When, a few days ago, we finally found out the full title of Star Wars Episode VII - or, as it shall henceforth be known Star War Episode VII: The Force Awakens - it's pretty much fair to say that pretty much the entire internet and its brother had something to say about it.
And...not all of that response was exactly what you would call positive. As it turns out, most of us have a very particular idea of what the next Star Wars movie should be called, and for a lot of people, it wasn't The Force Awakens.
There was, though, one fan for whom it most definitely was. After all...
One Star Wars Fan Predicted The Force Awakens...Two Years Ago
Yup, you read that right.
One devoted Star Wars fan managed to accurately call the new title of Star Wars Episode VII, just a little under two years ago.
Specifically, this fan:
Queen Gimmedala, who appeared on TheForce.net back in December 2012, and as part of a thread regarding Episode VII's potential title, suggested The Force Awakens - as ScreenCrush discovered after the site happened to do some fortuitous googling.
Now, obviously there have been a whole lot of different guesses for the title of the movie floating around - so many, in fact, that it's kind of tempting to write this off as a lucky guess.
Except, of course, for what happened after TheForce.net got back in touch with Queen Gimmedala...
It Turns Out That Fan Had Some Pretty Perfect Logic
As Queen Gimmedala put it:
"to me it seemed logical that the first movie in this trilogy would need to address the force."
Which makes sense, seeing as pretty much every rumor about the movie has subsequently centered on the force, and force users.
"I'm a believer that the movie titles in each trilogy closely relate and I suspect this will carry over for the ST [Sequel Trilogy]."
Which when you compare the previous six movies (A New Hope/The Phantom Menace, Empire Strikes Back/Attack of the Clones, Return of the Jedi/Revenge of the Sith) does actually make a lot of sense.
"So I knew it was going to be 3 words, and the force. I also know that the wording would be vague/ambiguous/old fashioned like all the other six movie titles."
Something, as she put it, along the lines of...
"The Phantom Menace (something is wrong with the force), A New Hope (something is helping) and The Force Awakens (It's BACK BABY)."
All of which...makes a whole lot of sense, actually.
So, it's congratulations all round for Queen Gimmedala, then, right? After all, that's some pretty darned impressive sleuthing/guesswork...
Well, the thing is...
Not Everyone Thinks It Was Just a Remarkable Guess
Specifically, Star Wars fans have been pointing out in comment threads across the Internet that there are some intriguingly peculiar details about this particular guess, and Queen Gimmedala herself.
After all, she joined TheForce.net on the same day as making that post, only posted twice, and then promptly disappeared. All of which adds a whole lot to the air of mystery surrounding the whole thing.
Especially since the day of that post? December 18, 2012. Exactly three years before the scheduled arrival of Episode VII - and just a few weeks before J.J. Abrams was confirmed to be directing.
For many, this has suggested that the guess may even have been the work of Abrams himself, operating under a cunning codename and gender-switched disguise - or at least a senior member of the Lucasfilm team.
For many more, it's just a really, really, really good guess.
So, Which Is It?
Well, we may never actually know - and, in the end, we'll all probably just have to choose to believe whichever side we feel makes the most sense to us. For me, at least - tempting as it is to think that J.J. has known the title for two years, and set it up as an Easter egg before he even got the job - I'm inclined to think it's just a downright fantastic guess on the part of a regular fan, just like us.