The anticipation for [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) has only been fueled by the release of several comic series, toys, and books in the run up to the film's premiere. Aftermath is the latest book to be released. Set just after Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return Of The Jedi, the book explores the consequences of the war as the scattered remains of the Empire desperately attempt to regroup. In this chaotic time, many artifacts change hands, among them Darth Vader's lightsaber, and a mysterious set of armour that most readers will recognise...
Boba Fett's Survival
Ok, let's backtrack for a second. Isn't Boba Fett supposed to be dead? Well, maybe. After plunging into the Sarlacc Pit in Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi (and pretty awkwardly, I might add), most fans assumed that was it for the notorious bounty hunter.
Boba Fett proved such a popular character that he was featured in the prequel trilogy too, when it was revealed that he's actually the son of the man who provided his genetic material for the Clone Army... and by son I mean adopted clone. This was an interesting development, and one which some writers have chosen to ignore in their subsequent portrayals of Boba Fett in the Expanded Universe (or Legends, as Disney would have it).
Could Boba Fett survive the dreadful conditions of the Sarlacc Pit? It's certainly possible. After all, the creature's digestion process is so slow that you'd probably die of starvation before the Sarlacc killed you. And with Boba Fett's armour and jet packs, it's completely possible that he managed to escape the creature's clutches. It's sci fi! If you didn't see a character die, they're probably not dead (and sometimes even when you DID see a character die they'll continue to have plenty of adventures).
This is certainly the direction that the EU writers decided to go in, as Boba Fett has returned to plague Han Solo many times in the comics and books...
In fact Pablo Hidalgo, a writer in the Star Wars Story Group (who are responsible for brainstorming plenty of story ideas for Disney to roll out over the next decade or so) had this to say about Boba Fett...
"Boba Fett is both simultaneously alive and dead in the Sarlacc Pit until a story pulls him out."
Schrodinger's Fett indeed. So it seems that the writers' room are considering Boba Fett a possibility for future Star Wars stories... but could he appear in Star Wars 7?
Aftermath Drops Hints
The place: Tatoine. Two strangers clamber into an abandoned Jawa Sandcrawler, full of enough scrap to fulfill any scavenger's wildest dreams. Among this treasure trove they find the shell of a luxury sail barge (just like Jabba the Hutt's)... and a set of Mandalorian armour.
The Mandalorians are a warlike nomadic culture, incorporating peoples of many species. Many of them are bounty hunters, like Boba Fett, and his storyline in the EU develops the Mandalorian history and society. So that's one link between Boba Fett and this mysterious armour found in the Sandcrawler in Aftermath. But there are more hints yet to come...
"The armour is pitted and picked, as if some with some kind of acid.... Been through hell and back..."
Acid? Hell and back? That sure sounds like the Sarlacc Pit to me! Alas, this is all Aftermath has for us in terms of Boba Fett, as the narrative then moves back to the story. So what about Fett's return in upcoming films?
Solo's Nemesis Returns
Aftermath's revelations open plenty of possibilities for Star Wars 7. There were also hints about the origins of the Knights of Ren, and the book fills in plenty of blanks about the consequences of the war and the Empire's decisions. All of this leads up to the situation in Star Wars 7 - Aftermath is clearly building a story that will feed into the new film. But Star Wars 7 isn't the only film coming out soon. We've also got the anthology movies - Star Wars: Rogue One, and Han Solo's origin film.
As Rogue One is set between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope, it's unlikely Boba Fett will feature in this one. But it's extremely likely that he'll pop up in Han Solo's film, as the original trilogy made it clear that Han Solo and Boba Fett have been rivals for a long time. Lando Calrissian and Chewie are also rumoured to appear, which again makes sense.
But what about Star Wars 7, I hear you cry. Well, it's possible that Aftermath is building up to Boba Fett having a role in the main films: his return would please many fans, and the writers could add in some backstory and flesh out Fett's relationship with Han Solo in the anthology movie.
If you just can't wait to find out, check out this awesome fan made trailer that teases a Boba Fett solo film!
So what do you think: is Aftermath hinting at Fett's return, or is this just a red herring? Tell us in the comments, or write your own post!
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