The Star Wars fan community is a great one, filled with dedicated people who have made the franchise into the biggest pop-culture phenomenon in the world — but there has always been one part of the fanbase's opinion that never made a lick of sense to me: the popularity of the Mandalorian bounty hunter Boba Fett.
This character has become so popular that Disney is now trying to get a Boba Fett solo movie off the ground, in the same "Anthology" standalone vein of Rogue One and the forthcoming Han Solo origin story. Say what? Boba Fett Is A LAME Character!
Name One Cool Thing Boba Fett Did In The Original Trilogy
Ever since this character's first appearance in The Empire Strikes Back (or the dreaded Star Wars Holiday Special, if you managed to get through it), Boba Fett has been ranked as one of the franchise's best villains — and not just villains, but one of the best characters — appearing in many comics, fan films and even his own novels. Why? Why does everyone love this character so much? Let's review everything he does in the films that he appeared in, shall we?
In The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett stands around a Star Destroyer, follows the Millennium Falcon to Bespin, stands around Bespins, walks around Bespin, tells Imperials to put Captain Solo in the cargo hold, and then finally flies away.
Wow...impressive. Most impressive.
In Return Of the Jedi, Boba Fett yet again just stands around, points his blaster once, flirts with some alien women, stands around, stands around some more, says absolutely nothing, fails to tie up Luke, and is taken out — on accident — by a partially blind Han Solo, who simply love taps Boba Fett's jet packs.
All of these things add up to the conclusion that Boba Fett is one of the most useless characters in Star Wars, if not in the history of cinema altogether. With no character development, personality or even cool highlights, Boba Fett has bafflingly managed to rank among greats such as Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.
The question comes up once again: why? Why do so many people have such a fascination with such a useless character? How has he earned his own solo anthology film, while Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda haven't yet?
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Is It Just Because He Looks Cool?
Even I won't deny that Boba Fett has an incredibly unique and cool design with a memorable color scheme but...is that it? Because he has a cool helmet, he earns the designation of "iconic villain"? Once again, he has no personality at all.
Sure, the original idea for Return Of the Jedi had Boba Fett as the main villain, but nobody knew that when these movies came out — so maybe his popularity is due to something else.
The Expanded Universe Helped
A lot of Boba Fett's popularity came from his appearance in the many books of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, which featured him as either a villain or antihero. However, these stories are basically glorified fan fiction (don't get me wrong, they are awesome books) and aren't even technically canon anymore.
Jango Fett Was A Million Times Cooler Anyway
Let's take a look at the man whom Boba was cloned from: his father, Jango Fett, who actually did more to warrant a spot as an imposing villain in his minimal role in Attack of the Clones, providing some of the very, very few entertaining scenes in this trainwreck of a movie.
There was his fight with Obi-Wan on Kamino; he came close to killing Padme Amidala TWICE; he had more dialogue in one movie than his son did in two movies; and he provided an amazing star fight on Slave 1 against Obi-Wan in his Jedi Starfighter. If anyone deserves a solo/origin movie, it's Jango Fett! Hell, he got himself a starring role in a video game titled Star Wars: Bounty Hunter — it sucked, but his story was cool!
Now, Jango is nowhere near the level of Darth Vader, but at least he fought two Jedi before he bit the bullet — or lightsaber blade, in his case.
Can A Boba Fett Movie Fix The Problem?
Well, sure, it wouldn't be the first time that an unorthodox character(s) got a solo movie and it proved to work — Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Guardians Of the Galaxy and Rogue One being perfect recent examples.
However, the question isn't whether there could be a good Boba Fett movie, but rather should there be one? There are many other characters in the Star Wars universe who are more deserving: Yoda, Obi-Wan, Lando, TK-421 or even a friggin' womprat!
Should Boba Fett get his own movie?
Cue the John Williams score and screen wipe transition to credits because I am out of here! Let me know what you think in the comments below.