Star Wars Episode VIII - Title and Teaser Poster Released

It is official! Star Wars Episode 8 will be…. (pause for dramatic effect)…. The Last Jedi.

 LucasFilm/Walt Disney Studios

LucasFilm/Walt Disney Studios

So, this poster is a fairly standard teaser poster for the Star Wars franchise. Black, starry background with simple lettering and design seems to be an attempt at a throwback to the original Star Wars poster for the first installment, A New Hope. In case you have never noticed, Star Wars titles all have deeper and, sometimes, double meanings. 

The Prequel Titles:

The Phantom Menace is most obviously Darth Maul, but can also be foreshadowing to the future that awaits the young Anakin Skywalker. Attack of the Clones pretty much sums up the clone army, but they aren’t the initial attackers, are they? So, it can also mean the droids that are so identical they look like clones. Revenge of the Sith is clearly Anakin’s revenge for… um… for thinking Padme was cheating with Obi Wan? I’m sorry that was the best of the prequel trilogy but that sudden turn to the bad needed a bit more. Revenge of the Sith could also be a deeper revenge for the prominence the Jedi had and what the Sith wanted. It was also a bit of a throwback to the fake title, Revenge of the Jedi.

The Original Trilogy Titles:

A New Hope is tricky because it didn’t receive it’s title until later. It was originally just called Star Wars. However, A New Hope is clearly Luke. He is not just a new hope for the rebellion but also for the Jedi and for his family. Remember, Star Wars is either a story about the Skywalker family or about two droids who seem to be indestructible. The Empire Strikes Back is fairly clear. It is the striking back against the fighting of the rebellion. This is likely the clearest title of the franchise. Return of the Jedi is kind of not accurate. Obi-Wan was a Jedi and was around not long before this, Yoda was still around for a while, and Luke was developing his skills with Yoda. Was there ever really a time when there were no Jedi?

The New Trilogy:

The Force Awakens is a bit tricky. Was it sleeping? Luke looked pretty tired at the end of the movie. All kidding aside, it is more likely that this was intended to allude to the force awakening in Rey as we see in her fight with Kylo Ren. It could also be the awakening of Luke to get back in to the fight. The Last Jedi instantly sparked debate at my dinner table. Who is the last Jedi? Is Luke the last Jedi because he was on that island and Kylo Ren murdered the others when he left the order? Or, is Rey the last Jedi? Titles like these are begging for lengthy debate and discussion. We will likely never get a solid answer. That is how this typically plays out, but that is okay. It’s part of the fun.

I am looking forward to seeing the next poster. The real poster. One of these years I would love to see them change the aesthetic. Star Wars posters always keep the same layout and feel. It is great for consistency, but it would be nice to see what new design they could come up with.

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