Breaking down the new footage seen in the Vanity Fair trailer for The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian premieres this Tuesday when Disney+ launches, and I can’t wait!

Everything we’ve seen so far about the show looks awesome, and I’m super excited to finally be able to watch it. Recently, Vanity Fair’s Anthony Breznican wrote an article about a new character from the show – Ming-Na Wen’s Fennec Shand – which also contained a brief 30-second mini-trailer for the show, including some new footage.

There was of course some footage we’ve already seen before, so I won’t go over that here. But below I’ll break down the new shots contained in this teaser.

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There’s a shot of an R2 unit we haven’t seen before. There’s not a whole lot here to learn from it, but it’s a new shot.

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A door opens and the Mandalorian walks through. It looks like this is the same place we’ve seen in a lot of the trailers, where the Mandalorian fights a Quarren and winds up killing him by blasting the door closed. It looks like this is the same door, so this is probably the Mando’s entrance during that scene.

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A couple of aliens, most likely from the cantina we’ve seen in previous footage.

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This is our best look at Nick Nolte’s Ughnaught character, Kuiil. He seems to be an acquaintance of the Mandalorian’s, based on this and previously released footage, and he says, “I have never met a Mandalorian. I have only read the stories.” That suggests to me that he actually meets a Mandalorian for the first time in this show, and thus we’ll see Kuill and the Mando meeting. But that’s just me reading between the lines here. And hey, Kuiil is just like us, as we’ve only read the stories of Mandalorians too!

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This is that sequence mentioned earlier in which the Mandalorian fights a Quarren, and we get a brief new shot of the Mando slamming the Quarren’s head into a table.

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Here’s a shot of the Mandalorian riding a Dewback, which certainly gives more reason to wonder if we could be seeing Tatooine in this show. But I also was reminded of Boba Fett’s (original) introduction in the Star Wars Holiday Special:

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It’s not a Dewback, but considering the Mandalorian’s rifle is the same design as Boba Fett’s rifle in the Holiday Special, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was an intentional nod.

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Scout Troopers! We see two of them fly by on speeder bikes, including a good look at this one. These speeder bikes look just like the ones we saw the Scout Troopers using on Endor, which is pretty cool. And we’ve now seen Stormtroopers, Death Troopers, and Scout Troopers in this show, which means that these Imperial remnants certainly have a variety of trooper classes at their disposal.

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It’s IG-11, firing his twin blasters here in the desert. I’m guessing that this is just a different view of that one scene we’ve seen in pretty much all the footage so far, of him twirling and firing, as even though we don’t see anyone else in view here it looks like this is probably a part of that same awesome-looking sequence.

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This is a shot of the Razor Crest going into hyperspace, seen from inside the cockpit…

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… and from outside the cockpit.

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Two figures jump away as an explosion erupts from inside. We can see that the Mandalorian is definitely one of them, but who’s the other? Is it Cara Dune? Is it someone else? It’s pretty hard to tell, but they’re leaping away trying to get out of the danger of the explosion.

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A new cool-looking shot of the Mandalorian standing outside the Razor Crest.

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This is part of that same sequence we saw in the previous trailer, as the Mandalorian fights this rhinoceros-like creature in a mud pit. But this shot is a new one, as we see the Mandalorian use a flamethrower from his wrist on the charging creature. This is just like the flamethrower that Jango Fett and Boba Fett have, and it tells us even more about the Mando’s armor. We know that he has a jetpack (thanks to the previous trailer), and now we know that he has a flamethrower too. I’m sure we’ll get even more reveals of what his armor contains and can do as the show goes on.

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This is our first view of Ming-Na Wen’s character Fennec Shand, first revealed in the Vanity Fair article. According to the article, she’s an assassin who has committed murders for various top criminal syndicates. In our first look at her character, she is seen her saying, “Your name will be legendary.” She’s presumably talking to the Mandalorian here.

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And then the trailer ends with a new shot of the Mandalorian, this one an up-close look at his helmet.

 

 

 

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