When The Book of Boba Fett was released by Disney+, there were plenty of age-old questions that have been answered by the series, as fans were now ready to put behind some of the things they had been wondering for a long time. Still, this brought up some questions, especially when you consider how confusing the Disney acquisition of Star Wars has become to the entire canon. So, is The Book of Boba Fett Star Wars canon?
The Book of Boba Fett is part of the entire Star Wars canon and is part of the events that followed after the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi. That’s because, ever since Disney acquired Star Wars, all of the literature about the events after Episode VI are now called Legends and are no longer canon.
When it comes to understanding which is canon and which is not, the important thing to consider is whether or not it is Disney. That’s because the only things considered canon in the Star Wars universe are Episodes I to IX and all of the other literature released by Disney since it acquired Star Wars. Everything else is no longer part of the canon.
Is The Book of Boba Fett Star Wars Canon?
Ever since Boba Fett was introduced to fans during the first Star Wars trilogy, he has become one of the most popular characters in the entire Star Wars canon, as he looks badass and is strong enough to handle himself even when up against some of the stronger opponents in the Star Wars universe.
That said, following what seemed to be his death at the hands of the Sarlacc in Return of the Jedi, there has been literature written about Boba Fett and how he escaped what could have been the end of the legendary bounty hunter. There are even stories written about his life before the events of the first trilogy and the events that followed the fall of the Empire.
However, while there haven’t been plenty of details shown about Boba Fett in The Book of Boba Fett, what we do know is that the way he escaped the Sarlacc has been changed. As such, we can simply say that the Boba Fett written many years ago, right after the release of Return of the Jedi, might not be entirely consistent with the Boba Fett we have in the new Disney+ series. So, is The Book of Boba Fett Star Wars canon?
For the fans that read the books and other similar literature about Boba Fett before Disney acquired Star Wars, what you need to know is that those are probably no longer canon. The reason is that the new canon about Boba Fett is everything that’s going to be revealed about him in The Book of Boba Fett.
Why Do We Believe That The Book Of Boba Fett Is A Star Wars Canon?
Now that we have mentioned that The Book of Boba Fett is part of the Star Wars canon, let us now look at the reason why that is so.
First of all, the books and other literature written about Star Wars after Return of the Jedi were all before Disney acquired the rights to the Star Wars franchise. When Disney acquired Star Wars, the entire canon was rebooted upon the release of Episode VII. As such, the only Star Wars stories that are part of the new canon are Episodes I to VI.
Second, everything about Star Wars that Disney comes up with is canon. It doesn’t matter whether or not the events happened after Episode VI or way before Episode I. As long as the story that is written and created comes from Disney, that means that it forms part of the entire Star Wars canon.
Given the fact that The Book of Boba Fett was released by Disney through Disney+, this means that it is part of the entire Star Wars canon. But what does that mean for the books and other literature written about Boba Fett before the Disney acquisition?
Well, for starters, everything written about Star Wars before the Disney acquisition (except for Episodes I to VI) are all considered “Legends”. That means that Disney is not entirely calling these stories not part of the Star Wars universe. Instead, by calling them Legends, they are merely stories that do not form part of the new canon but are still very much stories about the Star Wars universe.
That means that the books and literature about Boba Fett before the Disney acquisition are all part of Legends. However, there is a chance that they may end up becoming canon if Disney were to adopt those stories and include them in The Book of Boba Fett or any other Disney-owned Star Wars literature.
How It Connects To The Mandalorian?
If you have seen The Mandalorian, you would see that this was the series where the canon version of Boba Fett was reintroduced to the new Star Wars canon owned by Disney. It happened when Boba Fett was on a mission to retrieve his armor from Din Djarin in one of the events in season 2 of The Mandalorian.
As such, the connection between The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett is focused on Boba’s armor and how he was able to re-acquire it after so many years after his apparent death at the hands of the Sarlacc in Episode VI. However, since we are still in the maiden voyage of The Book of Boba Fett, it is still up in the air as to how this series will connect to the next season of The Mandalorian.
How Does It Connect To The Rest Of The Star Wars Universe?
The Book of Boba Fett takes place right around the same time as The Mandalorian, which is about five years after the Empire fell in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Meanwhile, the series takes place more than two decades before Episode VII. This means that there is a loose connection between the rest of the Star Wars canon and The Book of Boba Fett.
Again, because we are yet to see how The Book of Boba Fett unfolds, it is too early to tell how it connects to the events of the Star Wars universe before Episode VII. However, what we can say is that most of the events that happened before Episode VII are seemingly intertwined, and that means that The Book of Boba Fett might be connected to the next Star Wars series that takes place right around the same time as it does or probably a few years after.