The hype surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens hasn't settled yet, but the space saga has already revealed the title of the next movie: The Last Jedi. It came out to the excitement of fans all over, but something else is blowing up the internet: the movie's laser-red logo.
Any sharp-eyed fan worth his bounty will notice the not-so-subtle change in the iconic title logo. This is just a teaser image, and it is not yet known whether this will appear on the movie itself.
If it does show, then it will be the franchise's first time in a long time to ditch the familiar yellow font. (Remember though that the spinoff movie, Rogue One, eschewed the Star Wars title itself.)
Laser-Red Star Wars Logo: Why The Change?
So, why the color change? Surely, it was not done on a whim; a sinister, dark force might be behind this, making the fanverse go bonkers. Speculations and theories abound. But all hold a common theme: red is not a good sign.
The color red is a menacing prospect in the film's universe. Red is the color of the Rebel Alliance's logo in the movies, especially in the recent spinoff, Rogue One. And we all know how that movie went down. (To those who have yet to see the film, go watch!) Luke Skywalker's X-Wing Squadron also screams red.
Red is also the color of several Sith's lightsabers -- hello, Darth Vader! The prequel trilogy villain Darth Maul's weapon is glowing red and he himself is very, very red. Kylo Ren in Episode VII, The Force Awakens, also wields a crimson lightsaber.
Those are elements IN the movie -- but a red logo title? Sure, it has been used before. Three times, to be exact. One time in the official promotion for Return of the Jedi in 1983 (or as it was first known, "Revenge" of the Jedi.)
The second and third time the red logo was used was in the animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars, for the episodes "Brothers" and "Revenge." This two-episode arc tells the rise of Darth Maul. So, the return of the red might mean something really, really bad will go down in the movie's next episode.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
It wouldn't be called "the last Jedi" for nothing, right? But as our sage master Yoda said: "Patience you must have, young Padawan."
We just need to wait and see where the Force will take us on Dec. 15, the movie's release date this year. Check the official site for more details.
The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. Executive producers are J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.