After months of on-set reports, wild rumors, tweeted photos and cryptic interviews, Disney and J.J. Abrams have finally unleashed the very first teaser trailer for "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens."

Even after watching it 500 times (watch it again at the top of the page), fans still have questions about what they saw in the same way they did in for 1977's 'Star Wars" and 1999's "The Phantom Menace." 

With that in mind, it's time to turn back the clock to re-visit the ever-evolving teasers released in advance of all six films, to compare them to the new "Episode VII" teaser. It's a list a billion of years in the making. 

"Star Wars" (1977)
It's hard to imagine a time before "Star Wars," when 20th Century Fox had to figure out how to sell George Lucas' space odyssey to the public, but they did something right. Sure, the narrator gets it wrong when he says, "Somewhere in space, this may all be happening right now," which is pretty much the opposite of "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." And yes, the music is much more down beat that John Williams' famously buoyant score. And it's certainly strange to think of George Lucas as merely "The Man Who Brought You 'American Graffiti'" (an excellent film, by the way). However, right out of the gate, it's easy to see why moviegoers queued up around the block to see this new kind of film spectacle, as the largely enigmatic clip revels in myth making, while showing off the film's high-tech action, special effect spectacles, exotic creatures, and more.

"The Empire Strikes Back" (1980)
Three years later, there was such a thing as a "Star Wars" fan, one who waited with bated breath for the sequel, which had a lot to live up to after "Star Wars" broke box office records. The "ESB" teaser was obviously rushed into production in order to satiate said fans' desire for more, and doesn't even feature any moving footage from the film. Instead, Ralph McQuarrie's vibrant concept art is given the spotlight, while set photos remind us who's who, and also introduce newcomer Lando Calrissian. It's more of a pitch reel than a teaser.

Watch the "Return of the Jedi" and "Phantom Menace" teasers on the next page

Dave Lewis has been a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer and editor for nearly ten years. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, he moved to L.A. in 1996 to attend USC, before working for various periodicals and web sites including a lengthy stint at He joined the HitFix staff in 2011.