A new piece of Star Wars fan art imagines an older version of Samuel L. Jackson’s Mace Windu, complete with a trophy taken from a fight against Boba Fett, in a hypothetical What If? series. While Boba would eventually grow to become one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy, he once swore vengeance against the Jedi Master for the death of his father, Jango Fett. Though a younger Boba would make an attempt on Windu’s life during the events of The Clone Wars animated series, he was ultimately robbed of his quest for revenge when Windu was supposedly killed by Chancellor Palpatine during 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. However, ever since the prequels concluded, many fans have posited that Jackson’s Jedi Master could have potentially survived the fall from Palpatine’s chambers.
Now a new piece of fan art from Tilian Creative imagines what an older Mace Windu would look like had he indeed survived. Most tellingly, the artwork also shows the Jedi Master wearing the Tusken gaffi stick that Boba Fett acquired during The Book of Boba Fett, hinting at a previous confrontation between the two.
Blind in one eye and bearing a cybernetic hand to replace the one cut off by Anakin Skywalker, Jackson’s Mace Windu still looks every inch the formidable opponent despite his scars and advanced years. An empty Clone Trooper helmet at his feet testifies to his continued skill with his trademark purple lightsaber.
Ever since it was first announced in 2012 that Disney was buying Lucasfilm with the intent of creating a slate of new live-action Star Wars content, fans have been crying out for the return of Jackson’s Mace Windu. A battle-hardened and immensely powerful Jedi Master, Windu presented audiences with a distinctly different look at how the Jedi order operated prior to the rise of the Galactic Empire. Before the release of 2015’s The Force Awakens, many fan theories and rumors even hinted at the character’s mysterious return at some point during the sequel trilogy. Some more outlandish theories even connected him with the origins of Supreme Leader Snoke.
While Windu would never actually appear during Disney’s new sequel trilogy, many are still eager to see the fan-favorite Jedi Master somehow make his return in live action. These hopes have been bolstered even further by Jackson’s own outspoken desire to reprise his role and return to the Star Wars universe. With Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s ever-expanding “Mandoverse” already bringing back characters like Ahsoka Tano and even Boba Fett himself, there’s no reason Jackson’s Mace Windu could not also be added to the list. Such a move could potentially even set up the long-anticipated confrontation between the infamous bounty hunter and the Jedi Master that killed his father.
Of course, the one drawback to reintroducing an older version of Mace Windu into the timeline of The Mandalorian would be explaining his absence during the events of the original trilogy. It would be hard to imagine Windu going into self-imposed exile during the years of the Empire’s reign, and surely the Jedi Master would have made his presence felt if he were still alive and able to fight against Palpatine’s forces. Either way, fans will undoubtedly be keen to see if Jackson ever gets his wish and manages to bring Mace Windu back into the live-action Star Wars universe.
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