The latest image from Star Wars: The Last Jedi puts the spotlight on the First Order’s Snowtroopers – and Empire‘s new cover is all Porgs. In less than three weeks, the third Star Wars film in as many years will hit theaters. After Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story struck a chord with both fans and critics, anticipation is huge for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Tracking for the film indicates The Last Jedi may open as big as The Force Awakens. New images and clips from the film continue to pour in online on a daily basis to further amp up anticipation, and even Pixar’s Coco features fresh Last Jedi footage in front of it in theaters, to help the cause. Those not wishing to be spoiled are likely avoiding the flood of marketing for the upcoming Star Wars movie, but it won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

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Empire has released a preview of their upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi cover issue, which will hit shelves this Thursday. In anticipation, the site has revealed the Porg-centric cover that will go out to subscribers of the magazine. They have also debuted an image of the First Order’s Snowtroopers as they prepare for an invasion. You can check out the Empire cover and image below:

Empire Last Jedi Porgs Cover Porgs & Snowtroopers Kickoff Empires Last Jedi Coverage

Snowtroopers in Last Jedi Porgs & Snowtroopers Kickoff Empires Last Jedi Coverage

The Last Jedi hasn’t even been released yet and already the Porgs have become divisive creatures. To many, they’re an adorable extension of the many memorable creatures from the Star Wars universe. Others, meanwhile, worry that they will be a repeat of Jar Jar Binks and merely function as a way to push more toys.

In reality, they’re likely both a cute and minimal part of the film that will delight certain fans and annoy others but will sell plenty of merchandise. After all, many blockbusters make back some of their money from the licensed products they create. Putting Porgs on the cover is a smart move for Empire, but Lucasfilm has made sure to address the backlash. The latest spot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi shows Chewie smacking a Porg, and even star John Boyega thinks Porgs are unsettling.

The Snowtroopers, meanwhile, should prove to be less controversial. Their inclusion, however, does further connect The Last Jedi to The Empire Strikes Back, despite writer/director Rian Johnson’s claims that the two films are quite different. Audiences will have to wait for the movie to judge for themselves, but the Star Wars franchise has long focused on cyclical ideas, legacy, and nostalgia. As such, some similarities between Empire and Last Jedi are to be expected.

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Sources: Empire [2]

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