Rebel fighter pilot Wedge Antilles has long been a fan favorite from the original Star Wars trilogy, which is saying something, seeing as the guy only had very few lines of dialogue compared to someone like Han Solo or Luke Skywalker. Of course, that doesn't mean much to fans of the franchise, and whenever Wedge pops up on the silver screen, theaters across the globe are filled with cheers.
Wedge is an important minor character for a number of reasons, but because he wasn't heavily featured in the original Star Wars trilogy, there are tons of things you probably don't know about him. Wedge Antilles may be the best pilot in the Rebellion, but so much happened off the screen that only the most hard-core fans know about his involvement with Phantom Squadron, the Battle of Jakku, and other interesting facts.
It's not surprising that more has gone on behind the scenes concerning Wedge than other popular characters. After all, most fans know a ton about the likes of Darth Vader and Ahsoka Tano, while the more interesting tidbits about pilots like Wedge fall to the wayside. This list aims to fix all of that by highlighting some of the more interesting things you probably didn't know about Wedge Antilles. Check the facts out below, and be sure to upvote your favorites!
1. Wedge Is The Only Pilot To Survive Attacks On Both Death StarsPhoto: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox
This is a perfect example of a fact you didn't know you already knew. If you go back through the original Star Wars trilogy and look into who took part in the destruction of the Death Star, Wedge Antilles is the only X-Wing pilot (who isn't Luke Skywalker) to survive. He had to bail on Luke at the last minute during the trench run at the Battle of Yavin, and he was instrumental in destroying the second Death Star a few years later.
Even the crew of the Millennium Falcon is switched up for the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi. Instead of Chewbacca and Han Solo coming in to save the day, it's Lando Calrissian and Nien Nunb, and they were accompanied by Wedge aboard his X-Wing. Luke, Han, Chewie, Leia, and the Droids were all hanging out on Endor, dismantling the shield generator. Of all the pilots who took part in both battles, only Wedge Antilles managed to safely land his starfighter and survive.Interesting fact?
2. Wedge Was Born And Grew Up On Corellia
Wedge Antilles was born on the core planet of Corellia, which is also the location of some of the most prolific shipyards in the galaxy. Corellians are well-known for their talents in creating all manner of ships, from the smallest corvettes to the larger capital vessels used by every fleet in the galaxy.
Wedge grew up watching many of those ships take flight, and when he was old enough, he got as close to that action as possible by taking a job as a mechanic at a fuel depot. Eventually, he learned to fly a cargo vessel out of the Corellian ports, and from there, he went on to become one of the best pilots around.Interesting fact?
3. Wedge Defected From The Empire In 2 BBY With The Help Of Phoenix SquadronPhoto: Star Wars Rebels / Disney XD
Like many young pilots, Wedge got his start flying for the Empire, but he didn't remain there for long. When he was first recruited, Antilles was excited at the prospect of flying ships more interesting than the run-of-the-mill cargo vessels he'd been operating out of Corellia. He attended the Skystrike Academy on Montross, where he trained as a TIE fighter pilot.
During this time, he came to understand the threat the Empire posed to the people closest to him. His family, friends, and his beloved Mala were all harmed in various ways by the Empire. As a result, Antilles began looking for a way out, which the growing Rebellion provided.
Two years before the Battle of Yavin (BBY), Imperial forces slaughtered the crew of a surrendering Rebel transport ship. This action kicked off a series of events that "rescued" Antilles from the Empire with the help of Sabine Wren and the other members of Phoenix Squadron, consisting of Hera Syndulla and several notable early Rebel leaders. Ultimately, Antilles escaped with Wren and Cadet Derek "Hobbie" Klivian, who also defected to the Rebels.Interesting fact?
4. For Continuity, Wedge Wasn’t At The Battle of Scarif In ‘Rogue One’
If there were one pilot most fans expected to see flying an X-Wing at the Battle of Scarif in Rogue One, it was Wedge Antilles. Of course, Antilles was nowhere to be found, and while many fans were left feeling disappointed over his absence, there was a good reason for it. It has everything to do with continuity by way of a single line of dialogue in A New Hope.
In the first Star Wars film, Wedge approaches the Death Star and exclaims, "Look at the size of that thing!" He had never seen it before, so there was no way he could have been at the Battle of Scarif, where he would have seen the Death Star. This was clarified via a Twitter thread involving Matthew Wood and Pablo Hidalgo. According to Wood, "Wedge is on Yavin 4, announcing to flight personnel to report in & redirect to Scarif, MTFBWY. He stays on Yavin."Interesting fact?