New Canon and it`s view on Jango Fett as a Mandalorian
 
In advance sorry for this little rant but I was checking starwars.com’s list of upcoming comics and somehow got so frustrated. So I need to say this:

one of my biggest issues with the new canon is that EU materials get deleted to make room for the sequel trilogy and animated Rebels, to give creators the needed space for creativity. What is an understable solution and reboots happen all the time in the popular, long-lived fictional universums, Star Wars is no exception to that. But you see, all the big talk about creativity and promises of the all new, never seen, exciting stories awaiting fans irks so much when the Legends!characters are re-used all the time, sometimes in a contradictory to the original source way.

I mean, yeah, the starwars.com and exclusive creators of the New Canon made it clear that they will use already existing rich content of the EU here

In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe. While the universe that readers knew is changing, it is not being discarded. Creators of new Star Wars entertainment have full access to the rich content of the Expanded Universe. For example, elements of the EU are included in Star Wars Rebels. The Inquisitor, the Imperial Security Bureau, and Sienar Fleet Systems are story elements in the new animated series, and all these ideas find their origins in roleplaying game material published in the 1980s. (X)


or there



which was to be expected and makes sense to some degree, especially with world-building (the material and spiritual aspect of in-universe daily life, military structures, flora and fauna, etc) but there is something frustrating how there is



Thrawn, an alien (Chiss) imperial officer & brilliant strategist.

or



Domina Tagge, a younger sister of Cassio Tagge and/or a member of the prominent Tagge family (who owned Tagge Company)

or



Beilert Valance, a former stormtroopers who due to serious injury was rebuild as cyborg and became bounty hunter

and hey, though he died in Obsession, it seems that even Durge is back



who was and is still a bounty hunter.

There are the top characters that come to my mind as the re-used Legends elements with either expanded or retconned backstories and yet with the same basics like ties to certain family (Domina), profession (Durge, Valance) or role (Thrawn). All of those characters came strictly from the EU and despite reusing, New Canon respected them enough to let them still have their characteristic details, right?

And this is so frustrating that Disney’s star wars comics is bringing those characters back yet with premeditation erase Jango Fett’s status of Mandalorian basing it on one(!) remark of Almec, the corrupt politician. Who, in all fairness had a valid reason to disown the (in-universe) problematic person because this is the way politics work. And yeah, the movie outright didn’t call Jango Fett the Mandalorian but it didn’t say he couldn’t be either. But here is the thing: him being or not being Mandalorian does not change that Jango was a bounty hunter first and foremost so what is the point of such persistence to erase this little detail that does not contradicting anything important in regard to TCW or other official sources?

So we can have in New Canon characters outright taken from Legends, with their proper status and ranks or whatever but we can’t have Jango Fett as Mandalorian Bounty Hunter in comics? I don’t get that. It is frustrating even more since The Mandalorian brought Boba Fett - and with him, Jango? - back to the roots, as the iconic characters on which the lore about modern Mandalorians was build. What is going on?


Hashhana



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