2972 is a year before Futurama is set. It is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the gregorian calendar and the 71st year of the 30th century.
- DOOP ships find a massive deposit of dark matter on Vergon 6, prompting the Nibblonians to evacuate.
- Mom's Friendly Robot Company is contracted by the DOOP to create robot slaves to mine Vergon 6's massive dark matter deposit.
- "Bender's Game" (flashback)