The runaway Disney+ success The Mandalorian will soon get a Disney Parks presence according to Lucasfilm Senior Vice President of Licensing, Paul Southern (via intheknow).
There hasn’t been an official statement from Disney yet, but Southern says that guests will be able to meet The Mandalorian in theme parks “in the very near future”.
“So, the reality is that we feel it’s really important for our guests at the parks to be able to meet all of our key characters on a first-hand, personal basis,” Southern told In The Know. “And so it’s something we’re working on. We think it’s appropriate, and I think it’s something the guests at the parks can look forward to in the very near future.”
Of course, where The Mandalorian will interact with guests remains to be seen, but an inclusion of the character in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge might require some concessions from Imagineering about the timeline of the land itself.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge remains firmly in the timeframe between The Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker. The period of time that elapsed between the two movies is about one year. According to The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary, the mission that guests go on in Rise of the Resistance takes place about a half year after the Battle of Crait at the end of The Last Jedi. Taking that knowledge, we can place the timeline of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at about 6 months after the Battle of Crait in The Last Jedi.
Diving into the timeline of The Mandalorian, we know that Jon Favreau has placed the series at 5 years after the events that take place in Return of the Jedi.
Taking into account the timeline of his life and flashbacks in The Mandalorian TV series, The Mandalorian is estimated to be about 35-40 years old. Given that Batuu is set about 24 years after The Mandalorian Disney+ series takes place, we’d be getting a 60+ year old Mandalorian meet and greet, a greatest hits Mandalorian, if you will. Of course, if he shows up in Batuu, that means that he survived quite a lot in the Star Wars universe between the events in the Disney+ series all the way through to the timeline of Batuu. Not impossible, but perhaps somewhat unlikely given his line of business.
Of course, eagle-eyed Star Wars fans have noticed an interesting display at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. It looks like the alien collector may have something in his collection that would suggest the end of the The Mandalorian…one way or another. Seen in our photo below above Dok-Ondar is what appears to be The Mandalorian’s helmet and gun. Did Dok-Ondar obtain these items after a battle didn’t end favorably for the bounty hunter, or has Mando retired? Of course, it’s possible that this is simple a coincidence and these items, while striking an uncanny resemblance to Mando, might not come from the Disney+ star.
It’s worth noting that even the possibility of The Mandalorian meeting guests in the theme parks might not happen, despite the unequivocal comments from a Lucasfilm exec.
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