh-from-the-barber Luke Skywalker showed up on Crait to save the Resistance in The Last Jedi. He looked great and he was ready to fight—and, of course, we eventually find out it’s all an illusion.

Poe Dameron Bids Farewell With an Important Lesson Learned From The Last Jedi Poe Dameron Bids Farewell With an Important Lesson Learned From The Last Jedi

Marvel’s Poe Dameron comic, which wrapped up this Wednesday, has given us important insight into a character who has not exactly had the spotlight in either Star Wars: The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi. Despite that, Poe’s comics have had to jostle in tone just as the character himself has been jostled by the events…

Postal Apocalypse: Will Fan Toxicity Ever Get Better? Postal Apocalypse: Will Fan Toxicity Ever Get Better?

Hello, all! It’s your friendly neighborhood postman, except I’m not that friendly, there are no more neighborhoods since I live in the post-apocalypse, and also I’m a fake postman anyway. It’s been a year since I last answered your letters, so let’s just get to it—it being the futures of Star Wars: Episode IX,…

The Washington Post's Analysis of Star Wars' Toxic Fandom Doesn't Go Deep Enough The Washington Post's Analysis of Star Wars' Toxic Fandom Doesn't Go Deep Enough

This morning, the Washington Post published an article titled “Who hates Star Wars for its newfound diversity? Here are the numbers.” It comes to the perhaps unsurprising conclusion that, as ferocious as it has become lately, the toxic subculture that has developed in Star Wars fandom is a vocal minority. But its…

An Amazing Japanese Take on C-3PO, and More of the Loveliest Toys of the Week An Amazing Japanese Take on C-3PO, and More of the Loveliest Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular roundup of all things merch. This week, Tamashii Nation’s “movie realization” range takes on Threepoio, an incredibly detailed Keanu Reeves emerges from the Continental, and Doctor Who’s Bill Potts finally gets her own action figure. Check it out!

Kelly Marie Tran Speaks Out Against Racist Star Wars Fans With Some Powerful Words Kelly Marie Tran Speaks Out Against Racist Star Wars Fans With Some Powerful Words

Earlier this year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran suddenly logged off the internet in what appeared to be in response to an outpouring of racist, sexist trolls who felt the need to voice their distaste for her existence within one of the most popular franchises in the world. Today, the actress…

Kylo Ren's Design Might Have an Interesting Connection to a Classic Adaptation of Hamlet Kylo Ren's Design Might Have an Interesting Connection to a Classic Adaptation of Hamlet

Kylo Ren’s design owes an obvious debt to the aesthetics of Darth Vader. But that’s not the only piece of film history that influenced his look and feel.

The New Star Trek Show Is a Chance to Last Jedi the Hell Out of Captain Picard The New Star Trek Show Is a Chance to Last Jedi the Hell Out of Captain Picard

Star Trek Las Vegas 2018 confirmed a huge piece of news for the Trek universe last weekend: the rumors were true, and Sir Patrick Stewart would be returning to television to reprise his role as an older, wiser Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series. We know little else about the series beyond that, but I really…

This Fan Film Lovingly Parodies Rian Johnson's Brick to Show Support for Diversity in Star Wars [UPDATED] This Fan Film Lovingly Parodies Rian Johnson's Brick to Show Support for Diversity in Star Wars [UPDATED]

What happens when you take the plot of Rian Johnson’s directorial debut, high school noir Brick, and run it through the current state of Star Wars fandom? You get Star Wars: Revenge of the Incels, a clever short film that works as a parody, a statement, and a love letter.

A Shockingly In-Depth Examination of How Star Wars Characters Hold Their Weapons A Shockingly In-Depth Examination of How Star Wars Characters Hold Their Weapons

The Star Wars films may be about a bunch of warriors, smugglers, and monarchs fighting for the fate of the galaxy, but it’s also about how good they look while doing it. That’s thanks in part to their iconic poses. Every Star Wars character has a preferred stance for how they hold their weapon of choice pre-combat.…

Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill Confirmed for Star Wars: Episode IX Cast [UPDATED] Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill Confirmed for Star Wars: Episode IX Cast [UPDATED]

Disney has revealed the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX, which will see the directorial return of J.J. Abrams. Among the cast are the expected stars, like Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac. But it looks like Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) will be back and we’ll even see the return of the late Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa. It…

Luke's Magical Last Jedi Trick Gets an Equally Magical Poster Luke's Magical Last Jedi Trick Gets an Equally Magical Poster

How does one take both the reality and fantasy of Luke Skywalker’s final moments and display them in a single image? How about glow in the dark? That’s what artist Mark Englert has done in his brand new poster for Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi called “I Will Not Be The Last Jedi,” which io9 can exclusively…

Your Very Own Lifesize Replica of BB-8 Will Cost You Almost $4,000 Your Very Own Lifesize Replica of BB-8 Will Cost You Almost $4,000

Considering how he steals almost every scene he’s in, it didn’t take long for BB-8 to become a fan favorite, and for everyone obsessed with Star Wars to want a rolling droid of their own. Sideshow Collectibles is about to make that dream come true, or at least as close as possible, with a new life-sized figure that…

A Closer Look at The Last Jedi's Fight Scenes Could Reveal an Intriguing Link Between Rey and Kylo

They may not be of the same blood (as far as we know), but the connection is strong with Rey and Kylo Ren. Star Wars: The Last Jedi heightened the link between the new Jedi and her sometimes-shirtless nemesis, and a new image from Reddit shows a surprising way that bond may have manifested.

And Now, Here's Mark Hamill With a Truly Grim Realization About Luke's Arc in The Last Jedi And Now, Here's Mark Hamill With a Truly Grim Realization About Luke's Arc in The Last Jedi

The characterization of Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi has become the flashpoint in a raging wildfire of a debate about the current trajectory of the Star Wars saga. But with time to reflect since the release of the movie, it seems that Mark Hamill has come to a rather depressing realization that Luke’s fall is much…

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