For all that The Mandalorian has given Star Wars fans plenty of reasons to whoop and holler during its first two seasons, what they might not expect is that the Disney+ show's various cast members are often just as experienced at geeking out on the set as viewers would be. Case in point: Fennec Shand portrayer Ming-Na Wen and Luke Skywalker himself Mark Hamill shared a downright delightful social media exchange in which each went all fan-crazy over the other. Star Wars actors are all of us.
It all started when Mark Hamill closed out 2020 with a heartfelt response to Mandalorian fans for all the kind reactions he'd witnessed in the aftermath of that bonkers Season 2 finale, in which Luke Skywalker was revealed to be the Jedi Master destined to bring Baby Yoda's training back up to snuff. (And also in which the new Boba Fett spinoff was revealed, complete with a short-lived cameo from franchise vet Matthew Wood.) It wasn't long before Ming-Na Wen offered a very sweet comment on Hamill's post, which can be seen below.
Having already played a major role in one of Marvel's best TV efforts to date, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ming-Na Wen has long been used to fans going berserk over her character Melinda May. But it's a whole different ballgame to be enveloped into the Star Wars universe, even in a relatively limited capacity. The actress clearly viewed her time in The Mandalorian's finale as a life pinnacle, having been a fan of Mark Hamill's for decades. As one does.
As it turns out, Mark Hamill seems to share the same kind of adoration for Ming-Na Wen, and he let her know just that in the kindest of ways, seen below.
Mark Hamill's a pretty vocal guy both on and off social media, so for him to be left speechless is a big win indeed for Ming-Na Wen. The Force is strong with that one.
To be expected, Mark Hamill's acknowledgement made its way to Ming-Na Wen's eyeballs over the weekend, and she appropriately went wild, noting it as a top-tier moment in "nerd nirvana." Check out her most recent post below.
If only everybody could have such life-affirming exchanges online as those, the world might be a happier place overall. And by that I specifically mean if Mark Hamill sent a personal message to all 7 billion people on the planet. Although I also think that Steven Tyler joining The Mandalorian for Season 3 would also make at least some parts the world a happier place.
Ming-Na Wen's Star Wars journey is still in the early stages, too, as she will return as Fennec Shand in The Book of Boba Fett, and it's entirely possible that she'll also be part of The Mandalorian Season 3 and/or one of the other upcoming spinoffs. On the flip side, it's not yet known what Jon Favreau & Co. will do with Luke and Baby Yoda in the future, but one can only hope that Mark Hamill will be back in some digitized capacity. While waiting to hear more updates, head to our Winter and Spring 2021 TV premiere schedule to see what new and returning shows are on the way soon.
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