Now that we have a name for the Big Bad of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ it’s probably best to take a moment and analyze what we know about the character, what images we’ve seen that can back up that knowledge, and what it all might mean for the upcoming blockbuster. Kylo Ren, according to the Disney Wiki, will be a member of the Empire with cyborg parts to his body, who is in possession of the charred remains of Darth Vader’s helmet and, as seen in the trailer for the film, is also in possession of a crossguard lightsaber (which many have speculated might be a Sith artifact from long ago, which would explain why it appears to be more flame-like than regular lightsabers. Also, since it has been confirmed that Ren starts the film with a different lightsaber, it could be an artifact he comes to possess later in the film to help him battle the Jedi).
We’ve also seen artwork released detailing the design of Ren’s own helmet, which looks to be at least in part an homage to Vader’s helmet, though with its own unique twist. Check it out below:
When you combine the Vader-esque helmet with the Emperor-esque hood that Kylo Ren sports in all the images we’ve seen of him, one might wonder if he’s some kind of imperial fan-boy obsessed with the Sith brought down by Luke Skywalker and the Rebellion. Also, with rumors about Sith artifacts having significance in the movie, Ren might be villain who gains a lot of power by using Sith artifacts from the past to increase his own abilities, and learn skills and secrets that would help him best the current Jedi.
Will this current Sith hold a candle to long-time fan favorites Palpaltine, Maul or Vader? Will he have any Sith cohorts to scheme with? Or will he be powerful enough to take on the Jedi and the Rebels alone with just his Imperial lackeys to back him up? Hopefully we’ll learn more (but not too much more) before ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ opens in theaters in December 2015.