A gameplay clip from Disney Infinity 3.0 possibly reveals a spoiler regarding the origins and backstory of the character Rey from J.J. Abrams’ film The Force Awakens.
WARNING! SPOILERS FROM STAR WARS EPISODE 7 FOLLOW, SO BE ADVISED!
A couple of days ago, the Internet lost its collective cool for the umpteenth time after a half-hour-long playthrough for Disney Infinity 3.0‘s Star Wars Episode 7 Play Set seemingly revealed a spoiler about the film character Rey’s parentage. During a boss battle with the game’s watered-down version of Kylo Ren, the Sith Lord says what sounds like, “Face me, cousin!”, when in actuality he says, “Face me!” followed by, “Curses!” after being hit.
Should Episode 7‘s main villain have actually claimed to have been related to Rey in Disney Infinity 3.0, it would have confirmed the popular fan theory that the young orphan from Jakku was Luke Skywalker’s estranged daughter, which might have been construed as an intimation of what’s to come in Episode 8. Then, of course, it would have meant that Kylo Ren – birth name Ben Solo, son of Han and Leia – would have indeed been cousins with her, as he’s Luke Skywalker’s nephew.
The bit of dialogue was initially highlighted by the YouTuber Angry Joe Vargas as being a slip-up on behalf of the game’s developer Avalanche Software. Nevertheless, after reviewing the footage a second time, the Internet personality recognized the line for what it actually was and apologized. Later, for the simple sake of clarity, Pablo Hidalgo, Lucasfilm Story Group’s creative executive, replied to squash the controversy once and for all with his own tweet on the matter.
Go to 20:31 in the video, then go to 25:16. He says it again slightly different more clearly. https://t.co/bvhT1Z5XwV I got fooled. My bad.— Joe Vargas (@AngryJoeShow) December 24, 2015
For the uninitiated, the release of Disney Infinity‘s Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens figures coincided with the day J.J. Abrams’ film opened in theaters, which would have definitely spoiled movie-goers experience if the now-debunked line revealed Kylo Ren and Rey as being kin. However, even though developers had broad access to the theatrical release’s narrative points in order to make the characters work seamlessly into the overall game, such a gaffe would probably not have even been recorded by voice actors yet since Episode 8 is still being written.
What’s more likely is that with Vargas’ reliance on online followers and viewership to sustain his role as a notable Internet figure, he forced the connection between Kylo Ren and Rey — whether consciously or unconsciously — in order to stir up a discussion, which would invariably have his name attached, thus projecting his persona into the spotlight even more so. Though that’s simply conjecture, such an occurrence would make sense, since the guy’s closer to YouTube’s Pewdiepie than Edward R. Murrow.
At any rate, even if it was revealed in Disney Infinity that Kylo Ren and Rey were cousins, would it really matter? While not exactly a major plot point — and not the greatest example — The Force Awakens‘ materials had been revealed in Star Wars Battlefront‘s Battle of Jakku DLC showing the planet’s setting before Episode 7 came out, and practically no one complained, even though it showed off some properties from the movie preceding its release. The point is that Star Wars is so entrenched in our culture that people are still going to see the films regardless of what they know about the plots prior to watching them.
We can all agree that spoilers aren’t all that fun. But perhaps our obsession with shielding ourselves from them is even worse. No matter if information involving the narrative thread of a book, film, or video game makes its way into discussions online or in real life, the fact of the matter is that the quality of the story’s construction is its own reward. That said, if a plot is solely reliant on an unexpected twist like the theory of Kylo Ren and Rey being related, then it’s safe to say the overall arc won’t stand the test of time.
Thankfully, though, the Star Wars franchise is rich with lore worthy of exploration. Taking that into consideration, it’s safe to assume a lot of the most interesting tales from the universe, as well as some of the best Star Wars games are yet to come.
Disney Infinity 3.0 and its Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens Play Set is available now for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, as well as Android and iOS devices.