Thought when you were turning on The Book of Boba Fett you were watching a Star Wars show? Surprise! Even the galaxy far, far away can’t escape the gravitational pull of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)… Or at least the comics that spawned the MCU. And in Episode 2 of the series, we briefly met a character straight out of Marvel’s Star Wars comics: Black Krrsantan, a Wookiee bounty hunter more dangerous than Chewbacca — not to mention the star of the show himself, Boba Fett.
First introduced in 2015’s Star Wars #15, written by Jason Aaron with art by Mike Mayhew, Black Krrsantan instantly gained a devoted cult following for obvious reasons. He’s a Wookiee, first of all, and the hairy, angry Star Wars race has always been a fan favorite. But more than that, his black fur, scarred eye, spiked pauldron armor, and just his whole look made Black Krrsantan instantly iconic.
Since then, he’s had dozens of appearances in Marvel’s Star Wars comics, working for Jabba the Hutt as a bounty hunter, tussling with Obi-Wan Kenobi during his first few years hiding out on Tatooine, and even kidnapping Luke Skywalker’s uncle, Owen Lars. Later, he worked for none other than Darth Vader, before teaming up with another comic fan-favorite character who has yet to make a live-action appearance: Doctor Aphra.
More on that in a second, but in case you missed his appearance on The Book of Boba Fett Episode 2 (and how could you? He’s pretty imposing), Black Krrsantan showed up in the retinue of The Twins, two Hutts looking to lay claim to the criminal empire left by Jabba the Hutt after he died in Return of the Jedi. In the brief scene in Mos Espa, The Twins bring out Black Krrsantan to intimidate Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), but it doesn’t work… The former bounty hunter stands strong against the party-loving Twins, and they — for the moment — back down, promising to pick up with him and challenge his own claim on Jabba’s empire as some later time.
The bulk of the episode is spent on a Star Wars infused Dances with Wolves riff, but the scene with the Twins, and Black Krrsantan, is easily the most interesting thing in the episode. It also certainly tees up a potentially killer fight between Boba and the Wookiee, or potentially Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) and Black Krrsantan. Either way, should be pretty cool.
The most interesting potential tease here, though, is the idea that some of Black Krrsantan’s Marvel Comics compatriots might make their way into live action, as well. This isn’t the first time characters from other Star Wars media have popped up on the Disney+ shows, most notably Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant) on The Mandalorian Season 2, who was first introduced in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath series of novels. But Black Krrsantan and the crew he very tentatively interacted with are so, very, very cool. They include evil, murderous versions of C-3P0 and R2-D2 named 0-0-0 (aka Triple Zero) and BT-1; and Doctor Aphra, sort of an Indiana Jones type character with almost no moral compass.
In terms of timeline, it’s possible they could show up, based on this Black Krrsantan appearance… The Star Wars comics where Black Krrsantan has appeared mostly take place in the period between 0 ABY (After Battle of Yavin, aka the climactic fight in 1977’s Star Wars) and 4 ABY, and Book of Boba Fett takes place around 9 ABY. But also, Black Krrsantan never really liked any of them, and they all tried to kill each other multiple times — so it’s not like he would call his “friends” to help with their potential Fett problem. More likely, this is just a fun introduction of a character with a killer look into live action; and given Black Krrsantan previously worked for Jabba, it makes sense he would transfer over to working for The Twins.
At the very least, given Boba dismissively refers to Black Krrsantan as a “gladiator,” it’s clear he’s underestimating how dangerous Black Krrsantan really is… Something he’ll surely discover in upcoming episodes.
The Book of Boba Fett streams Wednesdays on Disney+.
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