Star Wars fans can barely contain their excitement for the return of Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi show on Disney+, though some of them have voiced their concerns about the kind of impact it will have on the character’s legacy.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that the Mouse House has revived Anakin since acquiring the rights to that galaxy far, far away back in 2012. Vader’s featured heavily in numerous canonical comic books and novels, not to mention his brief, yet terrifyingly amazing appearance in Rogue One. Only this time around, Hayden Christensen will be donning the mask to portray the sinister villain.
We still don’t know how the producers wish to incorporate the character into the story, but they’ve teased that it’ll be the “rematch of the century” between him and Obi-Wan. That being said, the show will take place 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, so there certainly isn’t a lot of wiggle room when you consider the way that Kenobi and Anakin left things off the last time they saw each other.
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While the reaction to this game-changing announcement has been overwhelmingly positive, there are still some who think that another clash between Obi-Wan and his former Padawan will diminish the impact of their final confrontation on the Death Star during the events of A New Hope. And here are just some of the things they’ve been saying online, as reported by The Independent:
“Very cautious about this because the only time they’re meant to meet again is on the Death Star. The impact of that showdown will be cheapened if they fight in between that,” one fan wrote.
“Anakin and Obi-Wan will have a rematch… doesn’t that screw up their dialogue in A New Hope?” asked another.
“If they do that, I’ll actually give them credit for it. I wouldn’t want them to f*** up their confrontational reunion in A New Hope.”
Of course, you can easily counter that argument when you consider the the show might be the only chance we get to see what happened between Episode III and Episode IV, or how the Jedi Master came to know about his best friend’s fate, given that he should’ve died on the lava banks of Mustafar. In any event, I guess most Star Wars enthusiasts are just glad to know that Christensen will be back.