Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens, but when did it go to sleep?

Official title branded 'lazy' by fans

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Star Wars 7 has revealed that its official title will be The Force Awakens, and the internet is pretty underwhelmed.

The slogan might not be hugely important and Return of the Jedi  wasn't exactly lyrical, but it is the latest in a string of pretty lazy, clichéd blockbuster sequel titles, along with Batman v Superman's Dawn of Justice.

The jokes inevitably rolled in, with one Reddit user musing that the rest of the trilogy might be titled: "Star Wars VIII: The Force hits the Snooze button, Star Wars IX: The Force is late for work", while many on Twitter noted that they didn't realise the force was asleep.

'Awakens' doesn't really possess a lot of meaning, and the force could just as easily have been 'unleashed' really.

Others were amused by the title's erotic connotations, with Garett Press tweeting: "Somewhere, the guy who's responsible for coming up with clever pay-per-view porno titles just did the mother of all fist pumps #starwars".

It's now up to message boards to try and analyse what the title might mean for the plot; blank as it is this will probably be a hard task, though if nothing else the dropping of the 'VII' suggests Abrams is trying to distance the the trilogy from the bemoaned I, II and III prequels.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has wrapped filming and will be released on 18 December, 2015.