You knew that when the Star Wars teaser trailer that the net would explode with comments, parodies, theories, and more. As it turns out, as this story was being finalized, a whopping forty million people have seen it in less than 72 hours.
YouTube views have become a new barometer for a movie’s buzz, and it’s no surprise that Star Wars got 58.2 million views since its debut on November 28, beating out Avengers: Age of Ultron, which according to the Hollywood Reporter got 50.6 million views in the first five days, and Fifty Shades of Grey, which got 36.4 million views in the first four days.
Among the parodies that hit the net are a Lego version of the trailer, as well as a goof where the trailer was redone as if George Lucas directed it. Net parodies are also a given in today’s day and age, and any Star Wars fan knows about Hardware Wars, which played in theaters as a short subject in the late seventies. (It’s also Lucas’s favorite Star Wars parody.)
By and large, fans are very giddy with geek excitement over the Star Wars trailer, and there’s definitely a lot of hope that Star Wars can be resurrected. We’re certainly keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll be blown away next year when The Force Awakens opens on December 18, 2015.