The Star Wars sequel trilogy sure has had fun toying with fans through marketing, hasn't it?
The trailers for The Force Awakens slyly hyped-up the return of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) while showing only a single shot of his hand - supposedly to preserve the "surprise" of his appearance - only for him to show up for a mere minute-long cameo.
The Last Jedi meanwhile employed sneaky editing to trick countless fans into believing that Rey (Daisy Ridley) succumbs to the Dark Side and joins Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).
One of the trailers showed a seemingly defeated, directionless Rey telling Kylo, "I need someone to show me my place in all this", before cutting to Kylo extending his hand to her.
However, in the actual film, Rey is in fact making this declaration to Luke rather than Kylo, and though Kylo does invite Rey to join him, the tone is subtly different as there's zero implication Rey will join him.
And going by the recent trailer for the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker, it seems like Lucasfilm is up to their old tricks again, once more hinting that Rey will turn to the Dark Side, in what must surely be the most transparent trailer troll of the year.
On the other hand, how hilarious would it be if J.J. Abrams was actually hiding a massive spoiler in plain sight and this wasn't a nightmare, vision or trailer-exclusive shot?
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