As pre-production gets underway on Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Michael Arndt should take notice of comedian Patton Oswalt’s epic improv Star Wars filibuster from this week’s episode of NBC’s Parks & Recreation. Oswalt will be playing a local citizen from the city of Pawnee (a fictional town in Indiana) who tries to block a City Council vote with a long, drawn-out filibuster of what he would like to see in Star Wars: Episode VII. Be warned, his story has more twists and turns than an M. Night Shyamalan movie.
While extremely hilarious, there are a few inconsistencies in Oswalt’s recount of a Star Wars movie, namely that a Star Wars movie would never start off on a planet. They historically start with a space setting and then proceed to a planet or spaceship. But the resurrection of Boba Fett at the beginning of Star Wars: Episode VII is a killer way to start the new movie.
Giving a point-by-point synopsis of Episode VII would be funny enough, but then Oswalt adds in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by connecting the two worlds with The Avengers and Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet with its six Infinity Gems; Time, Space, Mind, Soul, Reality, and Power. Would this be a good way to crossover Star Wars with Marvel? After all, Disney now owns both properties. The best moments are when Oswalt calls out Black Widow and Hawkeye for not being top-tier Avengers characters, and the appearance of robot Chewbacca.
Oswalt also manages to tie-in X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man in his version of Star Wars: Episode VII before the set clears out. It’s impressive that Oswalt did this filibuster on the fly and in one long take. This moment screams “geek cred,” and points to Oswalt for saying “gloved Mandalorian armor” in reference to Boba Fett.