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There's no question that Chewbacca is our favorite Wookiee in Star Wars, but he's not the only fuzzball flying around out there. He's also not the only walking carpet to get involved in smuggling, bounty hunting, and crime, either. There is another.
Chapter 2 of The Book of Boba Fett brought in some new antagonists for Lord Fett (Temuera Morrison) and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) to deal with, and some muscle came along too. The muscle was covered in fur, and it will be familiar to fans who keep up with the Marvel Star Wars comics.
***WARNING: From this point forward, there are spoilers for Chapter 2 of The Book of Boba Fett. If you have not watched yet, then get outta here, Dewey!***
Who is that Wookiee? That's a great question, we'd love to tell you.
When some Hutt twins arrive to claim ownership of Jabba's territories, this black-furred guy comes in as support. If it seemed like Boba knew him, that's because he does.The Wookiee in question is named Black Krrsantan, and he first appeared in a canon comic from Marvel in 2015; Darth Vader #1. At the end of that issue, both he and Boba are being sent on separate missions by Vader. Black Krrsantan, sometimes called Black K, went on to have a good run in a variety of Marvel Star Wars titles, notably in the pages of Doctor Aphra, Bounty Hunters, Screaming Citadel, and more.
When Black K appears in on The Book of Boba Fett, Boba says, "You can bring as many gladiators as you wish, but these are not the death pits of Duur and I am not a sleeping Trandoshan guard." He refers to Black K as a gladiator because that's what this particular Wookiee was trained to be by the Xonti Brothers.
He was forced to flee Kashyyyk in disgrace, and had to make his living in fighting pits. He was successful, but eventually pivoted into bounty hunting. He worked for Jabba himself, and had an early encounter with the exiled Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine. He then became entangled with Doctor Aphra, and he worked with her (and sometimes against her) up through the Battle of Hoth.
Comics aside, he was also mentioned in the second volume of From a Certain Point of View. Normally we'd think that this is the farthest that a character created for the comics would go, even considering the fact that both the comics and the character are canon. We didn't expect to see him in live-action because that particular jump almost never happens, if it has ever happened at all. Imagine our surprise then when Black K leapt off of the printed page and onto our televisions.
This is a huge moment for several reasons. Obviously it is big for Black Krrsantan himself; his story will continue, and the costume/creature effects departments have outdone themselves bringing him to life. He looks perfect. His appearance here gives further importance to the comics as well; yes they are canon, and yes they do matter. You don't have to read them to enjoy this new show, but if you do read them, it's an added treat.
Aside from all of that, though? If Black K can make this jump, then other comic characters can too. A character like Beilert Valance has only ever appeared in comics, but him showing up isn't such an impossibility anymore. The current swath of Star Wars comics is full of characters that you can only find there, but there are tons of them that we'd love to see follow in Black K's path.
Doctor Aphra remains the character that we'd love to see follow him the most, if we're being honest, and wow! Chloe Bennet would be pretty good playing her, wouldn't she? If Black Krrsantan ever has a reunion with the not-so-good Doctor, we'd have expected it to be in a comic. After this? It could potentially happen on television, who knows.
Before that, though, Black K is going to have to settle accounts with his old pal Boba. They may fight it out a little, but we think Black Krrsantan would make a fine addition to Boba's team.
Welcome to live-action, Black Krrsantan! A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one.
The Book of Boba Fett streams on DIsney+ every Wednesday.