The Title Will Include One Star Wars Word
Star Wars titles are self-referential in the fact that they almost always include a term that's largely associated with the overarching franchise. The Empire Strikes Back. Return of the Jedi. Attack of the Clones (the Clone Wars were first mentioned in the original film). Revenge of the Sith. This continues to be true in the Disney era, as evidenced by The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. It can also be applied to the spinoffs; Rogue One can be traced back to the original trilogy (the Rebels flew as Rogue group on Hoth) and Solo is, of course, the name of one of the property's most popular characters. With the exception of A New Hope (and even there, the word "hope" is an integral part of Leia's message) and The Phantom Menace, all Star Wars movie titles contain a "Star Warsy" word.
When trying to predict Episode IX's title, process of elimination can come in handy. It would appear unlikely "Force" or "Jedi" will be used, since the original and prequel trilogies both avoided repetition in their respective titles. This would lend credence to "Hope" being a leading contender, especially when one considers the beautiful poetry of the Skywalker saga's last movie drawing from the very first. There frankly aren't too many other Star Wars terms that seem like a natural fit, given the trajectory of the sequel trilogy's narrative and the conflicts Episode IX still has to resolve. For a series that started with a new hope, concluding with the last hope saving the galaxy sounds like a tantalizing proposition. But we have a different idea.
Our Title Prediction - Star Wars: The New Order Rises
The Spark of Hope or The Last Hope sounds like a classic Star Wars title, but for now we're going with The New Order Rises. "Order" fits the pre-established Star Wars word rule; while it's not as synonymous as something like "Force" or "Sith," orders have been prevalent in the franchise, be it the Jedi Order of the prequels or the First Order of the sequels. What's more is that it also checks off the prerequisite of the title summarizing the plot of the movie - arguably more so than The Spark of Hope. It's been heavily speculated Episode IX will include a time jump, thrusting viewers into the thick of yet another galaxy-spanning confrontation. The Resistance needed a spark of hope at the beginning of the war as they were on their last rope. But now, presumably, their allies have rallied around Leia and are fighting for a noble cause.
Since Episode IX is the final chapter of the Skywalker saga before the franchise heads off in new horizons, it seems as if this movie will provide a definitive end. Either the Resistance or the First Order will emerge victorious, meaning a new order will form to take control of the galaxy. Rey, in possession of the ancient Jedi texts, may have several other Force users eager to follow her lead and launch a new generation for the Jedi (learning from the prior iterations' failures, of course). On the off chance Kylo Ren wins, he and the Knights of Ren will rule with an iron fist. Though it should be fairly clear the heroes will be victorious (no way Lucasfilm ends the story on a downer note), The New Order Rises keeps it somewhat open-ended as to which side will rise. Is it an order of light or one of darkness? It's also a little more descriptive than just The New Order, since it indicates one faction will come out on top by the end of the film.
This is merely on prediction of many that have been suggested thus far, and it'll be fascinating to see what Abrams and company ultimately went with. As for when that official announcement will be made, Episode IX is currently in production and won't wrap until February. While there have been rumors of a title reveal or brief teaser coming out in time for Christmas 2018, we likely won't know what the movie is called before February 2019. For now, fans will just have to theorize and come up with their own titles.
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