There are obviously a lot of aliens that show up in Star Wars movies - that's kinda the whole point. But one species in particular raised some eyebrows when they popped up in the corner of the screen in Episode I, and those are the fellows of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Why does E.T. appear in The Phantom Menace, though? Well, it's an interesting story that starts with Steven Spielberg.
Beyond that lies an even more pertinent question: is E.T. in the Star Wars universe? That question is a bit more complicated, but the short answer is almost certainly yes. While The Phantom Menace was far from the greatest installment in the series (it actually wasn't all bad), it did give us this unique and fun cameo that has opened up a whole universe of questions.
Let's take a look at what E.T. was doing in The Phantom Menace and what his place in the broader Star Wars universe looks like.
Three E.T.s, Or "Asogians," Are Seen In The Galactic SenatePhoto: LucasFilm
The Lead Asogian Is Named Grebleips, Or Spielberg Spelled BackwardPhoto: LucasFilm
Grepliebs Apparently Ordered E.T. To Earth
There Was An Homage To Star Wars In E.T. First
The Asogians Are From A Planet Called Brodo AsogiPhoto: James Luceno / Amazon
The Asogians Are Referred To Again In A Star Wars NovellaPhoto: Abel G. Pena / Goodreads