This past Saturday, the legendary Ming-Na Wen and Giancarlo Esposito attend Los Angeles Comic Con to answer some questions about the hit Disney+ show The Mandalorian. Since the ol’ Mouse House is crazy strict about their NDA’s and keeping their secrets, not too much was hinted at for the upcoming third season, but those in attendance got a few pieces of information as well as some fun banter between the two actors.
When asked about Moff Gideon’s encounter with Luke Skywalker, Giancarlo was pretty tightlipped about the aftermath. “[When filming] I wasn’t allowed to know who was coming to stop me.” Esposito recalled. “All I was told was that some threat was coming to stop me and that I would lose control.” He explained that encountering Skywalker was a little terrifying for the Moff since he’s so used to being in full control of those around him due to his strength and power. So for someone like Luke to come in and take him into custody is a real reality check for the villainous Gideon. While he can’t say what will become of his character in season three of The Mandalorian, he did add that “Don’t think that he’s lost just yet. Afterall, you have something I want.” What could this mean for the future of the show? Will we see Moff Gideon rematch with Luke? How will this fit in with Mando’s travels to Mandalore? A while back Giancarlo did mention a script for a fourth season, so maybe his character will slowly make his return for a future season.
One of the first questions asked to the two panelists garnered much debate. Moderator Stephen Kramer Glickman started off the panel by asking Giancarlo this: Who’s walking out alive, Gustavo Fring, Moff Gideon, or Antón Castillo (the antagonist of Ubisoft’s Far Cry 6). After a moment, Esposito figured that Moff Gideon would certainly win, but Gustavo Fring would certainly do everything he could to outwit his opponents and grab control of the room as quickly as possible. Seems that Dictator Castillo didn’t stand a chance! The question was then passed over to Ming-Na Wen. “Who would win in a fight? Mulan or Fennec Shand?” Glickman inquired. The crowd exploded into a frenzy asking “What about Agent Melinda May?” “I can’t believe you didn’t include Agent May into this fight!” Ming-Na fired back. Without hesitation Ming Na Wen decided that Agent May would be walking away from that fight no problem.
As a die hard fan of Marvel’s Agents of Shield, I was very happy to see so much love and support for the character. It gives me hope that Kevin Feige will make the right decision and bring Coulson, May, Quake and the rest of the gang into the bigger MCU.
Stephen Glickman then asked if Fennec and Mulan were to obtain lightsabers, what color would they be. “Fennec would have an orange lightsaber, and Mulan would have something like lavender.” the bounty hunter actress replied. “What color would Gus have?” Glickman turned to Giancarlo. “I think he would have a blue lightsaber, but the glow around the edges would be a crystalized look, like the blue crystal meth.” replied the meth dealing kingpin actor. The fans certainly got a kick out of that idea. To add on to his idea, I’d like to think that Gus would have a blue lightsaber to hide the fact that he’s much more sinister than just the owner of fried chicken fast food chain.
Ming-Na Wen was asked about her rare accomplishment of completing the Disney Trifecta. Wen talked about she had auditioned for the role of Mulan as well as the role of Agent Melinda “The Calvary” May. But to complete the trifecta she needed a role in Star Wars. In season one of The Mandalorian, Ming-Na made her debut as the new original bounty hunter Fennec Shand. “[Fennec] was a gift from Jon Favreau.” Wen said. She expressed her appreciation to Favreau (another person who claims the Disney Trifecta title) and how much Fennec means to her.
Even when I was just a young kid I had always been fascinated in film and the work that goes into them. I love animation, blockbuster hits, indie films and everything in between. Some day I’ll have the privilege of being apart of the filmmaking process.