12 Things Patton Oswalt Correctly Predicted About 'Star Wars' And The MCU

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Patton Oswalt is known for many talents - actor, comedian, writer, director, author. Perhaps “soothsayer” should be added to the list, because Oswalt has also demonstrated an impressive ability to predict the future - especially in the guise of Parks and Recreation character Garth Blundin, and especially as it pertains to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars franchise.

An episode titled “Article Two,” first aired in 2013, tasked Oswalt with an improvised municipal filibuster and gave him precious few directions beyond that. Inspired by Disney’s then-recent acquisition of both Lucasfilm and existing ownership of Marvel Studios, Oswalt launched into an epic one-take eight-minute pitch for the then-just-announced J.J. Abrams Star Wars sequel trilogy off the top of his head, one that wildly crossed over into the MCU - and then well beyond that. The clip was edited down for broadcast, but was then released as a DVD extra in all its glory.

As amazing as the performance was on its own, amid all that rambling, Oswalt also accidentally stumbled into at least a dozen highly accurate predictions about several of the highest-grossing films of the years to come, including some oddly specific plot points. Either that, or he’s some sort of time-traveler. At this point, it's a toss-up.

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    Exactly How Boba Fett Would Escape From The Sarlacc, Shot-For-Shot

    Pan down from the twin suns of Tatooine. We are now close on the mouth of the Sarlacc pit, after a beat, the gloved Mandalorian armor gauntlet of Boba Fett grabs onto the sand outside the Sarlacc pit, and the feared bounty hunter pulls himself from the maw of the sand-beast.

    Patton Oswalt predicting that the Star Wars franchise would revive Boba Fett in its newly constructed canon is not overly impressive, as the Mandalorian bounty hunter had already made several post-Sarlacc appearances in the old Expanded Universe. But the sheer accuracy with which Oswalt nailed the actual Sarlacc escape scene is downright prescient. 

    Finally retroactively depicted in 2021’s The Book of Boba Fett, the escape has everything Patton said it would: a pan down from the twin suns, Fett punching his way through the side of the Sarlacc, and that dramatic burst upward through the sun. All he was missing was the subsequent Jawa robbery.

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    That ‘Episode VII’ Would Reveal That Han Solo And Leia Organa Had Broken Up

    And then Luke looks down, and Han’s wedding ring is gone. "Hey, what happened with you and Leia?" And Han’s like, "Don’t even get me started on that."

    Years before Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens hit theaters in 2015, Oswalt had already guessed at one of its biggest status quo changes: that Leia Organa and Han Solo had broken up at some point in the past, and were now living separate lives.

    Oswalt’s proposal does not include any mention of their son, Ben Solo, and does include some spicy details about an affair with Lando Calrissian that never happens - but predicting the break-up of the only ongoing romantic couple in Star Wars canon at the time was still quite the bull's-eye. Unfortunately, Han would perish before fans got the full details of how the split occurred. 

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    The Nature Of Tony Stark’s 'Time Ribbon'

    Tony Stark realizes that there has been a disturbance in what he will call a "time ribbon," for the time being...

    Even the highly specific components of Oswalt’s pitch would prove eerily prescient in due time. He mentions Tony Stark’s discovery of a “time ribbon,” and notes that the writers will probably have to come up with a better name for it than that... and that’s more or less exactly what happened in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.

    The theoretical model of time travel Stark develops does look like a thin ribbon of space-time, one he eventually solves by folding it into a Mobius strip. New descriptors are suggested around this miraculous discovery, but they’re all in the same vein as time ribbon - time-space GPS, time-heist, etc. 

    Not only did Oswalt predict the shape of Stark’s time-meddling, but he even predicted the general naming convention. Given the subject matter, that’s more than a little suspicious.  

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    That Spider-Man Would Join The MCU

    [Tony Stark] would go find, hello, Spider-Man. Spider-Man exists in that universe.

    When Oswalt's character, Garth Blundin, says that “Spider-Man exists in that universe [the MCU],” he's actually wrong, because the webslinger’s cinematic rights were still held by Sony Pictures in 2013 - and all indications were that Sony would be holding on to him tightly.

    Then, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 came out in 2014 and bombed, and behind-the-scenes negotiations started to occur. By 2015, Sony and Marvel Studios were ready to make the surprise announcement that - although the rights would remain with Sony - Peter Parker would be loaned to the MCU for an indefinite period of time, starting with 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

    Looking back on it, predicting that the most popular Marvel character would eventually join the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems like a no-brainer, but at the time, fans had pretty much come to accept that it would never happen, and that Sony would never give up its lucrative cash cow. One fan who apparently did not accept that, however? Patton Oswalt.

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    Starring Roles For Obscure Characters Like Moon Knight And X-23

    He would go find Moon Knight...

    It’s [Reed Richards], and we have select members of the X-Men that I thought, in my opinion, were not focused on properly in the earlier films... we have X-23, which is Wolverine’s daughter. 

    In listing off names for his prospective Avengers unit, Patton Oswalt proved his nerd cred by getting into some rather obscure names. Back in 2013, the unspoken joke was that there was no realistic hope of ever seeing folks like Moon Knight or X-23 on the big screen, and that the character of Garth Blundin was clearly out to lunch.

    Or was he?

    X-23, better known as Laura Kinney, made her debut in 2017’s Logan, which was not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but still drew critical acclaim. Furthermore, now that Disney owns Fox, there have been hints that Laura will be one of the existing properties to cross over into the MCU - jumping universes just like the characters in Oswalt’s wild pitch. Back in 2013, however, hers was a name only known by dedicated X-geeks. 

    Then there’s Moon Knight, who has only ever been a “C-list” hero at best, despite often earning high praise for his comic book exploits. Yet, by 2022, Marc Spector would be starring in his very own Disney+ Moon Knight series, something that would have seemed inconceivable to anyone living in 2013... anyone, that is, except Patton Oswalt.

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    The Emergence Of Zeus And The Greek Gods In The MCU

    [Tony Stark] would go find Hercules, and then that could bring in the entire pantheon of Greek gods that we saw in Clash and Wrath of the Titans.

    Of all the outlandish suggestions thrown out by Oswalt to the Parks and Recreation cast, the strangest of all has to be the suggestion that Hercules would join the Avengers and bring the entire pantheon of Greek gods into the MCU with him.

    The Greek gods are a long-standing part of Marvel Comics canon, but the MCU had already denoted Thor and the Asgardians as fancy aliens, so the prospect of more historical deities being shoe-horned into the franchise seemed rather out-of-place in 2013.

    But subsequent films have revealed nine MCU realms that are a lot more mythologically accurate than they appeared at first, and the casting of Russell Crowe as Zeus in 2022’s Thor: Love and Thunder made it official: The Olympians are coming, and they’re bringing the lightning. 

    Can Hercules be far behind? Almost certainly not. If Oswalt said it, it must be true.