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Here's why Solo's Donald Glover thinks that Kylo Ren is a better Star Wars villain than Darth Vader

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May 26, 2018

The Star Wars universe has no shortage of great villains: Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, Boba Fett, Jabba the Hutt, Orson Krennic, and Kylo Ren. But with the current trilogy in full swing, there's a debate on whether the First Order's Ren (Adam Driver) is a more compelling antagonist than his Imperial grandfather, Vader.

It's natural to feel that Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones in the OT) is just too iconic to beat, but there is a case to be made for Ren's nuanced characterization and the simple fact that he murdered his own father, Han Solo (Harrison Ford). On the other hand, some feel that Ren is just too moody and whiny to be taken seriously, underscored by the "Emo Kylo Ren" Twitter account, which was created shortly after the release of The Force Awakens

**SPOILER WARNING: From this point on, there will be MINOR SPOILERS for Solo: A Star Wars Story. If you have not seen the film and do not want to be spoiled, turn your ship around.**

As Donald Glover joins the Star Wars mythos this weekend in Solo: A Star Wars Story as a young Lando Calrissian, he was able to offer up his own feelings on this debate, explaining why he prefers Ren to Vader.

"Kylo Ren's really funny," Glover said in a Noisey Q&A (below) when asked who he liked the best out of Ren, Vader, and Darth Maul. While he really digs Maul's fighting style and double lightsaber, Kylo's the clear winner. 

"I just think he has an interesting sense of humor. He's intense, I get his story. So I kind of have to go with Kylo Ren."

Glover knows a thing or two about being funny, as he's been a stand-up comic for years and shone as Troy Barnes on Dan Harmon's Community. He also currently stars in his own comedy series, Atlanta, which he created with his brother for FX. 

Glover may be considered a provocateur for his comments on such a "controversial" topic, but he's loved this franchise since he was very young, which means his opinion is one of experience, love, and thought over many years. Moreover, the 34-year-old actor/rapper added that he prefers Lando's droid co-pilot L3-37 (voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge) to the other well-known mechanical characters from the galaxy far, far away, like R2-D2 and C-3PO.

"She has a way better take on life," he said. "She's kind of a revolutionary, and she's self-made, which I feel like is a very millennial trait."

Unlike R2's (mostly) docile nature and 3PO's constant anxiety, L3 is more of a renegade, constantly pushing for droids' equal rights. Sadly, it proves to be her undoing, because she's mortally wounded after freeing her brothers and sisters during the Kessel Run.

"She's like the Joan of Arc or the Tupac of robots," said Glover. 

He was also asked which Jedi he preferred out of Yoda, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Yoda was the answer because "he's so old and weird and he can lift an entire ship with the Force ... I just think he's cooler."

Solo: A Star Wars Story is now playing in theaters everywhere, while Kylo Ren will return in Episode IX on December 20, 2019.

Last we saw of him, he'd murdered Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and attempted to bring Rey (Daisy Ridley) to his side, but she refused. Not only did he fail to destroy the Jedi during a fight with his uncle Luke (Mark Hamill), but his anger also allowed the Resistance to escape the clutches of the First Order. 

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