Did you really think a trash compactor could stop Captain Phasma?
A new comic set at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will reveal how Captain Phasma escaped the destruction of Starkiller Base. Now that Star Wars has returned to theaters, filmmakers are doing their best to honor the original films while still drawing in a new audience. One of the ways they do that is to include a number of easter eggs and references to the previous films and animated series. A familiar droid or vehicle from the past popping up in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or a character hitherto only seen or heard of in the animated series The Clone Wars.
But one of the easiest to spot references is Finn’s revenge on Captain Phasma at the end of The Force Awakens; after making her drop the shields around the Starkiller Base, he, Han, and Chewbacca forced the Captain into a trash compactor – mirroring the escape Han, Luke, and Leia made when they were trying to escape the Death Star. That was the last time Phasma was seen, and not long after that moment the base was destroyed. Despite that, Captain Phasma’s return has been promised in Episode VIII, meaning that somehow she not only got out of the trash compactor alive but escaped the planet.
According to StarWars.com, the question of how Captain Phasma survived will not be explained in The Last Jedi, but her story will be told in a 4-issue comic book. The series – created by writer Kelly Thompson and artist Marco Checchetto – will release this September, with the first issue’s cover using art created by Paul Renaud. Check it out below.
Captain Phasma is certainly not the only time a comic has been used to bridge the gaps between Star Wars films. One recent example was Shattered Empire – a prequel to The Force Awakens that filled in some of the blanks between Return of the Jedi and the new movies. There was also a single issue story about C-3PO that explained how he got his red arm. But this time the story isn’t bridging two movies but rather showing an event concurrent to Episode VII: it explains what happened while Han was confronting his son.
Artist Checchetto discussed why he was interesting the project, saying “We have not seen much of Phasma, and I’m very excited to explore more of this character.” He’s not wrong; the first female villain in a Star Wars film got a lot of attention before the film was released, yet barely had more than two minutes of screen time and a grand total of 11 lines. She’s set to have a bigger role in The Last Jedi, but hopefully this comic can also show why she’s worthy of the hype.
StarWars.com caught up with the series’ creators to get their thoughts on continuing and expanding Phasma’s story.
Kelly Thompson: “It’s exciting enough when someone lets you contribute to the Star Wars universe in any real way, but when they let you create the first ever Phasma story for comics? Well, that’s about as good as it gets! Like most, I’m a huge fan of both Gwendoline Christie and Phasma. Christie is magnetic and Phasma has so much fascinating untapped potential…potential which I can’t wait to help unlock for fans in our comic.”
“I’ve been a fan of Marco Checchetto’s work for a long time. We actually almost got to work on something together once before and it didn’t work out, so I’m really excited that everything came together this time. And his work on Star Wars: Shattered Empire was some truly exceptional comics, and I’m so excited about what he’s bringing to Phasma.”
Marco Checchetto: “With this series, I’ve had the opportunity to work on each era of Star Wars. Obi-Wan and Anakin in the prequel era, Shattered Empire and The Screaming Citadel in the classic trilogy, and now in the new era of Star Wars. I’m thrilled to be working on new characters. I’m a huge fan of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and obviously can’t wait to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We have not seen much of Phasma, and I’m very excited to explore more of this character. Kelly is a great writer. I can’t wait to read her script and start work on the series!”