The Mandalorian Season 3 Just Included An Obscure Marvel Cinematic Universe Connection

This post contains spoilers for "The Mandalorian" season 3, episode 6.

We are rapidly approaching the conclusion of "The Mandalorian" season 3 on Disney+, and the sixth episode, titled "Guns for Hire," did some real work in setting up a grand finale for Din Djarin, Bo-Katan Kryze, and the rest of the Mandalorians as they look to reclaim their homeworld of Mandalore. But this episode took some pretty unique detours en route to getting the Darksaber back in Bo-Katan's hands. The cold open of the episode told a tale of forbidden love in short order, while also bringing us an obscure little connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe along the way — though you'd be forgiven for not catching it the first time around.

The opening of the episode sees the Nite Owls sent to retrieve the son of a Mon Calamari nobleman. He left his people to be with a Quarren, which didn't sit well with the Mon Calamari, as their people had been at war with one another for years. Axe Woves (Simon Kassianides) and the Nite Owls were hired to bring the young Mon Calamari back to his people, and fans were probably quick to notice that this particular member of the species sounded nothing like Admiral Ackbar. That's because he was played by none other than Harry Holland, the brother of Tom Holland, the current Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Harry Holland very much just sounded like Tom Holland in the show so if the voice sounded familiar, that's why. In the end, the two lovers were forced to part ways before things got ugly, and the Nite Owls took him off the ship before we got to the real meat and potatoes of the episode.

Harry Holland joins a galaxy far, far away

Tom Holland is, undoubtedly, the more recognizable star in his family, having starred in gigantic hits such as "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Spider-Man: No Way Home," in addition to non-Marvel blockbusters like "Uncharted." Be that as it may, Harry Holland's MCU connections don't only exist through his brother, as he actually technically had some screen time in 2021's mega-hit "No Way Home" — it's just that his scene didn't make it into the final cut.

Taking a trip through Harry Holland's IMDb shows us that he was credited as "Shaker Kid" in the film, and that deleted scene did eventually make its way out into the world. So, technically speaking, he exists in the MCU as well. But, more importantly, the young actor is now part of the "Star Wars" galaxy, and that makes him immortal in some way. As we've seen over the years, even the smallest of small characters in this franchise can go on to become fan favorites, which is kind of how Boba Fett became so damn popular.

It's also not the first time that this season of "The Mandalorian" has featured tangential MCU connections, with Katy O'Brian returning to the fold as Elia Kane in one of this season's more memorable episodes. O'Brian also, as it just so happens, appeared in "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" as Jentorra. It makes sense that Disney's two biggest franchises would have some crossover here and there.

"The Mandalorian" season 3 returns with new episodes Wednesdays on Disney+.