'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Ending Teases Two Iconic Characters for Next Film
Solo: A Star Wars Story might have a very singular name, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be the only movie about Han Solo’s pre-New Hope adventures. The end of the just-released movie teases what’s next for Alden Ehrenreich’s Han, and hints that two iconic Star Wars villains will make their presence known.
This post contains spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story.
There’s a moment in many of the trailers for Solo where Woody Harrelson’s character, Tobias Beckett, talks about a “big-shot gangster” who is “putting together a crew.” Tobias is something of a mentor figure to Han, and the trailers tended to follow-up this scene with flashes of some of Han’s assumed teammates, like Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian and Thandie Newton’s Val. Viewers are lead to believe that Tobias is setting up the main plot of this movie, when what he’s actually doing is teasing a sequel.
That scene actually comes towards the end of the film, and the “big-shot” gangster is clearly implied to be Jabba the Hutt, if only because Beckett says all of this is going to happen on Tatooine. Fans of the original trilogy might remember that Han, master smuggler, did business with Jabba and owed the Tatooine-based crime lord some money. That debt is what gets Han frozen in carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back and taken to Jabba’s palace by Boba Fett in Return of the Jedi. A Solo sequel might reveal exactly what sort of job Han did for Jabba and explain why he never settled his debt. Boba Fett also doesn’t appear in Solo, meaning it makes sense he’d show up in a sequel if that standalone Fett movie doesn’t end up happening.
Then again, a sequel to Solo could also be about Darth Maul, and Boba Fett is reportedly getting his own movie, so Han’s it’s unclear exactly what Han’s next adventure will be. Either way, the very ending of Solo shows Han and Chewie flying off to Tatooine and toward their destiny of meeting the vile gangster, Jabba the Hutt.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is now in theaters.