Successful confusion tactic or exciting story twist? The first teaser at the end of the current Star Wars trilogy thrilled fans around the world and at the same time raised many questions. On the other hand, there were only a few answers on the planet to Star Wars: Episode IX. After all, the title is now known: The Rise of Skywalker.


The ultimate evil

When director JJ Abrams speaks of "ultimate evil", it could probably have meant anything: the dark side itself, Snoke, Kylo Ren - few fans thought of Emperor Palpatine. And yet it was he who sneered in the "off" at the end of the first teaser of Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker. Will the Emperor really return in the final part of the saga? Or are fans just falling for a clever strategy of confusion to keep the real surprises a secret?

What did fans actually see in the two-minute teaser trailer? The Death Star? Probably. Endor? Maybe? Who does the "Skywalker" in the film's title really mean? Is Emperor Palpatine returning as a physical form or as a Force Spirit? Whose mentor will he be?

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There's plenty of room for speculation about the grand finale -- maybe even more room than before the teaser aired. But that, too, is part of the magic that has surrounded George Lucas' epic for decades: nothing is really certain. Only the fact that Lando Calrissian will be back in the Mad Falcon chair – alongside Chewbacca, of course – is firmly booked. That alone should ensure a visit to the cinema next December.

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