Boba Fett’s Biggest Fan Site Apparently Believes ‘The Mandalorian’ Is Not Canon

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In the strangest Star Wars news you’ll see all day, a major Boba Fett fan website has claimed that the bounty hunter never escaped from the Sarlacc pit following the infamous incident with Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) in Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi (1983).

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Right off the bat, let’s address the elephant…er, Sarlacc…in the room. If Fett’s Mandalorian beskar armor didn’t allow him to escape from the Sarlacc pit, it would have been absolutely impossible for him to show up on Tython in the second season of The Mandalorian. But, he did, with Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) in tow, no less.

The duo ultimately played a major role in Season 2 of the Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni series. After the now-famous Razor Crest ship was destroyed, Fett offered up Slave I to help Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and his companions — including Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) and Cara Dune (Gina Carano) — track down Grogu after he was kidnapped by Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito).

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To reiterate — No Sarlacc pit escape means no Slave I on Tython which, in turn, means no epic Baby Yoda rescue (and maybe even no Luke Skywalker) on Gideon’s Imperial cruiser.

And, yet, according to The Boba Fett Fan Club — a verified Twitter account and major Boba Fett fan site — his escape from the Sarlacc’s jaws of doom is, in fact, not Star Wars canon.

It all started when a Twitter user going by the name Stig Kenobi posted:

From the official Star Wars Character Encyclopedia from 2011. It only focuses on characters from the movies. So Boba Fett’s EU escape from the Sarlaac is described in it. The EU wasn’t canon huh?

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In fast succession, The Boba Fett Fan Club responded with two posts. One read simply, “No, not canon at that time,” while the other included a video of Dave Filoni on the Star Wars show with the caption:

But of course it depends on whose definition of canon you believe: George Lucas or not George Lucas.

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As Bounding Into Comics pointed out:

Filoni states, “Having worked with George, I can tell you that it was always very clear, and he made it very clear that the films and the TV shows were the only thing that he considered canon. That was it.”

However, The 2006 Visual Dictionary would also show that Boba Fett survived the incident in the Sarlacc Pit. 

Twitter user TheSent62943446 wrote, “The 2006 Visual Dictionary even shows Boba Fett, inside the Sarlacc, and describing that section as “the site of Boba Fett’s eventual escape.”

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Stig Kenobi has now clapped back at the Boba Fett site on more than one occasion. He first posted:

I post more rock solid evidence of the EU being canon, and a Disney shill account immediately shows up to try and do damage control. Best of luck selling all that merch for Disney on your profile, by the way. I hope you get a slice of the cake.

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Another post read:

Adding to yesterdays tweet. Official Star Wars Character Encyclopedia from 2011. Focused on the movies. Yet…Jango Fett’s EU backstory is in it. (The one they ripped off for Din Djarin). EU wasn’t canon? Ohh…

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In the Star Wars movies, Jango, the template for the Clone Army of the Republic, appears as young Boba Fett’s father in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002).

The point Stig Kenobi is making is that there may, in fact, be significantly more crossover between Star Wars Legends and the current Star Wars canon than many Star Wars fans — and even Lucasfilm creatives — realize or acknowledge.

The Boba Fett Fan Club, on the other hand, seriously erred. As Bounding Into Comics noted, it’s pretty implausible to “claim you are die hard Boba Fett fans and you don’t even know the simple fact that Boba Fett survived the Sarlacc Pit.”

What’s next for Boba Fett?

Next up for Boba Fett (who very much did survive his fall into the Sarlacc pit) is The Book of Boba Fett, which Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau has confirmed will debut in December 2021. Temuera Morrison will once again put on Boba Fett’s armor to reprise his role as the iconic bounty hunter.

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Also on tap for The Mandalorian saga is the third season of the original series and two additional spinoffs — Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic.

During the 2020 Disney Investor Day event, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that both of these spinoffs will air concurrently with The Mandalorian Season 3. They will culminate in a live-action crossover event about which little is currently known.

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Reports indicate that two fan-favorite Legends characters, Grand Admiral Thrawn and Luke Skywalker’s wife, Mara Jade, may be making their live-action debuts in these series.

What do you think about the somewhat hilarious ongoing Star Wars canon debacle on Twitter? Are you looking forward to the future of the Star Wars universe on Disney+?

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