'Star Wars: Episode 9' Spoilers: New Stories Reveal the Falcon's Fate
We’re about to learn a whole lot more about the fastest hunk of junk in the Star Wars galaxy because a new series of books and comics will reveal the untold stories of the Millennium Falcon and change canon forever. All roads — and flight paths — eventually lead to Batuu, that new planet serving as the setting for the Galaxy’s Edge Star Wars theme parks currently being built at Disney Land and World. Which probably means the Falcon makes it through Episode IX and eventually settles there.
On Wednesday, StarWars.com announced that a new series of books and comics from Lucasfilm Publishing called “Flight of the Falcon” will focus on the Millennium Falcon across all three Star Wars eras. “These tales take us from a time just before Solo: A Star Wars Story, when Lando and L3 had the Falcon, through the original trilogy, and into the new trilogy, ending on the incredible world of Batuu,” said Michael Siglain, Creative Director at Lucasfilm Publishing. This makes it sound like the Falcon’s final resting place is on the planet of Batuu.
So does that make this a huge Episode IX spoiler? Maybe. At the very least, the Falcon couldn’t possibly go to Batuu until after The Last Jedi because there was no gap between Episodes VII and VIII. Could that mean the Resistance is hiding out there when Episode IX starts? Or perhaps after the new trilogy ends, the famous ship gets laid to rest at the remote outpost.
“Flight of the Falcon” will seemingly focus on a minor character from The Force Awakens, Bazine Netal, as she tracks down the ship. (She was that human bounty hunter at Maz Kanata’s castle on Takodana, the one that tipped off the First Order to BB-8’s location.)
According to the official announcement for “Flight of the Falcon,” Bazine Netal is “on the hunt for the Falcon, and her intel leads her across the galaxy to Batuu, a remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge. In order to find the Falcon, Bazine must learn all she can about the infamous YT-1300 freighter — the ship that countless bounty hunters and Imperials have almost caught over the years.” She’s probably collecting all of this information so she can track down where the Falcon went over the years, eventually finding it at Batuu.
- The first “Flight of the Falcon” novel, due out in October, is Star Wars: Lando’s Luck, “a middle grade novel aboard Lando’s pristine version of the ship.” This’ll basically be the same version of the ship we’ll see later this month in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Here are some other installments coming to the series:
- An installment from the new Star Wars: Choose Your Destiny line of choose-your-own-adventure tales
- A Luke and Leia Adventure: “the twins must steal the Falcon for a top secret mission.” (written by Cavan Scott with art by Elsa Charretier)
- Star Wars: Pirate’s Price: “the ship will be back in the hands of Han and Chewie, when the pair teams up with one of the most nefarious (and fan-favorite) smugglers in the galaxy — Hondo Ohnaka. (written by Lou Anders with art by Annie Wu)