Thanks to social media, it appears as though every day of the year is cause for some sort of celebration, with users happily hopping on the bandwagon of whatever hashtags are being used by the people they follow. With June 29 supposedly considered "National Handshake Day," the official Star Wars Twitter account joined in on the celebration with a savage response.
Beginning with the first film and the amputation of Ponda Baba in Mos Eisley, losing a limb seems to be a right of passage for many characters, with the losing of a hand or arm becoming a running gag in the Star Wars franchise.
Users were quick to join in on the celebration, with the Star Wars account even replying to some of their favorite comments. One fan posted a photo of Baba's severed arm, earning a response from the original account.
It's like this is a trend with us or something...— Star Wars (@starwars) June 29, 2017
Another fan hoped that Luke had a good health insurance plan, while the Star Wars account explained who takes care of medical needs in a galaxy far, far away.
He opted for the Rebel Alliance's 2-1B plan. pic.twitter.com/5z23nWQst1— Star Wars (@starwars) June 29, 2017
The trend of characters in Star Wars losing limbs became so well-known, in fact, that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige honors the franchise by featuring severed limbs in almost all of the Marvel films. Specifically, all of the movies in Marvel's Phase Two slate of films had a character lose a hand or arm to pay homage to the second installment in the Star Wars franchise, which featured one of the most prominent losses of limbs in the series.
When speaking with CinemaBlend about the homage, Feige revealed, "I’m obsessed with Star Wars. Who’s not? I’m 40 years old. I’m in the movie business. I went to USC. So I’m obsessed with Star Wars - and it didn’t start out as intentional, but it became intentional."
"It sort of happens in every Star Wars movie, but I was sort of looking at it, ‘Okay, is Phase Two our Empire Strikes Back?’ Not really, but tonally things are a little different," Feige continued. "Somebody gets their arm cut off in every Phase Two movie. Every single one."