When news sank in that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story won’t feature the franchise’s iconic opening crawl last week, a lot of fans weren’t happy.
The distinctive, rolling story-so-far captions have been a hallmark of every Star Wars film, from 1977’s A New Hope to last year’s The Force Awakens.
But the franchise’s producer and head of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, recently explained that because Rogue One is conceived as a World War II-style adventure, the opening crawl would not feel appropriate.
“We felt that’s so indicative of those saga films,” she said. “Initially we probably will begin the film in a way that is traditional, with just the title.”
This didn’t wash with hardcore Star Wars fans though. “WTF but it’s still Star Wars – no I’m not happy,” one Twitter user ranted.
Another wrote: “Very upset about Rogue One not having an opening crawl. Is it even Star Wars then?”
Others posted a series of funny GIFs expressing their disapproval including one of Luke screaming “Nooooooooo!” when he finds out Darth Vader is his father in The Empire Strikes Back.
But fear not: the internet provides. We know that Rogue One concerns the period in which the Empire are building the Death Star under the leadership of Darth Vader, and a small group of rebels are plotting to steal the plans so they can work out how to defeat it. Fans know this too, and one of them handily made this. Enjoy.
Took inspiration from the death star construction reveal scene in the latest Rogue One Trailer, figured it would be the perfect transition for the opening crawl. Reach me on twitter @superdeanio
Watch the official second trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in which Jyn Erso leads a group of unlikely heroes to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrives in theaters December 16, 2016.