How The ‘Solo’ Ending Sets Up Future ‘Star Wars’ Films

Solo A Star Wars Story Chinese Poster bannerMAJOR SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story finds everyone’s favorite galactic smuggler Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) before we first met him in the Mos Eisley Cantina in Star Wars: A New Hope. The film contains countless Easter Eggs that hint at much of the galaxy’s history from the Original Trilogy to even the Prequel Trilogy.

In particular, an aspect of the film’s ending has left many fans excited at what it could signify for future Star Wars films.

That aspect is the fact that Maul (Ray Park) makes a surprise appearance as the head of Crimson Dawn – the crime syndicate that the now-deceased Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany) was part of along with Han’s old flame, Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke).

In the film, Qi’ra contacts Maul, who turns out to be Dryden Vos’ superior. Given the failure of Crimson Dawn’s failed mission and Dryden Vos’ death, Maul promotes Qi’ra into the departed’s position. Maul commands Qi’ra to visit him on Dathomir. Following this interaction, Qi’ra leaves Han and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) behind on Savareen.

Many fans have speculated that given Han, Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) are the only characters guaranteed to survive the events of Solo, Qi’ra was likely to die by the film’s end. However, not only does she not die, but she may in fact return for another film and perhaps she would be accompanying Maul.

Given that at this point in time, Han is completely oblivious to anything related to the Force and the Jedi, it is unlikely that he would interact with Maul in any way, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t ever run into Qi’ra ever again. After all, the Star Wars universe is notorious for destiny, fate and coincidence so Han and Chewie may end up running into some old friends on their numerous missions on the Millennium Falcon.

But now that Maul could appear in future Star Wars films, Solo has managed to find a way to set up more standalone stories that aren’t necessarily direct sequels in a traditional sense. If anything, Solo is Lucasfilm’s first attempt at Marvel-style storytelling where different films separate from the Skywalker Saga can interweave. Perhaps we will also see some Rogue One characters make some returns along the way.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is in theaters now.

Every ‘Star Wars’ Movie Ranked From Worst To Best

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Star Wars logoStar Wars was released in 1977 and has become one of the biggest film franchises in the history of cinema. Han Solo. Luke Skywalker. Princess Leia. Darth Vader. These characters have become synonymous with pop culture around the world.

Star Wars has transcended generations but when Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005, many fans assumed that this galaxy far far away had come to a close and we wouldn’t be seeing any new films. It wasn’t until 2012 that everything changed. On October 30, 2012, Disney announced a deal to purchase Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion. Since that purchase, Disney has brought Star Wars back to the main folds of pop culture with The Force Awakens and even Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 

In honor of The Last Jedi being released in theaters, Heroic Hollywood is ranking every Star Wars film from worst to best. It should be noted that this countdown doesn’t include any of the animated series or the Holiday Special. Check out our rankings by clicking next! Every section will feature the best highlight and lowlight from the film.

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