Does ‘Star Wars 7: Force Awakens’ Subtitle Prove Story Rumors True? [Updated]

There’s been so much secrecy surrounding J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII that we didn’t even known what the customary subtitle to the film would be. We finally know that the full title of the film will be Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, and that knowledge allows us to begin to speculate about what that subtitle may imply.

For months on end there has been a steady stream of rumors about Episode VII’s storyline – and there a curious amount of those rumors which could be seen as fitting in perfect synch with what the title “Force Awakens” could be hinting at.

NOTE: While none of this has been confirmed, here’s a compilation of what we’ve heard about Episode VII. WARNING! POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOLLOW!

The Inquisitor

In this rumored Episode VII storyline there is clear correlation to the “Force Awakens” subtitle. If Luke Skywalker has truly been missing for some time, then arguably the Jedi Order (and general knowledge of Force use) would have disappeared with him. With the Jedi gone, any Sith or Inquisitor factions would be dormant; The Sith could presumably be plotting from the shadows, while The Inquisitors would have little Jedi hunting to do.

If Luke suddenly resurfaces, and the characters played by Daisey Ridley, John Boyega and Gwendoline Christie all potentially reveal some hidden force powers (light or dark) – and if old villains are resurrected, as rumored – then any and all of those developments would fit into the idea of users of The Force “awakening” or making some kind of comeback after not having been in play for awhile.

With every official new detail, it seems like the scoop-hounds who have been digging for Star Wars Episode VII rumors may have been snagging more gold nuggets than lemons the past few months. The storyline laid above is looking more and more likely – and as we’ve been maintaining all along, it doesn’t sound that bad.

What do you think about the Episode VII “Force Awakens” title? How about the storyline rumored above? Are you enjoying the first parts of the new Star Wars shared universe like the Rebels animated series? Let us know in the comments.

[Update #1: Watch the official Star Wars 7 trailer right here!]

[Update #2: We look at these plot points again using images from first Star Wars 7 trailer.]

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens will be in theaters on December 18, 2015.