The first full trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dropped today, unveiling a ton of new details about the first anthology series in a planned series of Star Wars films. We saw SO MUCH new information, but we missed one crucial bit of information. First, watch the trailer again:
Do you know who we thought we were going to see, but didn’t? Darth Vader. For various reasons, it’s believed that Lord Vader is going to be a major factor in Rogue One. As we know, this story takes place in the time frame between Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, when Anakin Skywalker transitioned into Darth Vader, and A New Hope… when Vader was an intergalactic badass. One of the reasons why Star Wars would go back in "time" (so to speak) and tell older stories would be to revisit iconic characters like Vader, Yoda, Obi-wan, and so on. But Vader is absent from this first look. Why? We have a few guesses.

They’re Saving Vader For Later
We have the rest of the year to go before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story makes it into theaters, as it opens on December 16. That means there will be plenty more trailers to come, likely during massive fan events like San Diego Comic-Con, or in front of Disney movies like Doctor Strange. Saving Darth Vader makes sense, because you don’t need him today to get fan anticipation up for Rogue One. Even casual fans who don’t know a bit about Rogue One can get excited about the existence of a new Star Wars movie, and recognize the iconic bits (like the Death Star, and new Stormtroopers). Vader would have been a welcome sight, but Disney marketing doesn’t need him… yet.

There’s another obvious reason why Darth Vader was kept out of this trailer. Read on.

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