Darth Vader had visions of his fight with Obi-Wan on Mustafar, but in his fantasy, he killed the Jedi Master in gruesome fashion.
One of the most epic, tragic moments in the entire Star Wars franchise is Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s battle on the volcanic planet of Mustafar. The tense battle between former Jedi allies ultimately helped lead to the rise of Darth Vader after Kenobi maimed him, and left him for dead. However, Vader has fantasized about the battle going much differently.
In Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, the Sith activates Order 66, a secret order that forced Clone Troopers to turn against the Jedi. The order resulted in the near extinction of the Jedi, with the newly anointed Darth Vader even going so far as to kill younglings to ensure the plan was fully carried out. Ultimately, Vader and Obi-Wan find themselves on Mustafar, where they fight in an epic lightsaber duel. Despite Kenobi’s pleas to reconsider, Vader refuses, forcing the Jedi to cut off his legs and arms, while leaving him burning in the fiery lava of the planet. Emperor Palpatine would save Vader before he died and the badly maimed Sith would get the iconic armor that would help keep him alive.
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In Star: Wars Darth Vader #13 by Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Daniele Orlandini, David Curiel, and VC’s Joe Caramagna, the comic opens with a vision during Vader’s meditation that revisits Mustafar. Like in the original battle, Obi-Wan tells Vader, “it’s over Anakin. I have the high ground!” However, this time, Darth Vader is fully suited up in his armor and tells Kenobi, “you underestimate my power.” That’s when Vader uses the Force to grab Kenobi and throw him against the planet’s fiery pits.
The roles reverse, as Kenobi gets engulfed in flames, but before that, he still gives Vader a passionate speech about he was the “chosen one,” and was meant to “destroy the Sith, not join them,” just like he did in Revenge of the Sith. As he tells Anakin that he was his “brother” and that he “loved him,” the fire overtakes him and kills him. Vader is left standing over Kenobi’s burned corpse. He then awakens from his meditation.
Vader’s vision during his meditation hint at how he ultimately wished the battle on Mustafar played out. It’s a terrifying fantasy that shows the “what if” scenario if Vader was fully formed against Kenobi. With Hayden Christensen reprising his role in the Ewan McGregor-starring Obi-Wan Kenobi television series on Disney+, this vision would be a perfect moment to adapt on the small screen. It shows how Darth Vader, even years after the fight, still fantasizes about that faithful day where he gave into darkness and was nearly killed by his former friend. It’s a truly epic moment from a great run of comics.
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