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Star Wars has a long history with some great characters — although some were not so great *cough* Jar Jar *cough*. When #TheForceAwakens premiered in 2015, we were promised a badass new addition to proceedings in the form of #GwendolineChristie's Captain Phasma. The shiny Stormtrooper was bigged up by #Disney to be some cool Boba Fett homage in The Force Awakens, but sadly, her chrome suit was the only thing about the character that shone. A few crackling lines of lackluster helmet chatter and Phasma was carted off, threatened with becoming a recycled aluminum can in a trash compactor.
Fans of the original trilogy will remember that a trip to the trash compactor doesn't necessarily result in death, and the not so shocking news that #RianJohnson would bring Phasma back for #TheLastJedi remains a controversial one. While we will have to wait and see how the First Order Commander escaped her implied fate, the latest news seems to point to the idea that Christie might actually have something to do this time round, rather than just polishing her helmet.
Papa can you 'Spear' me?
It may only be a teeny midichlorian of news, but MakingStarWars.net has some info on Phasma's return, and in particular, a new weapon in her arsenal — lightsabers are so 1977. A source close to the site teased:
You are going to love Captain Phasma’s spear in The Last Jedi. She looks killer.
A spear, a mother-Vadering spear! Suddenly Christie fighting a bear on Game of Thrones seems a little lame. The site double-checked whether the source meant "spear" or "sphere," confirming that she appears to be wielding the former as some sort of staff. Where was this in The Force Awakens, Gwendy?!
Phasma had her own special gun in the last film, but being honest, didn't really get to use it. Elsewhere in the #StarWars universe, we have heard that Supreme Leader Snoke's Royal Guards will have a similar sounding weaponry, so perhaps the Captain is due for a promotion? Just as long as we get to see her actually use it, I don't really care. We have seen Christie put her sparring skills to the test on GoT, and her imposing stature makes for a superb fight scene, so play to your skills, guys.
What role Phasma will play in Johnson's hotly anticipated No. 8 in the space opera saga remains to be seen, but she seems like a character that is ripe for redemption — either that or a more permanent trip to the recycling plant. With a new "new" trilogy planned up until 2030, who knows, maybe Phasma will warrant her own Han Solo-style anthology film.