We’d love to see Baby Yoda on the big screen, but do we need a Mandalorian movie?

The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+. Image courtesy Disney+
The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+. Image courtesy Disney+ /

Although the thought of Baby Yoda on the big screen is tempting, do we really need a Mandalorian movie?

Star Wars has so many movies under its belt, spanning several decades, but the majority of those narratives center on the same characters from the original films — or, at the very least, relate to them in some way. And although The Mandalorian may inevitably intertwine with the Skywalker Saga at some point — they are all living in the same galaxy, after all — the Disney+ series has been a breath of fresh air for fans hoping for a spin on the franchise that’s more original than what we’ve gotten on the big screen recently.

Sure, The Mandalorian recycles much of the Star Wars humor and dialogue we’ve all come to recognize and love, but as a story it stands well on its own. Mando and Baby Yoda make compelling characters to follow, and this Western spin on the galaxy has proved a fruitful endeavor for Lucasfilm — so much so that it’s looking more and more like the series will unravel into its own expansive universe.

With a stacked cast of characters and plenty to explore in this bounty-hunting underbelly of the galaxy, it’s to be expected that The Mandalorian will turn out some new miniseries and spin-offs. But apparently, it may even go beyond that — these characters could even find themselves on the big screen somewhere down the line.

Nothing’s official, but speaking with Variety, executive producer Jon Favreau teased that a film isn’t out of the question.

“The line is blurring now,” Favreau said. “Things that you would have only seen in the movie theater, you’re seeing on streaming, and I think it could go the other way as well.”

Of course, there’s no reason to get too excited over Favreau’s comments; he did emphasize that he’s not rushing to bring a Mandalorian movie to life, but that the team does “have that flexibility — because there’s no rulebook now.”

It’s a fair point, especially since we’ve mostly seen franchises take the opposite approach, creating series based on movies. Still, one has to wonder if we really need The Mandalorian to come to the big screen, especially since it works so well as a longer-form narrative. Sometimes, it really is better to live by the adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but we’ll try to keep an open mind here.

So, could The Mandalorian work on the big screen?

Could The Mandalorian Work as a Movie?

The answer to this question is really just that it depends. Turning Mando’s story into a feature film seems like a questionable choice, one that could very well take away from what makes the show so great in the first place. The ability to draw out storylines and character arcs has served The Mandalorian well — and if we’re being completely honest, the last few Star Wars movies could have used a bit more time to flesh out their characters and story arcs, many of which were left with unsatisfying endings when the credits for The Rise of Skywalker rolled.

For that reason, we wouldn’t really want to see a Mandalorian film that directly ties into the story being told in the Disney+ series… but a spin-off movie could work given the right creatives behind the project. Any of the series’ supporting characters would make for interesting protagonists in a feature film. (Somebody just give us that Cara Dune movie, please.)

With season two approaching, it’s also possible The Mandalorian will change our minds. Right now, there’s nothing so huge happening that it needs to be brought to the silver screen — but Moff Gideon could grow enough as a villain to warrant some sort of movie spent trying to defeat him. (Who are we kidding? We just want more Giancarlo Esposito.)

We’ll have to see where season two takes this story when it arrives on October 30 before making a final judgment, but for now, we’ll end with this: We definitely don’t need a Mandalorian movie… but one might be fun if the franchise addresses the issues with its previous films and gets the right people onboard.

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What do you think of Lucasfilm turning The Mandalorian into a film? Yay or nay? Share your thoughts in the comments below!