Throwback Thursday: Remembering ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ 35 years later

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Welcome to the inaugural edition of Hero Complex’s new Throwback Thursday series. In this series, Hero Complex will guide you through the rich history of science fiction, fantasy, horror and comic book entertainment.

With the Star Wars Celebration fan expo underway at the Anaheim Convention Center, it’s only fitting that this week’s Throwback Thursday honors one of the films in George Lucas’ groundbreaking “Star Wars” trilogy — “The Empire Strikes Back,” which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.

The film, which was later renamed “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back,” was met with fan anticipation and critical acclaim when it opened in theaters May 21, 1980.

In his review, Times film critic Charles Champlin had nothing but praise for the film, calling it “richly imaginative, engrossing and spectacular.”

As the followup to 1977’s “Star Wars,” which was the highest-grossing film of its time, “Empire’s” success was…

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