Bounty hunter Boba Fett — played by the late Jeremy Bulloch in George Lucas’s original trilogy and now by Temuera Morrison in The Mandalorian saga — is one of the most iconic characters in the entire Star Wars franchise.
From his escape from the Sarlacc pit after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) to his epic return in the second season of The Mandalorian to his upcoming spinoff series The Book of Boba Fett, Jango Fett’s “son” has certainly left his mark on the Star Wars universe.
Recently, in the “War of the Bounty Hunters” comic series, some holes in Fett’s story between Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and ROTJ have been filled in.
Wookieepedia has shared Marvel Comics’ official description of the ongoing series, which has seen some wild events so far — including Fett very literally losing Han Solo’s carbonite encased body:
AT WAR FOR THE GREATEST PRIZE OF ALL: HAN SOLO! THE HUNT BEGINS! Nobody. Steals. From BOBA FETT! The notorious bounty hunter will not stop until he gets what’s rightfully his. For the thief, no corner of the galaxy is safe. Good thing for them that the REBEL ALLIANCE, THE EMPIRE and every bounty hunter in the galaxy is standing in Boba’s way. With a last-page reveal that will blow this Death Star–sized story wide open, Issue #1 is just the beginning. The biggest crossover in STAR WARS history will continue raging through the pages of the WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS event miniseries and tie-in to STAR WARS, DOCTOR APHRA, DARTH VADER and BOUNTY HUNTERS through October. Only one hunter will be left standing, and the STAR WARS galaxy will never be the same!
Recently, “War of the Bounty Hunters” introduced a new character, a female bounty hunter named Deva Lompop. StarWars.com shared details about the hard-to-miss character, who is seemingly inspired by all things punk rock:
…she sports a rainbow-feather mohawk and plated armor, which seems filled with surprises. And though Deva is new to Star Wars, it turns out she’s been around the galaxy for a while; since the High Republic era, in fact — centuries prior to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
In one issue — “Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters – Jabba the Hutt #1″ — of the Star Wars and Marvel Comics crossover event, Lompop and Fett square off — and she calls him by a very strange new name that has never been part of the Star Wars story previously.
As you can see, Lompop says, “What sharp teeth you have, pup.” And, while this odd nickname for the notorious bounty hunter could be chalked up to a one-off comment, ScreenRant pointed out that it’s far from a single instance:
…perhaps the oddest part of this newly minted nickname is that Deva isn’t even the only one using it. In fact, she somehow gets Boba to refer to himself as “pup” during their quick scuffle at the end of the issue, and more surprising, the slug lord himself, Jabba, also sneaks in a “pup” reference as he refers to Boba; something that is annoying for sure, but kind of funny coming from a tub of lard like Jabba.
While this new nickname for the highly efficient (and deadly) bounty hunter may seem like nothing more than a joke, it could actually signal that Lompop and Fett have history well before their “War of the Bounty Hunters” showdown. As ScreenRant noted:
…even though it’s unclear as to how many times Boba and Deva have met in the past, “pup” brings about insinuations that Boba is either brand new to this bounty hunter game (he’s not), is Jabba’s pet of some sort (also not), or simply that these two have a history together pre-War of the Bounty Hunters where “pup” is more of a callback name than anything.
At this time, there have been no rumors of Deva Lompop making her live-action Star Wars debut (but, how cool would she look waltzing into the Mos Eisley cantina?), but we can expect to see Morrison reprising his role as Fett in The Book of Boba Fett this December.
Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau has called the series “the next chapter” of The Mandalorian and reports abound that popular characters from Favreau and Dave Filoni’s main series — including leading man Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Marshal Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant) will return alongside Morrison’s Fett and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen).
There is even a chance that Star Wars fans will see Fett return before December, albeit in animated form. Filoni’s latest project, Star Wars: The Clone Wars spinoff series Star Wars: The Bad Batch recently reintroduced Fett’s mentor Cad Bane (Corey Burton), and seems to be barrelling toward a scrapped Clone Wars arc featuring a duel between the two characters.
What do you think? Will Fett’s odd new “pup” nickname make its way into an upcoming series?
For more on the recent controversy regarding Disney’s change of the name of Boba Fett’s ship from Slave I to “Boba Fett’s starship” click here.