Many fans have been clamoring to see Qi’ra in live-action Star Wars again. Her storyline in the comics is captivating, but nothing would beat seeing her onscreen again played by Emilia Clarke.
With the upcoming live-action series The Book of Boba Fett focused on the criminal underworld, fans have speculated that Qi’ra could appear. If Crimson Dawn is still around and still a strong crime syndicate, there are plenty of reasons why Qi’ra could cross paths with Boba Fett and Fennec Shand as they take over the criminal empire that once belonged to Jabba the Hutt.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for Crimson Reign #1.
Unfortunately, the end of Crimson Reign’s first comic issue teases that both Qi’ra and Crimson Dawn are unlikely to appear in The Book of Boba Fett.
The first issue of Crimson Reign is narrated by a character known as the Archivist. The Archivist is working with Qi’ra and Crimson Dawn to take down the Empire. At the end of the issue, the Archivist says, “This is the story of the fall of Crimson Dawn. This story is a tragedy.”
Crimson Reign takes place in the time period between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. If Crimson Dawn falls during this time, the crime syndicate will no longer be around during The Book of Boba Fett, which takes place several years after Return of the Jedi.
There is also the issue of Qi’ra’s survival. If Crimson Dawn is going to fall, Qi’ra will likely die with it (thus the story being a tragedy). She is going after Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, and the Empire itself.
Fans know that these Sith Lords and the Empire are still around by Return of the Jedi, which means that Qi’ra is ultimately going to fail in her mission to destroy them. While Qi´ra is formidable, she is unlikely to survive against the likes of Palpatine and Vader. She barely survived her first fight against Vader in War of the Bounty Hunters and that was before Vader knew she was trying to bring him and the whole Empire down.
Even if Qi’ra manages to survive the wrath of the Sith and the Empire, without Crimson Dawn, there isn’t much reason for her to be part of the criminal underworld focus in The Book of Boba Fett.
In addition to these story reasons, there is also the issue of timing. Crimson Reign issues 2-5 and the entirety of Qi’ra’s next comic series The Hidden Empire will be coming out after season 1 of The Book of Boba Fett begins.
It seems unlikely that Lucasfilm would spoil Qi’ra’s survival in a television series before finishing her trilogy of comic series. In fact, these comics probably have more room to use Qi’ra because she is not a part of any of the Disney+ shows taking place after Return of the Jedi.
All this being said, anything is possible. It wasn’t that long ago that everyone thought Boba Fett died in Return of the Jedi and now he is getting his own Disney+ series set after Return of the Jedi. If Lucasfilm wants Qi’ra to be in The Book of Boba Fett, they will find a way to make it happen, although right now it seems doubtful.
The Book of Boba Fett premieres on Disney+ on December 29.