The [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) release is growing ever closer, and the third trailer has finally dropped, revealing a plethora of new plot hints and sparking many a fan theory. As always, there are plenty of Star Wars 7 clues to dissect, and tons of hints you may have missed. One such hint is the most surprising of all: could Star Wars 7 herald Boba Fett's return?!
Boba Fett Spotted In The Trailer!
This is something only those sharp eyed fans could spot, but it turns out that Boba Fett might have featured in the trailer after all! If nothing else, this is surely an excuse to watch the trailer a second (or third, or fourth, or fiftieth) time so take a look and see if you can spot him.
Did you catch that? There's actually several clues to look out for, the first of which is just a Mandalorian symbol. The Mandalorians are a nomadic race, known for their mercenary tendencies, and they're the culture from which Boba Fett hails. Much of their history was explored in the Expanded Universe, but seeing as that's not canon any more, it's anyone's guess as to what the Mandalorians are up to in Star Wars 7. But they might just be getting a drink at Maz Kanata's castle...
See that white symbol on a flag in the centre? Many fans are theorising that this is the Mandalorian sigil. But that's just the first hint that Boba Fett will appear. Later on in the trailer, we catch a glimpse of Kylo Ren hanging out with some pals... and one of them certainly looks familiar!
This motley crew don't really have any sense of uniform, aside from the black clothing and helmets. And check out that guy to the far left... could this be Boba Fett? The helmet shape certainly seems to match, as does the square shoulders of his jacket. And the gun definitely bears a resemblance to Boba Fett's favoured weapon.
The evidence is hardly overwhelming, but it's not the only hint we've had that Boba Fett will return in Star Wars 7!
Aftermath Spills Secrets
If Disney have proved nothing else in the run up to The Force Awakens, it's that they really really know how to hype a film. We've been drip fed clues via merchandise, using dialogue from Star Wars 7 as well as little snippets of information to tantalise fans and feed speculation.
Disney have also published several comics that are officially canon, with plots that lead up to Star Wars 7. And of course, there's the book Star Wars: Aftermath, which set fans buzzing with plenty of plot hints. Not the least of this was the implication that Boba Fett didn't die in the Sarlacc Pit after all!
The idea that Boba Fett survived is hardly new: the Expanded Universe featured Boba Fett heavily, as he sought revenge on Han Solo once he escaped from the Sarlacc Pit. Fett's survival is due to his tough armour, and that's exactly what Aftermath uses to hint that the notorious bounty hunter is not as dead as we might think.
Boba Fett's armour turns up in the shell of a luxury sail barge (Jabba The Hutt's preferred mode of transport), as scavengers pick through the ruins....
From the box he withdraws a helmet. Pitted and pocked, as if with some kind of acid. But still - he raps his knuckles on it. The Mandalorians sure knew how to make their armor, didn't they?
"Look at this," he says, holding it up. "Mandalorian battle armor. Complete set, by the looks of it. Been through hell and back."
There you have it folks: if the armour survived so, probably, did Boba Fett. But is that really him in the trailer? It's possible, but this could also just be a shot of the Knights Of Ren (Kylo Ren's Dark Side cult). Fett certainly could have joined the Knights, but avid dedication to a spiritual cause (even a dark one) isn't really his style. Boba Fett is known for being a loner, and following his own personal codes and vendettas.
So will he appear in Star Wars 7? Maybe, and those Aftermath hints are certainly setting up some kind of return. But whether this will happen in The Force Awakens, or later films, remains to be seen.
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