Rumor: 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Villains Revealed But Not Explained
Not too long ago, some rumors regarding the basic plot of Star Wars: Episode VII were revealed, but as always, Lucasfilm, Disney and J.J. Abrams are playing coy when it comes to revealing or confirming anything about the sequel. There might have been some teasing with a robotic hand that may or may not belong to Luke Skywalker, but that's still up for debate. However, a new rumor has surfaced regarding the villains of the film, though it's not the first time rumors of the bad guys have surfaced. This time though, the information is more specific about ties to canon in the Star Wars universe, and it's kind of a game changer.
**Potential SPOILERS for Star Wars: Episode VII from here on out!**
Previously, the rumors about villains for Episode VII were referred to as "Jedi Hunters" or "mercenaries" depending on who you're talking to. At the time, we discussed how their description was eerily similar to The Inquisitor, a villain who will be prominent in the forthcoming animated series "Star Wars: Rebels." While there were rumors circulating that this could be the same villain in Episode VII, Latino Review says it's actually a group called The Inquisitors, taking a cue from the Expanded Universe organization known as The Inquisitorious, a secret division of Imperial Intelligence consisting of dark side Force-sensitive agents. Star Wars Wikia also explains:
Under the control of Darth Vader, these Inquisitors were considered the highest ranking of the Dark Side Adepts, outranking the Emperor's Hands, Prophets of the Dark Side, and lesser Dark Jedi. They reported directly to Emperor Palpatine.
Now those are all details from the Expanded Universe, which has since been regarded as not being part of canon, while everything happening with Star Wars from now on will be officially part of the Star Wars universe. However, the film villains don't seem to be too far removed as it is said that a flashback will be utilized where Luke Skywalker explains the history of this organization and the fact that they've had ties to the Sith this whole time. It's kind of a retcon that allows for new villains to take prominence, but also be tied to the original mythology. Now here's where things get interesting.
Rather than just saying that The Inquisitors have ties to the Sith, they will actually show this organization taking orders from Darth Vader himself. So that's an easy way to bring one of the most iconic characters from the original trilogy into the sequel. This also makes the animated "Rebels" series much more important, as there might be clues to what's coming in Episode VII. But at the same time, this doesn't reveal much since we don't know how extensive the work of The Inquisitors has been. What have they been doing off-camera this whole time, and how could it have been effective if we haven't heard about it until now? Or maybe that's been the point of this villainous group all along, and now they've been revealed.
That's all we're going to reveal here, but Latino Review has some other spoilery tidbits, albeit out of context, on the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker, who's using the Millennium Falcon, and who Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd is going to play in the film. We're not beyond talking about some of the basic plot points and characters in Star Wars: Episode VII, but we don't want to dig too deep into spoilers, so for the rest of that information, you're just going to have to read their story. Though be warned, it has information that will just raise more questions than answers for hungry fans. Thoughts?
UPDATE: Badass Digest has added an intriguing little detail about the villains. Apparently there's a main villain amongst The Inquisitors. Though he is not named, he's described as wearing a black robe, having deep red eyes and half of his face is metal. And supposedly that was his hand in the image that J.J. Abrams recently revealed to end the Star Wars: A Force For Change charity campaign.