The Star Wars universe has no shortage of superweapons, but there's new evidence that a particular weapon featured in Legends is actually canon.
The Star Wars universe has no shortage of superweapons, but there's new evidence that a particular weapon featured in Legends is actually canon. The Omega Frost superweapon linked to the Galactic Empire was first introduced in 1979 through what was then known as the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Recently released canon material, however, supports the notion that the Omega Frost was always more than just a rumor.
Throughout the Star Wars film series, the villains wreaking havoc amongst the galaxy were traditionally focused on building weapons of mass destruction. First, there was the Death Star and the Empire's initiative in raising fear by using the planet-destroying weapon to obliterate Alderaan. After the destruction of the superweapon by the Rebel Alliance, the Empire constructed a second Death Star that was larger and stronger than the original. The First Order had its own planet-killer superweapons with the creation of Starkiller Base. Aside from the plant-killers, there were ships like the Super Star Destroyer, Executor, which inspired the First Order's Finalizer design.
The Empire was also rumored to have created a slew of other mega weapons like the Mass Shadow Generator, the Torpedo Sphere, and of course, the Omega Frost. Described as an interstellar freeze ray, the unnamed superweapon was once briefly rumored to be an Imperial piece of propaganda in canon. In Legends, the superweapon was designed by Doctor Silas Tagge and used by the Empire in an attempt to destroy the Alliance Fleet in an arc featured in the Marvel Star Wars comics. The Omega Frost would flash-freeze any object that contained moisture that passed through two-conductor towers. The objects, whether it was metal or a human being would become frozen and shatter. Luke Skywalker caught wind of Tagge's testing of the Omega Frost on Tatooine and assisted in destroying it before it could target the Alliance Fleet. Decades after the Legends' appearance, the Omega Frost's creation might finally be confirmed through The Star Wars Book, a franchise guide hitting bookshelves in October 2020.
The Star Wars Book Suggests The Omega Frost Exists In Canon
The book, written by Star Wars experts, Cole Horton, Pablo Hidalgo, and Dan Zehr, examines all aspects of the franchise while providing essays, infographics, and close look stills. At one point in the book, the authors hint at the existence of certain superweapons by stating,"rumors persist of any number of terrible inventions throughout time, from interstellar freeze rays to chemical weapons that turn organics into stone." The interstellar freeze ray is undoubtedly a reference to the Omega Frost, suggesting its presence, or at least the rumor of its existence, is alive and well.
If the Omega Frost is made Star Wars canon, future stories could incorporate the weapon into the narrative. Following the Empire's failure when it came to the Omega Frost in Legends, new tales could go that direction by giving using the device as the inspiration behind something bigger and more dangerous with the same freeze ray power. The rumors of the ray's abilities support the notion that the technology already exists so hopefully, Star Wars fans will see it firsthand in the near future.