‘The Mandalorian': Taika Waititi Thinks Fans Should Petition to Bring Back IG-11

Director also tells TheWrap “Thor: Love and Thunder” goes into production in August

Spoiler alert: This story contains spoilers from the Season 1 finale of “The Mandalorian”

Taika Waititi, who voiced scene-stealing robot IG-11 in “The Mandalorian,” thinks fans should petition to bring back the hunter/nurse droid for the second season of the Disney+ “Star Wars” series.

“I feel we just need to start a petition because I think that character, really, he held up the entire season, didn’t he?” Waititi told TheWrap on Monday. “From episode one all the way through, he was the hero.”

IG-11 appeared in three episodes this season. Waititi directed the season finale “Chapter 8: The Reckoning,” in which IG-11 heroically sacrificed and self-detonated himself to enabled the Mandalorian, Baby Yoda, and Cara Dune to escape from Moff Gideon and his forces.

“Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” was nominated for six Oscars on Monday morning, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Costume Design, Film Editing, Adapted Screenplay and Production Design.

What’s next for New Zealand filmmaker post-Oscars? A return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “I’ve just finished shooting this film, a sports film in Hawaii with Michael Fassbender,” said Waititi. “In August, I start shooting another ‘Thor’ film.”

That film is “Thor: Love and Thunder.” Waititi directed 2017’s “Thor: Ragnarok” which was considered the best in the “Thor” series and made $854 million worldwide box office.