‘The Mandalorian’: Have We Really Seen the Last of Taika Waititi?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Taika Waititi on the red carpet

When a fan of The Mandalorian asks in the event that they’ll see extra of Taika Waititi, what they’re actually asking is, “Will we see more of IG-11?” The reply to that query might be no, since IG-11’s destiny appeared fairly definitive. 

That stated, it’s not unlikely that we’ll see Waititi behind the digital camera once more. After all, he’s part of the Disney household, having not solely revitalized Thor, however having additionally directed Jojo Rabbit to nice acclaim, and that was additionally launched by a Disney firm — Fox Searchlight. 

Taika Waititi on the red carpet
Taika Waititi | Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

What occurred to IG-11?

Spoilers lie forward for the final episodes of The Mandalorian, so come again later for those who haven’t already seen these. 

Even earlier than the ever-present Baby Yoda confirmed his face, the fan favourite was the battle droid IG-11, for 2 causes. First, IG-11 is much like one other robotic known as IG-88 that followers keep in mind being among the many bounty hunters that have been after Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back.

The Mandalorian hates droids, however discovered himself working fairly handily alongside IG-11 … till the droid was going to observe his directive to kill Baby Yoda. The Mandalorian shot him.

Fans figured that was the top of him, though he popped up later. Although he had been reprogrammed to be sort of a nursemaid to Baby Yoda, The Mandalorian nonetheless didn’t belief him — till IG-11 proved himself to be fairly a succesful protector.

Ultimately, the droid self-destructed to maintain the stormtroopers that have been on our heroes’ tail. 

Waititi not solely supplied IG-11’s voice but additionally directed the ultimate episode, the place he dared to point out speeder bike troopers punching Baby Yoda within the head. That took a warped humorousness, one thing that Waititi positively has.

It wasn’t humorous that Baby Yoda was being punched within the head (what was humorous was realizing that these stormtroopers have been going to get it) and it was poetic justice that it was Waititi’s character that delivered that justice. 

Could IG-11 return?

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Fans nonetheless surprise if IG-11 might come again in some way, and it’s not that unreasonable a query. First, anybody who has seen any of the Terminator motion pictures is aware of it’s doable to reconstruct a droid even after it’s been blown up. And even when IG-11 himself doesn’t come again, it wouldn’t pressure credibility for a unique IG droid to take its place.

Screen Rant factors out that Waititi might return as one other character. When he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to advertise Jojo Rabbit, he talked about that the character he voices, Korg, could be again in Thor: Love and Thunder, and even Waititi appeared shocked on the enthusiastic reception that bit of stories obtained. 

So if a minor character like Korg can encourage such devotion, then a extra distinguished character like IG-11 can certainly return in some type with out the viewers having to droop an excessive amount of disbelief. 

Taika Waititi is a busy man

Waititi is a lot in demand it’s not simply Disney that’s taking over all his time. He’s additionally set to play a job in The Suicide Squad, James Gunn’s sequel to the DC villains film that’s due out on 2021.

Thor: Love and Thunder, which Waititi is writing and directing, is due out in November of that 12 months. The DC/Marvel crossover continues, with the brand new announcement that former Batman Christian Bale is becoming a member of that film.

While he’s juggling all that, Waititi remains to be out on the awards circuit, having fun with popularity of Jojo Rabbit, the anti-hate satire wherein Waititi performs Adolf Hitler because the imaginary friend of a younger boy within the Hitler Youth.

Waititi simply scored a shock nomination by the Directors Guild of America, ramping up hypothesis that an Oscar nomination will observe.

Not many administrators might get away with punching Baby Yoda and making Hitler comical in the identical 12 months, and that sort of chutzpah all however ensures Waititi will return to the world of Star Wars, both behind the digital camera or behind the microphone. 

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