First, we don't really know what Episode VII will be. I remember rumors about NSYNC in the prequels. Something about Charlton Heston as Yoda. There was all that Super Shadow business. So maybe Han won't be commanding a Star Destroyer. Maybe there won't still be Stormtroopers. Maybe Han and Leia will be together. Maybe the film won't be about someone finding Luke's hand.
But the latest spoiler, is that Luke will be evil. Maybe that's not true.
But let's say these rumors are all true. I have moved past the point where I probably wouldn't see these movies, to being furious.
I think these rumors will make the prequel debates look quaint. I think Disney will be making a huge mistake.
I can already see apologists leaping to the defense of this movie. "You don't know what happened after Return of the Jedi." "Don't get mad the story didn't turn out the way you thought it did." "Yoda said once Luke started down the dark path it would forever dominate his destiny. He lost his temper fighting Vader, so he HAD to turn to the Dark Side." "Star Wars is about recurring themes and motifs. Anakin turned to the Dark Side and now Luke has to also."
And I say that is a bunch of garbage. It isn't just about thinking that after Return of the Jedi that Han and Leia would be together and that Luke would become the Jedi Master, passing on what he had learned. It's that if that is not what happened there was NO POINT to the original trilogy, and perhaps the entire saga.
Enjoy the love story of Han and Leia in Empire and Jedi? Well too bad, they don't end up together.
Think the original trilogy was about the hero's journey? Well it wasn't. It was all just building up to another guy with a red lightsaber, but this time to make you interested we're going to make it a character you already know.
Believe Lucas that Star Wars has always been about the fall and redemption of Anakin Skywalker, saved by his son? Well not anymore. Star Wars is about a family that was cursed by being born of a Sith Lord's experiment with midichlorians so they must all turn evil eventually. Doesn't it just make you want to cue up Luke looking at the setting suns from A New Hope? Won't you just thrill to watch Luke proclaim "You've failed your highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me." Won't Vader throwing the Emperor down the pit just be so exciting because he's saving the next scourge of the galaxy?
If this is all true, it enrages me because Kasdan wanted Jedi to be dark like Empire and Lucas overruled him. Well now he'll get his wish.
We should have seen franchise destruction coming with Abrams taking the helm. He threw out all Star Trek canon, why not trash the original trilogy?
The funny thing is people will probably say they miss George Lucas. George will love to read that (except the first press releases said they bought Lucas' stories, so he may be to blame if this is all true.)
Luke should have been the Obi-wan character in Episode VII. Frankly, I was more worried he'd die like Obi-wan. But to make him evil? What are we to think of Obi-wan? Everything he touched was a failure?
Why would Disney pay this kind of money to kill main characters? Make them evil? This is the House of Mouse for heaven's sake. Compared to the DC films, Marvel films have been fun. Of course there should be Empire Strikes Backs in the new movies, but not the first one. The first one should be fun like a New Hope, or even with a creeping evil like the Phantom Menace. Let us reminisce with the old characters and introduce new ones as the old characters are phased out. You can't launch a new franchise with a brooding, depressing movie. You can't start with the Empire Strikes Back.
That is why Star Trek films fell apart. Every movie become a dark revenge movie that tried to be Wrath of Khan without having laid the groundwork for why there was this revenge and hatred.
I applauded throwing out the EU. It was convoluted and moviegoers should not have been expected to keep up with or be introduced to it. And there were Clone Emperors. Luke turning evil in the Dark Empire books. Chewie's dead. Jaicen Solo turns evil. Anakin Solo dead. It's depressing.
But then we have Hand of Luke instead of Glove of Vader. Luke turns evil just like in Dark Empire. Luke turns evil like Jaicen. Rather than throwing out the EU, they're doing the same stories but acting like they thought of it.
I think that the general public, people like my parents who aren't into 30 years of back story, who skipped the prequels, but like Harrison Ford and enjoyed the original trilogy, might have tuned in for this movie. If it is the movie we are hearing about, my parents will ask what in the world they just watched, assuming they even go. My children love the original trilogy. I certainly won't take them to see a movie where Han and Leia aren't together and Luke turns evil. We waited thirty years for that? This is what happened next after Return of the Jedi?
And maybe someone will say, "Luke can turn evil and be redeemed just like Vader. What's your problem?" My problem is that Luke would either have to be a toothless villain, killing no one, or a villain who kills people and is redeemed. The character will be ruined. Vader was evil from the moment we saw him. If we had seen Episodes I-VI in order no one would have accepted the redemption. Darth Vader wouldn't have been awesome. Anakin Skywalker would have been a ruined character. And the story stopped at VI and Vader died. We didn't have to see him going around in white armor. We didn't have to watch Leia accepting Vader as part of the team after his complicity in destroying Alderaan. If Luke turns evil, he is a ruined character.
Why can't this movie just be fun? It all sounds like bad fan fiction. Oooo, Luke can shoot force lightning out of his one good hand. Oooo.
It isn't just about me not seeing the movie. It isn't just me being furious about the movie. It isn't just childhoods being slapped in the face. It isn't just the fans being ripped apart even worse than they were by the prequels. I honestly believe it will destroy the franchise and be a huge financial disaster for Disney. Maybe not the first movie. Curiosity will bring people in.
I hope I am wrong. I hope these are false spoilers.
I have a bad feeling about this.