‘The Mandalorian’ Features ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’ Easter Egg

Now this is podracing!

While fans were focused on the return of Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian season 2, the premiere featured a surprising Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Easter egg.

WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE MANDALORIAN SEASON 2.

If the first episode of The Mandalorian season 2 is anything to go by, there’s going to be plenty more references to the films that came before the Disney Plus series. After Din Djarin meets Cobb Vanth on Tatooine (who has an interesting connection to another legendary Star Wars character) the two go off on a journey to kill a Krayt Dragon. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly close to the small mining town of Mos Pelgo – so Vanth and Djarin speed across the desert to find it.

But while everyone’s favorite bounty hunter was using a small speeder bike, Timothy Olyphant’s Cobb Vanth seemed to be using an engine built by Anakin Skywalker for the Boonta Eve Podrace in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. If it isn’t the same engine, then it’s remarkably similar in its design, either way it’s an obvious Easter egg to the first prequel film. It seems likely when other characters begin to show up, we’ll see even more references to the wider Star Wars universe. Take a look at The Phantom Menace Easter egg in the images below.

Did you spot The Phantom Menace Easter egg? What did you think of The Mandalorian season 2 premiere? Sound-off in the comments below!

The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, and Carl Weathers with Rosario Dawson rumored to be playing Ahsoka Tano and Timothy Olyphant cast in a currently undisclosed role. The upcoming series is set to be directed by series creator Jon Favreau, executive producer Dave Filoni, alongside fellow season one directors Rick Famuyiwa and Bryce Dallas Howard. Ant-Man director Peyton Reed will also helm at least one episode as will star Carl Weathers and Sin City director Robert Rodriguez.

The Mandalorian season two is set to debut on October 30th on Disney Plus. Stay tuned for all the latest news on Star Wars and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Eammon Jacobs

Eammon Jacobs

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