Pirates of the Caribbean has ventured into some weird and wonderful sea-shanty stories so far. Not only did Captain Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp) fight the mythical Kraken head-on, but he also worked alongside Blackbeard, and had a sword-fight with Davy Jones. Going forward, could the Disney series borrow some aspects from another of its seafaring franchises?
It was recently pointed out that the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has a collection of novelisations that were released to coincide with the films.
One of the most popular novels was 2011’s The Price of Freedom, written by A.C. Crispin, which told of a 25-year-old Jack Sparrow taking on the East India Trading Company.
During this novel, however, Sparrow’s father describes a pirate that Disney fans will no-doubt be familiar with.
Sparrow’s dad regales the youngster about a pirate named James, who replaced his hand with a hook, disappeared for some time, never aged, and was inexplicably scared of children.
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This comical passage was no doubt referencing Captain James Hook from the Peter Pan franchise.
The Disney company has been known to overlap some of their series – particularly in the Pixar family – so it would not be impossible to see them include such a character in the upcoming sixth Pirates movie.
However, if Hook were to be included, the chances are he would either see a brief cameo, or be the main villain.
Considering he historically has no shame in attacking children, he may be one of the Pirates series’ most dastardly foes yet.
However, this didn’t seem to go well, as the publication reported Disney “balked” at this idea.
Nothing is known about the upcoming new Pirates films, but Jack Sparrow is still alive and well – so he could return at any point.
Alternatively, he could simply be written out off-screen, bringing his journey to an end without any celebration.
If Disney are dropping Depp from the series, it is most likely as a result of his public court battle against a British newspaper, and his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
During the high court case Depp and Heard were quoted as being abusive to one another, with the newspaper in question calling the Edward Scissorhand star a “wife-beater”.
Despite this, a petition has been started by fans on change.org in aid of bringing the star back to screen soon.
So far, the petition has almost reached 400,000 signatures from desperate fans, hoping to bring their favourite actor back into the fold.
The Pirates of the Caribbean films are available to watch on Disney Plus now.
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