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New Dragon Ball Super: Broly trailer retcons the origins of Goku, Vegeta and Broly

So much for bratty, teen Prince Vegeta, servant of Frieza

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Yesterday at New York Comic Con, a new trailer dropped for Dragon Ball Super: Broly, the series’ latest feature-length film, coming to Japanese theaters later this year. While previous trailers have shown off the battles yet to come between the three warrior Saiyans — Goku, Vegeta and Broly — this new one delves into the origins of their entire race, as well as the Saiyan’s ultimate destruction.

However, the trailer suggests that Broly will be retconning the Saiyan backgrounds as originally depicted in Dragon Ball Z and beyond. For instance, we see both baby Vegeta and baby Goku, both of whom are sleeping in mysterious test tubes at the same time. We later see a slightly older Vegeta, who’s around the same age as young Goku in Dragon Ball. Subtitles also directly state that all three Saiyans were born around the same time.

This directly conflicts with a story Vegeta tells in Dragon Ball Z’s Frieza saga, where he’s depicted as a teenager doing evil lord Frieza’s bidding in order to protect his father, King Vegeta. King Vegeta and the rest of the Saiyans will presumably be dead before Vegeta ever reaches his teen years, based on the trailer.

At one point in the trailer, as his father Bardock is saying goodbye to him, Goku appears quite a bit older than in the original Dragon Ball, when he’s found on Earth by the man he calls Grandpa Gohan. This suggests that, while Vegeta is a bit younger than he’s been shown before, Goku has been aged up, so now they meet somewhere in the middle.

It’s currently unclear what any of these retcons mean for the series canon, or if they’ll play out differently in the full movie. Fans can see for themselves when Dragon Ball Super: Broly premieres in Japan on Dec. 14, 2018, and Jan. 19, 2019, in the United States and Canada.

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