Why The Mandalorian and Grogu should not be a film

The Mandalorian has been arguably the most popular Star Wars property in the past decade. However, while the titular character and Grogu are immensely popular, they should not be headlining their own film.
THE MANDALORIAN (Season 4) – Concept Art courtesy of Lucasfilm Ltd. ©2024 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.
THE MANDALORIAN (Season 4) – Concept Art courtesy of Lucasfilm Ltd. ©2024 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved. /

The Mandalorian has been one of the most successful Star Wars properties for Disney, with the show spanning three sequels and many spinoffs including The Book of Boba Fett and Ahsoka. The recent announcement of a film starring the pair of Din Djarin and Grogu will mark the first time the characters will appear on the big screen, which is sure to excite many fans of the series.

However, while the pair hitting the big screen is exciting, it is a surprising move. A fourth season of The Mandalorian apparently has scripts completed and would be the logical next step for the characters. The ending of season three seemed to set up a return to a bounty hunter-focused story, with Grogu learning the ropes from his adoptive father.

A storyline like that would seem to fit better as a series, with the individual episodes being able to put a heavy focus on the character development as they take on different adventures. Each episode can feel like its own individual bounty/adventure while developing both the Mandalorian and Grogu, as we have seen in the past.

While the pair could certainly headline their own film, it would warrant a single story and plotline to hold a feature-length film. The pair work better in shorter adventures that build upon an overarching story. Having the pair focus on one big adventure could take away from the fun of seeing the pair go across the galaxy and take on a different mission in each episode.

The characters of Grogu and the Mandalorian are undeniably popular and a movie would sell well; however, there are also other characters and parts of the galaxy that the Star Wars universe could explore through film. A movie about a pair of characters that have seen a ton of screentime recently takes away from other characters and stories that would be worthy of adaptation.

A film focusing on a time before the prequels (such as the proposed first Jedi film), a film exploring after the events of The Rise of Skywalker, or some of the characters in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope would be more desirable film adaptations.

The scale of the Mandalorian and Grogu's adventures could also prove to be too small for a feature film, based on where the season three finale finished for the pair of characters, unless they get involved with the wider world of characters once more. A proposed Heir to the Empire film featuring all the characters such as Ahsoka, the Mandalorian, Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, Bo Katan, and others would be a better fit and the scale of the event would deserve a feature-length adaptation.

The Mandalorian and Grogu have both captured the hearts of audiences since their first appearances, so having a fourth season of the series instead of a movie makes more sense. While the pair should certainly appear in feature-length adventures, that should be saved for a big event worthy of the adaptation such as a team up to stop the rise of the Empire.

For now, Mando and Grogu should stick to their small screen misadventures, as they both grow together with more screentime to develop Grogu as a foundling and the Mandalorian as a father.

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