Baby Yoda from The Mandalorian has become one of the true pop culture phenomenons of 2019. We still don't know its real name, which is why everyone has taken to calling it Baby Yoda, since it is a baby (even though he's technically 50-years-old) and is a member of the same species as Yoda. However, Disney CEO Bob Iger knows the character's real name and he suggests that information will carry with it some importance, once it's revealed.
Bob Iger was recently interviewed in honor of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hitting theaters. The conversation turned to The Mandalorian and, specifically, the phenomenon of Baby Yoda, or "The Child." Iger revealed that series creator Jon Favreau isn't fond of people calling the mystery figure Baby Yoda. Here's what Iger had to say about it.
"We don't refer to the Child or the Asset the way that the world is referring to the Child or the Asset. Baby Yoda, that's a no-no. I got chastised, in my early emails to Jon Favreau, I referenced in my emails Baby Yoda. It just seemed easy, and I got my wrist slapped by Jon a few times. 'It's not Baby Yoda!' I think people really want to know, what's its name? What's its real name? I know its real name and it's one of the reasons that I have extra security now because I don't want to be given some kind of truth serum by someone."
If we read between the lines there, Bob Iger could be hinting at something. At this point, is it that big of a deal of the character's real name is revealed? I mean, yes, people want to know, but beefed up security? What's to know? Could it be that the name itself will come with a reveal that ties into the larger Star Wars universe? One would think with the secrecy surrounding the character, and the lack of a name reveal up to this point in the show, that the moment we do find its real name out, it will be significant.
Bob Iger also explained that the lack of toys for Baby Yoda on the market right now has to do with them hoping to keep the secret guarded. Had they made toys available when the show launched, hundreds of people would have known about Baby Yoda's existence and the secret could have very easily gotten out. Speaking further, Iger also explained why Jon Favreau was the right man to bring Star Wars to the small screen.
"We had great faith in Jon [Favrea] not just as a storyteller but also a storyteller like George [Lucas] that knows how to use technology for the good of his stories and the good of the audience that will ultimately hear or see the stories... So when Jon pitched the idea of a Star Wars series, we immediately understood, not only did we have a great storyteller, but we had a storyteller that was going to continue to make new rules of sorts or mine new territory... it was a very easy decision for us to make."
The Mandalorian season 1 finale airs this week. Will we finally learn The Child's real name? That could make for a nice reveal to conclude the show's first season with, especially since season 2 is already in the works. You can check out the full interview with Bob Iger from the Star Wars YouTube channel below.