There's nearly an art to naming a Star Wars movie: It has thematic resonance, can give you an idea of what to expect, and the best ones work on multiple levels or refer to more than one aspect of the film. The whole Episode element didn't become a big deal until the prequels, which wanted to make it clear to general audiences that these movies were taking place before the original Star Wars trllogy. As a new TikTok video that's gone viral observes, the subtitles are basically so generic they could apply to nearly any movie in the franchise.
Not only did Episode IX manage to earn more than Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with a worldwide total gross of $1.33 billion, but it also received warm and welcome reviews from critics who praise the film for honoring the Star Wars saga's rich legacy with an emotion-rich narrative. For instance, Attack of Clones was swapped from Episode II to Episode III, as the threequel shows Order 66 saw the Clones turning on their Jedi allies. There have been several filmmakers tied to those new motion pictures, which have been positioned to steer a brand late period of Star Wars storytelling on the large display.
A grumpy Star Wars fan (is there any other kind???) might argue that some of this is all by design thanks to the circular nature of the Star Wars franchise.
"That was just an experience that, obviously you can imagine, it can get to the point of being traumatic when there's something that you care about that much and you've invested that much in it", said Trevorrow. Or the titles are bad.