STAR WARS THEORY: We Already Know Jon Favreau’s Mandalorian Identity!

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The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” That’s the official synopsis for Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian. Favreau hasn’t revealed any substantive details about the series yet, but we may already know the title character’s Mandalorian identity.

Though Favreau’s $100 million project is a new entry into Star Wars canon, it may have its roots in a prior, written work. Marvel recently fired writer Chuck Wendig, granted. Nevertheless, Wendig and his Aftermath trilogy have played a large role in the new Star Wars canon. Plot points and characters (Snap Wexley) have already permeated into the live-action features. It’s possible another character has now, as well.

Did Chuck Wendig First Create Favreau’s Mandalorian Identity?

Like or hate Wendig’s writing style and his use of interludes, Screen Rant reminds us that it nevertheless gave us the character of Cobb Vanth. You could describe Vanth as a frontier lawman, one who just happens to don Mandalorian armor. Cobb Vanth tries to bring law and order to Freetown, a town found on the sandy, Outer Rim planet of Tatooine. Tatooine just happens to be one of the rumored “outer reaches of the galaxy” locations for the new series. It makes one wonder if Cobb Vanth is the character’s true Mandalorian identity.

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Did Cobb Vanth acquire Boba Fett’s armor? (Image: Eric Demeusy)

Sure this is all speculation, but it certainly fits. In the Aftermath series Vanth obtains a set of Mandalorian armor, implied to be that of Boba Fett, from a pack of Jawas. Yes, Vanth uses the armor to establish himself as a lawman. But let’s face it: frontier lawmen don’t always follow the law to the letter. In the books, Cobb Vanth also meets up with Malakili (discussed on this week’s Star Wars Fanatics), Jabba the Hutt’s former rancor keeper.

Is Malakili the Mandalorian? (Just kidding.)

Could Boba Fett appear in The Mandalorian?

If Cobb Vanth is indeed the show’s “Mandalorioan identity” it could open up a world of possibilities… including Boba Fett’s appearance in the series. There’s been no confirmation of Fett’s death. Conversely, the events of the Aftermath series could imply that Fett, though stripped of his trademark armor, could still be alive. Perhaps he’ll come looking for it with a vendetta against Vanth for stealing his Mandalorian identity.

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Boba Fett as seen in Star Wars: Battlefront. (Image: EA Games)

This theory certainly paints Kathleen Kennedy’s recent confirmation that the Boba Fett movie is 100% dead in a new light, doesn’t it?

The Mandalorian comes to Disney’s new streaming service sometime in 2019.

[PS – Mr. Favreau? There’s only so much play us Star Wars writers can get out of one photograph. (The ice cream maker and long gun don’t count.) Can we get some more? Please and thank you.]

Source: Screen Rant