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Marvel Reveals: Is Emperor Palpatine The Real Father Of Anakin Skywalker?

Who is Anakin Skywalker's Real Father? According to his mother, Shmi, there never was, and Qui-Gon Jinn suspected that midi-chlorians were responsible for creating the chosen one. Starwars-Fans again put forward the theory that Darth Plagueis - the master of Darth Sidious - breathed life into the Jedi who would one day become Darth Vader.

The latest Marvel comic Darth Vader # 25 but now confirms someone other than Anakin Skywalker's father: Sheev Palpatine. The Emperor of the Galactic Empire must have learned this skill from his former master Darth Plagueis.

Did Darth Plagueis teach his student too much?

In Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith reports Chancellor Palpatine Anakin Skywalker from the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise: A Sith legend according to which Plagueis was able to manipulate Midi-Chlorians and use it to create life - or prevent others from dying.

So Palpatine lured the young Skywalker to the dark side of power, as the future Lord Vader was plagued by visions in which his great love Padmé Amidala met his death. As Sith are, Sidious never confirmed to Vader that he actually learned this skill from Plagueis - the assumption would be obvious, however.

How Darth Vader tries to revive Padmé Amidala

In Darth Vader # 25 the Emperor's student opens the realm of the dead with the help of the ancient Sith Momin. Still driven by his love for Padmé Amidala, he wants to bring her back into the world of the living. As Vader now wanders through the realm of the dead, his entire life is recapitulated - and even his future is revealed to him.

Events from the prequels, the sequels, the new trilogy, The Clone Wars, Rebels and the new canon comics combined: We see how a young Anakin is disgusted with sand, he fights by the side and against his Padawan Ahsoka and Kylo Ren talks about letting the past die. Vader's journey ends when a Jedi with a blue lightsaber apparently kills him, but drives the darkness out of him much more: Luke Skywalker.

Incidentally, Darth Vader fails to bring Padmé back from the dead: He finds her, but she doesn't find him. According to the former Queen of Naboo, Anakin Skywalker is already dead - she does not recognize Darth Vader as the man she once loved and plunges into the depths.

How Palpatine became the father of Anakin Skywalker

Perhaps the most important revelation in Darth Vader # 25: We see the pregnant Shmi Skywalker, while Darth Sidious lurks behind her in secret. What this comic panel implies is clear: Sheev Palpatine is the father of Anakin Skywalker.

In case this is not clear enough for you: At the same time, Anakin's mother will be out Episode 1: The Phantom Menace quoted as "There was never a father", suggesting that Anakin's unnatural birth was not right. The Chosen One was created through the manipulation of Midi-Chlorians - just not Darth Plagueis, but from his student Darth Sidious.

Palpatine may not be a father in the classic sense, since he and Shmi may never have met. He is not only responsible for the birth of the Sith Darth Vader, but also that of the Jedi Anakin Skywalker.

The most important information about Star Wars & Darth Vader

Darth Vader # 23 is since November 14, 2018 available from Marvel Comics. In the following articles you will find the most important information about the Lord of the Sith:


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