Interestingly, Durge first entered the Expanded Universe when he—together with Ventress—graced the duvet of Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars: Republic #52, which was printed on April 9, 2003, seven entire months earlier than his debut in the fourth episode of Clone Wars aired on Cartoon Network. The guns-and-gadgets-toting, jet-pack-carrying bounty hunter character could appear to be a humanoid when coated head-to-toe in his intimidating gray armor, however he’s really a 2000-year-old Gen’Dai, an invertebrate alien species that resembles uncovered muscular and vascular tissue. He’s notably blessed with the formidable capacity to manipulate his physique to do absolutely anything, and might regenerate from any type of bodily harm (even being blown to bits), save for being vaporized, which was a destiny delivered to him in now-non-canon comedian Obsession by Anakin, who had to force-push him into a star to get the job completed.
Durge’s motivation in the preliminary lore was a deep hatred—fueled over a millennium—for the Mandalorian race, attributed to (as we’d later be taught) his seize in the course of the New Sith Wars, a galactic battle from over a thousand years in the past that noticed the Jedi and Mandalorians combat in opposition to the Sith. Serving as a warrior for the Sith, he was captured and tortured by the Mandalorians, an ordeal that left the Gen’Dai so ravaged it took almost a century to reconstitute his physique, leaving him completely insane. However, with the inhabitants of the Mandalorians having been virtually worn out by the point of the Clone Wars, Durge turned drawn to the concept of taking his bitterness out on the closest obtainable factor: the Republic’s Grand Army, which, of course, consisted of clones of Mandalorian Jango Fett. Thus, he took up a contract with Separatist chief and Sith Lord Count Dooku to do exactly that, and, as famously seen in his Clone Wars episodes, led the Separatist forces in the Battle of Muunilinst, notably in an assault on speeder bikes, after which his odd arsenal and regenerative talents gave Jedi normal Obi-Wan Kenobi an infamously irritating combat.
So, the place would a forgotten early-2000s Legends lore relic like Durge match in the fashionable period? After all, A LOT has occurred since he final manifested, with the next The Clone Wars sequence trampling over all the things that occurred in Tartakovsky’s sequence. However, with Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars poised for streaming consumption for a completely new era of followers on Disney+, the sequence—and the simple badassery of Durge—may not be left forgotten for for much longer. Thus, the reply to the preliminary query is definitely fairly apparent: Durge can match wherever he chooses.
Durge’s canon debut in Doctor Aphra #11 is rife with unknown variables, together with whether or not this model of the character even fought in the Clone Wars, however that isn’t to say that the essential components of his traditional backstory received’t nonetheless manifest in a way—he nonetheless has to be a bounty hunter, he nonetheless has to be a freaky regenerative alien hermit crab, and he most positively nonetheless has to hate Mandalorians. There lies the potential essential hyperlink for Durge in the Disney+ live-action world, which, of course, is rife with Mandalorians. While the duty of translating all of the bizarre talents Durge displayed on the Tartakovsky sequence can be intimidatingly exorbitant, it might however turn out to be intriguing fodder for a phenomenal climactic onscreen battle—be it in opposition to Din Djarin or Boba Fett.
A Durge look on The Mandalorian will surely signify a radical departure from the present’s preliminary arc, which seemingly got here to an finish in season 2 when Luke Skywalker arrived to take custody of Baby Yoda. While Din will inevitably reunite with the Force-powered inexperienced tyke sooner or later, the teased arc for season 3 appears to middle on his unintended ascension to Mandalorian management after wresting the sacred Darksaber from Moff Gideon. While that situation presents potential issues, since Bo-Katan Kryze initially coveted the Darksaber (and might solely legally attain it by taking it from Din in fight), one would assume that Din being chief (even quickly) of a resurgent Mandalorian folks would additionally make him a prime goal for a mind-warped, vengeance-seeking Durge.
On one other observe, Boba Fett’s teased new standing as de facto king of the Outer Rim legal underworld might additionally appeal to Durge’s consideration, facilitating a similarly-motivated battle with the eponymous cloned Mandalorian on The Book of Boba Fett. However, this situation is way extra speculative since we nonetheless don’t have official particulars on the present’s plot. Moreover, if that present finally ends up specializing in the galaxy’s seedier, “scum and villainy” aspect (which was how The Mandalorian began), then a villain as fantastical as Durge may not be the correct thematic match, not less than initially.