Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker may have brought the curtain down on the Skywalker Saga, but it sure left us with a number of questions – many of which surround the return of Emperor Palpatine and the introduction of the Sith Eternal.
Well, it seems we may get a few answers this October courtesy of Marvel’s ongoing Star Wars: Darth Vader comic book, with writer Greg Park revealing during yesterday’s Lucasfilm Publishing panel at Comic-Con@Home panel that the upcoming second story arc launching in issue #6 “will tie into Episode IX in a huge way.”
“I’ll just say that at the end of our first arc, Vader claims to have settled all of his previous business, but the Emperor knows better,” states Pak. “He knows Vader hasn’t settled anything! Vader is going to suffer a terrible punishment and undertake a new journey-slash-quest, and there are key elements that will tie into Episode IX in a huge way. There are some doors that have been thrown wide open, which dig into some great unexplored territory and also dig deeply into the heart of Vader. Once again, I can’t believe they’re letting us do it.”
You can watch the full Lucasfilm Publishing: Stories From a Galaxy Far, Far Away panel here…
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker sees J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) directing a cast that includes Star Wars veterans Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix), Greg Grunberg (Snap Wexley), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine) and Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa) as well as new additions Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth), Richard E. Grant (Logan), Dominic Monaghan (Lost), and Keri Russell (The Americans).