When Marvel Studios' Jon Favreau made the jump from Marvel over to Disney's galaxy far, far away, certain elements of the MCU did as well, including the iconic Marvel tradition of post-credits scenes. While Season 1 of The Mandalorian failed to feature a post-credits stinger, Season 2 of the series stunned fans when the credits paused to reveal Boba Fett and Fennec Shand assuming Jabba the Hutt's throne, which was then followed by the announcement of The Book of Boba Fett.
Among the many hopes and theories about what The Book of Boba Fett's finale might hold was the expectation of yet another post-credits scene. While many predictions about the show's conclusion were wrong, thankfully, this wasn't one of them.
Warning: This article contains spoilers for the season finale of The Book of Boba Fett.
The stinger opened on Boba Fett's bacta tank and a quick view of Timothy Olyphant's Cobb Vanth inside, all before the mod-parlor artist from the season's fourth episode slowly turned and ignited a scalpel.
While many fans assumed Cobb Vanth survived his stand-off with Cad Bane, this post-credit scene not only confirmed it but also teases possible storylines to come involving the Marshal of Freetown.
Breaking Down Boba Fett's Post-Credits Reveal
Towards the end of Chapter 6 of The Book of Boba Fett, Din Djarin aka The Mandalorian visited Mos Pelgo (aka Freetown) to recruit Marshal Cobb Vanth and the townspeople to help Boba in the war against the Syndicate.
Cobb Vanth, who first appeared in Star Wars: Aftermath, made his live-action debut in Chapter 9 of The Mandalorian's sophomore season, where Mando helped Vanth kill a Krayt dragon in exchange for Vanth's armor, which actually belonged to Boba Fett.
The next time audiences saw Vanth was at the start of The Book of Boba Fett's penultimate episode, where he killed three Pykes and threatened another before Mando returned to his town requesting help.
However, after Mando had left, the bounty hunter Cad Bane arrived in Freetown, threatening its residents, killing Vanth's new deputy, and then shooting Vanth. While the Marshal's survival certainly wasn't a surprise, the presence of the mod-parlor artist certainly was.
Is Cobb Vanth Now a Mod?
The Book of Boba Fett introduced audiences to the Mods - a young, space-Vespa-riding street gang who have modified their bodies with machinery and cybernetics.
Then, in Chapter 4 of the series, one of Boba's bacta-induced flashbacks revealed more of this culture when Boba is shown bringing an injured Fennec Shand to a Tatooine mod-parlor. Here, the mod-parlor artist - played by musician Thundercat - replaces her injured mid-section with cybernetics and saves her life as a result.
Since the show's post-credits scene shows the mod-artist ready to work on Cobb Vanth, it's safe to assume that Vanth is about to become a mod himself.
It's worth noting that while Fennec was shot in the stomach, Cad Bane shot Vanth's right arm or shoulder, which was also his shooting arm. Since he is the Marshal of Freetown and a bit of a gunslinger, this would've been problematic even if he would've survived without this particular form of surgery.
But now, since his arm (and possibly more of his body) is being modified, he may become even more dangerous. After all, the mods love their modifications because of the advantages they provide.
The Return of the Marshal or Daimyo Cobb Vanth?
Is it really Star Wars if someone doesn't lose a limb?
Apparently, the answer is no. But, in addition to Vanth likely becoming better from it, Tatooine had also improved in the time he was unconscious.
Thanks to his own people of Freetown and Boba Fett's crew, Tatooine is currently free of the Pyke's spice-running syndicate under Boba Fett's benevolent rule. The question now is whether the townspeople will even need the Marshal once he's recovered?
Considering the role he played in The Book of Boba Fett and his connection to Mando, maybe Vanth and his new, mechanical arm will play Winter Soldier to Din Djarin's Captain America in Season 3 of The Mandalorian?
Some fans have also wondered if Lucasfilm might move forward with the Rangers of the New Republic Disney+ series with Olyphant as the lead as opposed to the original idea to have Gina Carano's Cara Dune headline the show.
Still, there's another possibility; Cobb Vanth could become the daimyo in place of Lord Fett.
At the end of the finale, when Boba and Fennec are walking through town, Boba appears uncomfortable with the attention he's receiving from Tatooine's residents. After accepting a gift of meiloorun fruit from a group of kids, Boba even admits aloud to Fennec that he believes they "are not suited for this."
Now that he's brought peace to the planet, perhaps Boba and Fennec won't be content to remain in Jabba's Palace and might give their position to a leader who's already beloved by his people. Vanth is, at the moment, already in the palace - maybe it will become his future home as well?
Since Boba Fett is expected to appear in Season 3 of The Mandalorian, Star Wars fans shouldn't have to wait long to see some sort of development in this area. In the meantime, it's safe to say that Star Wars fans haven't seen the last of Cobb Vanth, and Lucasfilm clearly has more in store for the Marshal of Mos Pelgo.
All episodes of The Book of Boba Fett are available to stream on Disney+.