If there's one thing we've learned from the Star Wars Episode VII production, it's that you can always trust J.J. Abrams to turn pretty much anything into a pretty perfect piece of viral marketing. For instance, Apple's recent launch of a Watch led to this:
Which, while at first glance may seem a pretty innocuous piece of card, is, in fact, a cruel, unusual (and potentially awesome) teaser.
For this big ol' hunk'a childhood joy:
And why's that? Well, take a closer look at the lighting behind that card...
...and you might just recognize the interior of a particular moon-sized super-weapon:
Which, seeing as J.J. Abrams isn't likely to just be choosing his tweeted picture backgrounds at random, sure seems a whole lot like a hint that we'll be seeing a Death Star in Episode VII.
If so, though, what does that mean for the movie? We thought we'd take a look at the three main possibilities:
1. The Empire is Building a New Death Star
Because,apparently, whoever's still kicking around after the battle of Endor learned absolutely nothing from the events of the original trilogy.
It's not an entirely ridiculous idea, though. After all, a genuinely operational Death Star is a ludicrously effective weapon. Especially if thirty-odd years of development has allowed Imperial scientists to find a way to defend it against lone, force-guided sand-urchins:
Would J.J. Abrams really stick to more or less the same plot of the entire original trilogy, though?
Is there another way of incorporating the Death Star? Is it, for instance, possible that:
2. The Death Star Will Appear in Flashbacks
One of the most intriguing rumors to come out of the Episode VII set recently was one that suggested Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd would be playing a young Princess Leia in flashbacks.
With rumors also abounding that Darth Vader would be appearing in the movie - which would certainly suggest a possible appearance for the Death Star - it's not impossible that the already fond of flashbacks Abrams will include a brief visit to a time slightly long, longer ago.
An appearance of a pre-operational Death Star from before A New Hope, perhaps?
There is, however, an alternative:
3. The Image Could Show Literally Any Other Imperial Ship
While the idea of Abrams' teasing the Death Star is obviously an appealing one, it's not the only ship interior that could potentially be being teased. There's been nothing within the canon Star Wars universe to suggest that this...
...couldn't be the basic design for all Imperial starship interiors.
I mean, it's not as though the basic design procedure for a moon-sized super-weapon would be all that different from that for a Star-Destroyer.
Or, indeed, any large Imperial ship.
I mean, I know it's the Galactic Empire and all, but you'd have to think they'd try to keep the cost of building an immensely powerful space station/moon down at least a little. Would they really fundamentally alter their lighting design every single time they made a hubris-fueled super-weapon?
Probably not - which means that background could really be anything.
Even J.J. Abrams' new office on set.
No matter what, though, [Star Wars: Episode VII](movie:711158) is on its way - just in time for Christmas 2015...
What do you guys think? Did Abrams really just tease the Death Star?