Ever since the second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted during the D23 Expo, fans have been waiting impatiently for the next wave of footage. Some thought LucasFilm would unveil this sneak peek at San Diego Comic Con, but instead, fans were treated to a behind-the-scenes video from the set way back in July. Director J.J. Abrams did confirm at the time that the next trailer would debut sometime in the fall, causing another long three month wait for the latest glimpse at what is easily the most anticipated movie of 2015. Possibly ever. Last night, during ESPN's Monday Night Football, the third and final trailer arrived, revealing tons of new footage that will thrill and delight new and old Star Wars fans alike. But no matter how many times you've watched it, we bet you've missed a couple of things.
With all three trailers widely praised and beloved, anticipation is growing by the millisecond. It has become abundantly clear that the franchise is more popular than ever, and that Star Wars: The Force Awakens could shatter box office expectations, which are already staggeringly high. A report from August claimed that analysts are already predicting that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will earn upwards of $615 million worldwide in its first weekend of release alone, which would break several records set just a few months ago. Universal's Jurassic World not only broke the domestic record ($208.8 million), but also international ($315.3 million) and worldwide ($524.4 million) opening weekend records. These insiders claim that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will gross $300 million domestically and $315 million internationally during the weekend of December 18, which seems like a tall order now, but if anticipation keeps growing at the same feverish pace, with ticket outlets crashing all over the internet, it may even fare much better, but only time will tell.
With just two months left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, last night's trailer is expected to be the last one. But don't worry, there will surely be new clips and TV spots rolling in soon. The first trailer that debuted back in November was just 88 seconds long, but it introduced us to the three main heroes, John Boyega's Finn, Daisy Ridley's Rey and Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron, along with the ball droid BB-8. Slowly but surely, new details started to filter out, such as the confirmation that Adam Driver is actually playing the villainous Kylo Ren, the fact that the lovable ball droid, BB-8 is actually a real technological marvel, and that the desert shoot in Abu Dhabi was not actually for scenes set in Tatooine, but for a new planet known as Jakku.
However, since this is Star Wars, many of these reveals lead to even more questions, as the enormous fan community and journalists alike still try to piece together the dearth of rumors and speculation that have swirled around this movie set in a galaxy far, far away, ever since Disney bought LucasFilm for $4 billion back in October 2012. Even with three thrilling trailers, and that behind-the-scenes video from Comic Con, there is still so much we don't know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For instance, the identity of Max von Sydow's character remains a mystery, and the purposeful exclusion of Finn and Rey's surnames have spawned numerous theories. And, of course, there is the biggest mystery of all: Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who has yet to be revealed in any of the posters, photos or footage released so far. It's safe to assume at this point that we probably won't see Luke Skywalker at all until we're sitting in our local theater on December 18 (or, most likely, the evening of December 17), adding to the mystery and intrigue of a movie that is so popular, it actually caused several movie ticket websites to tank, shortly after tickets went on sale last night.
While we can only speculate about these mysteries for now, what we can do is break down this exciting new trailer and offer up some tidbits you might have missed, even if you have already watched it hundreds of times by now. Some of these details essentially confirm long-held rumors, while others offer brand new tidbits and details that fans will be poring over for the next two months. So, without further adieu, we present seven things you might have missed in the third and final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
1 Does A StormTrooper Falls Off an X-Wing In Mid-Flight?
Towards the end of the new trailer, at the 1:54 mark, there is a brief shot of a lone Stormtrooper firing at an X-Wing ship, but if you look closer, there is something quite strange about the shot. If you break it down frame by frame, it appears that another Stormtrooper may actually fall off this X-Wing ship. This Stormtrooper is so far in the background that we can't see for sure (or even confirm that he is even a Stormtrooper), but if this is the case, then we just may have a candidate for the Bravest Stormtrooper Ever Award. Sure, they're great at firing laser blasters at their enemies, but we don't see many of them going that extra mile, as it were.
There is another possibility, though, as he may have just been propelled so far into the air by the explosion below, that it merely looks like he fell off the X-Wing. If you break down the footage frame by frame, it appears that this could be the most viable theory, especially taking into account how a Stormtrooper would end up atop a moving X-Wing seems highly unlikely. Then again, he could have jumped on the ship trying to disable the unwitting pilot as he takes off. This doesn't seem like standard protocol for your average Stormtrooper, but then again, these aren't your garden variety Stormtroopers, these are First Order troopers. It's certainly possible that these First Order soldiers do, in fact, go that extra mile, unlike their predecessors, but since there is so little we know about the First Order, it's tough to say for sure. Regardless, of how he ended up flying through the air, it certainly wasn't a great day for that particular Stormtrooper.