Opinion: Five Things That Would Surprise Us in ‘The Force Awakens’
3. Aliens…any aliens. You’ve seen both trailers 1138 times, right? Notice what has been missing in the first two trailers? Surely you noticed how there are nearly zero aliens (other than Chewbacca) in them. So where are they? JJ Abrams showed one of them off in a fundraising video he made for Omaze, but other than an article layout in Vanity Fair we haven’t seen any since. Given the history Star Wars has for giving us incredible, out-of-this-world, aliens, they have been mostly missing thus far. If JJ is saving them for the movie, they could be something special to see.
4. Force ghosts everywhere. There’s no shortage of “former” Jedi that could possibly make an appearance. Yoda, Mace Windu, Kenobi, even Anakin are all possibilities to pop back on to the big screen. If Hayden can appear at the end of Return of the Jedi then surely seeing Ewan as a younger Kenobi can be explained away. But having them on screen to spew exposition at us would almost be cliché at this point. Seeing any one of them would be a “been there, done that” moment.
5. The cloaked figure is from the distant past. In the second trailer, we’ve seen an army of new stormtroopers standing before a red banner with a black symbol. Someone was up on a platform overlooking the scene. Is it Captain Phasma? Is it Kylo Ren? Is it Luke Skywalker? The biggest shock might be if Lucasfilm summons a villain from the depths of the expanded universe. Darth Revan? Darth Bane? This could be greatest curve ball that JJ and KK might throw us.