All The Questions That 'Star Wars: Episode 9' Absolutely Must Answer

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Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally hit theaters, and even though the movie lasts over two hours and is the longest Star Wars movie yet, it still leaves fans wanting more. So does The Last Jedi have a post-credits scene to squeeze a little bit more Jedi-action out of the movie? Sadly, it doesn't, which is true to Star Wars fashion. Not every movie can adopt the post-credits Marvel tradition, no matter how much fans might want it. While post-credits scenes are a fun way to hint at what audiences have to look forward to with the next movie in a series, Star Wars fans already have enough to process just with the ending of The Last Jedi as it is without any added previews.

Fans had made tons of speculations about what The Last Jedi would entail. Even before the latest Star Wars movie came out on Dec. 15, theories ranged from one positing that Luke is evil to many about what Snoke's true identity was. Even though so much happened in The Last Jedi, there are still so many questions that beg to be answered, from who Rey's parents actually are to how Episode IX will handle Leia, due to Carrie Fisher's death. There's so much left we just don't know about, but will undoubtedly find out during the next Star Wars installment.

The good news is that the saga continues, and people won't have to wait too long for the Episode IX to come out, which is the third and final movie of the so-called "next generation" trilogy. In September, Disney announced that J.J. Abrams will direct the next film, which is set to come out Dec. 20, 2019. Fans who have seen The Last Jedi probably already have a good idea of what they'd like to see with the next installment, and it ranges from more romance between Finn and Rose to Rey and Kylo exploring their intense connection in more detail.

One of the saddest parts about the upcoming Star Wars movie, the one after The Last Jedi, is that it will be the first one filmed after Carrie Fisher's death, however. While doing their publicity tour for The Last Jedi these last few months, Fisher's castmates have shared many memories of Fisher as she played General Leia Organa. Oscar Isaac, who portrays Poe Dameron in the franchise, said that The Last Jedi is "[a] beautiful tribute to Leia and everything she has really represented throughout… all of the films," in a recent interview with E! News.

It turns out that Fisher also played a major role in her final Star Wars film. Even though some had speculated that Fisher might appear in Episode IX as a CGI recreation of Princess Leia, Lucasfilm released a statement claiming that Fisher would not return as a digital version of her iconic character in the next Star Wars film. It's unclear how exactly she'll appear, considering that Leia is alive and well at the end of The Last Jedi, but the filmmakers will undoubtedly do a good job giving Fisher and Leia a worthy goodbye on-screen during this next movie.

Regardless of what happens in Episode IX, though, the existence of all the various other Star Wars spinoffs can give fans of the series reason to celebrate. The Han Solo origin story starring Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, and Woody Harrelson, is set to come out on May 25, 2018, and there'll be another standalone movie afte that. More and more Star Wars is on the way, and that's plenty of reason to rejoice.