Lucasfilm has released two trailers for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but both previews have been of the teaser variety. That's not to say they haven't been effective, as the reaction they've generated indicate that the passion for Star Wars still burns strong and millions around the globe cannot wait for the movie to hit theaters.
It came out well before the film's panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 that there would be no new footage shown at the presentation, but some were still holding out hope that there would be a surprise tacked on at the end. However, those hoping to see a new preview now will have to wait, as Lucasfilm doesn't plan to release a new trailer until Fall 2015.
As disappointing as this may be for fans to hear, it really shouldn't be all that surprising. After all, the last Force Awakens trailer was released just three months ago during Star Wars Celebration in April, and there are still five months to go until the movie comes out. Disney and Lucasfilm have plenty of time to cut together another preview, and since awareness for The Force Awakens clearly is not an issue, there's no need to rush something for the sake of the panel.
So now that we have a time frame for when the next trailer will be revealed, the conversation will now turn to what exactly we will see in it. At this stage in the game, it's time for director J.J. Abrams to lift his veil of secrecy a little bit and give viewers something a little more meatier than the previous two trailers. While great, they don't really detail much about the film's story, and with the ever-churning rumor mill constantly spitting out more and more speculation, the picture surrounding the movie is a bit muddled. Hence, some clarification (just a little, anyway) is in order.
At the top of many fans' wish lists will be shots of Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher back as Luke and Leia. The marketing thus far has primarily focused on the younger characters, but there's no denying that nostalgia has played a small role in the advertising campaign. If the response to that instantly famous shot of Han and Chewie is any indication, there is a very high demand to see Original Trilogy heroes back in action. It would be smart for Lucasfilm to include the Skywalker twins in the latest trailer, which would only ramp anticipation up even more.
The other thing that might be nice is more looks at some of the film's new characters. Since the second teaser came out, we've learned the identities of some of the new faces, like Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong'o), via photos of the actors in their mo-cap getups. With more time to work on the post production, it's plausible that Abrams would have some finalized shots of these digital creations to show off.
So as disappointing as it might be that Comic-Con will come and go without there being any new Star Wars footage, the panel is still chock full of exciting information regarding the film that will kick off the next wave of theorizing and speculating. And even when the panel's over, we'll all still have something new to look forward to and eagerly await.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, 2015, followed by Star Wars: Rogue One on December 16, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX does not have an official release date yet.