Keeping secrets about upcoming films may be incredibly hard these days, but it was a lot easier pre-Internet. Nowadays, every person out there can pontificate about EVERY TOPIC IMAGINABLE. Therefore, we have a lot of speculation about everything, movies included.

But even before the world wide web existed, movie fans started rumors about upcoming films. Horror films, big budget franchises, no one was safe!

Let’s take a look at 10 wild rumors about movies that ran rampant over the past 40 years.

1. The Han/Vader fusion in The Empire Strikes Back

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WAY before the Internet got involved, Star Wars fans speculated about rumors, theories, and what was coming next in the film franchise. Before The Empire Strikes Back was released in 1980, rumors swirled that Han Solo and Darth Vader would engage in an epic lightsaber battle and their “life forces” would be fused.

This would cause Luke Skywalker to have a major dilemma. If he killed Darth Vader, would he also kill his best buddy Han? This obviously never happened, but the rumor about Han dying persisted for many years, possibly because the plot point about him getting frozen in carbonite was leaked to the public and took on a life of its own.