What Star Wars anthology film do you want to see in 2020?
Vader in Rogue One has us psyched at the prospect of a future Vader heavy solo film. Rogue One definitely wet our appetite. Could there be an anthology film with his name on it? 2020 is the next open year for an anthology film, yet to be announced what it will be. There certainly appear to be room enough for narrative both plot and character exhibition. Let’s explore.
The timeframe between Episode III and Rogue One is perfect for exploration into Vader. Darth Vader is at the height of his suffering coming to grips with his new identity and his new body. He is embracing the dark side and yet still remains under the boot of the Emperor. The Star Wars films have yet to detail exactly why he remained the Emperor's slave. There is clearly an internal conflict similar to Tarkin and Krennic to fuel a character driven story with the Emperor. There is a lot of room to work with Vader in between the Clone Wars and the Civil War.
Rogue One explores so many different planets. The cinematography of these iconic worlds is a gorgeous backdrop to the film. They also serve to flavor the narrative. Jedha is an especially narratively rich location. Rogue One drops us into the middle of a war zone in Jedha raising a lot of interesting questions. Vader could lead their efforts to clear the Jedi temple. He could have even blinded Chirrut Imwe or crippled Saw Guerrera in battle as he made way for the Empire to harvest the Kyber crystals it needed. Mustafar is also an especially powerful source of imagery. We never knew Vader had his own castle on Mustafar. We knew he had his own super star destroyer, but a castle sitting atop a planet whose moletn core is spilling onto the surface. Tell us more! Vader's castle could be a place where they explore his pain and struggle. This might serve as a contrast or companion to the future struggle Kylo Ren seeks out to fuel his dark side.
This is a time period wherein some scattered Jedi can be hunted down by the Empire and Vader could spearhead those efforts. You could even toy with bringing Obi Wan back into the fold, but you would have to honor both how Obi Wan left Anakin on Mustafar and how he describes the last time he was with Obi Wan. “When I left you, I was but the learner. Now I am the master.” That may be a tall order but so was Rogue One’s place in the story and that was done masterfully.
Even without Obi Wan, there are scattered Jedi out there. Vader would be fueled to search for his old master and the Emperor would surely seek out Yoda. If Luke was such as great threat as an untrained farmboy, two Jedi council members would clearly be able to muck up their plans as well. One so fueled by pain and agony as Vader would most certainly be preoccupied with finding the source of that suffering - physically and emotionally.
Rogue One clearly has us interested in a Vader heavy anthology movie. They just introduced too much rich material with the character to pull him back now. Yet, it would be hard to find a more climactic point in his development than his battle on Mustafar with Obi Wan. We still want to see him hunt down the remaining Jedi. We never really felt like Lucas delivered on that promise from the original trilogy in the prequels with him storming the Jedi temple and slaughtering younglings on a holotape recording. We pictured adventures on many different planets with different kinds of Jedi, each fueling his power and stoking his pain and suffering.
Rogue One only heightened our anticipation for more Vader.
Which anthology film do you want to see in 2020?
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