The stars of the show when talking about the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens have definitely been the newcomers, such as Finn, Rey, and Kylo Ren. Writer/director J.J. Abrams is making sure, however, that the newbies aren’t getting all the attention. The original trilogy heroes have their own fair share of drama going on. Questions and speculations have been arising over Luke Skywalker’s history, and the Millennium Falcon’s history as well- mainly, are Han Solo and Chewbacca still the owners? One alteration that will get explained is the mysterious red arm that protocol droid C-3PO has been sporting, which a Marvel comic is set to address.
Disney’s official Star Wars website announced that, in a special one-shot comic book, readers will discover how C-3PO came about this new limb. This comic book marks a major milestone- it’s the first time in two decades that the award-winning writer and artist team of James Robinson and Tony Harris, respectively, will be reunited. It will be part of the “Journey to The Force Awakens” publication line, which fills in the 30-year gap between Return of the Jedi and Episode VII.
Nothing has surfaced so far in terms of plot details, with exception of the hint that C-3PO will be headed on a solo adventure, leading up to his appearance in The Force Awakens. With book details as tightly under wraps as movie details, we’ll have to wait for the comic’s debut in December to learn more.
So, why is C-3PO’s red arm getting it’s own comic? As far as Star Wars characters go, C-3PO probably isn’t the first one you’d think of to star in his own spin-off standalone. One theory is that this new limb has to be addressed, and there just may not be an appropriate time or place to discuss it in the actual movie. So for those who are interested, the comic is a good option- option being the key word. You don’t have to read it to understand the movie. For those that think the new appendage is just a marketing gimmick can fill in the blanks by themselves. C-3PO is a robot. He’s a pretty old robot, he’s been around for a long time, and old robots need updates/repairs sometimes. The comic will simply provide official reasoning for those interested in such. And for all the C-3PO fans!
Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens hits theaters December 18, 2015.