The oldest debate in Star Wars history might not have anything to do with Han shooting Greedo under that table. Instead, it’s all about whether or not Boba Fett survived being eaten by the Sarlacc Pit in Return of the Jedi. For years, fans and writers of Star Wars comic books and novel have maintained that Boba Fett wasn’t eaten at all. But, will that become canon? Some fans believe there’s serious evidence to prove Fett is still at large during the time of The Last Jedi.
On Sunday, a Reddit user pointed out that a few leaked images for upcoming 2018 Star Wars toys clearly depict Boba Fett flying out of the Sarlacc Pit, apparently shooting his flame-thrower at it. While the leaked images don’t prove anything, and may not end up being “real” official Star Wars products at all, it is an interesting choice. Why show Boba Fett flying around the Tatooine desert at all, much less next to the Sarlacc Pit unless he’s making some kind of comeback post-Return of the Jedi?
Again, Boba Fett truthers have existed way before Lucasfilm even dreamed of creating a new unified canon for Star Wars. In 1991, the comic book series Dark Empire made it clear that Fett didn’t die on Tatooine at all, and was still a formidable Bounty Hunter six years after the Battle of Endor. In that timeline, Fett was hunting Han and Leia for the murder of Jabba the Hutt. Subsequent to that, the rest of the expanded universe novels and comics continued to operate under the assumption that Fett was alive. Obviously, Dark Empire and all the other ‘90s expanded universe stuff has been swept away in terms of new canon, but that doesn’t mean some version of Fett’s escape from the Sarlacc couldn’t still happen.
The latest canon story to feature Boba Fett is called “Added Muscle,” which appears in the new anthology Star Wars book; A Certain Point of View. In the audiobook version, Fett is voiced by none other than Jon Hamm, which couldindicate Disney is setting up Hamm to voice Fett in that rumored Boba Fett standalone movie.
The question is, would such hypothetical Jon Hamm-as-Boba-Fett standalone movie take place after Return of the Jedi or after? Because if Boba Fett is alive during the time of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, he’d be about the age Han Solo was. Which means, Snoke might hire him to do some dirty work related to Luke Skywalker.
The Last Jedi opens on December 15, 2017. As of this writing, a standalone Boba Fett movie has not been confirmed by Lucasfilm.