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Solo: A Star Wars Story goes deep into the Star Wars universe. Writers Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan included dozens of references, Easter eggs, and callbacks from canonical tales and Legends into the movie about Han Solo’s early years. They linked the standalone film to characters from different tales, areas, video video games, and extra. After two viewings, I caught over 40 connections to the remainder of the Star Wars galaxy:
Lando references dealing with some enterprise for Dryden Vos on Felucia. The planet appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and on the finish of Revenge of the Sith; it’s the place the Jedi Aayla Secura was killed after Palpatine enacted Order 66.
Enfys Nest’s Cloud-Riders are named after a Legends swoop gang that appeared in Star Wars comics printed within the late ’70s.
Qi’ra mentions studying Teräs Käsi from Dryden Vos; the fight self-discipline was launched within the Legends title Shadows of the Empire and highlighted in a PlayStation combating recreation known as Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi.
Beckett may need been liable for the dying of Aurra Sing. You’ll be able to see the bounty hunter within the stands watching the Boonta Eve Podrace in The Phantom Menace, within the Darth Maul comic, and in The Clone Wars.
Beckett’s homeworld is Glee Anselm; it’s house to Nautolans comparable to Package Fisto and was seen through hologram in The Clone Wars.
Darth Maul tells Qi’ra to come back to Dathomir. It’s his house and the place we first meet the Nightsisters in season three of Clone Wars.
Then there’s Darth Maul himself. The intimidating former Sith Lord and present crime boss has roots in Episode I; his story continued in The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Study extra about his history.
Tubes and Weazel
One of many Cloud-Riders in Enfys’ gang is likely one of the Two Tubes brothers seen in Noticed Gerrera’s partisan group in Rogue One. The Cloud-Rider performed by Warwick Davis (who has performed a number of roles within the Star Wars universe, together with the Ewok Wicket) is Weazel, an arms vendor and gambler proven on Tatooine in The Phantom Menace.
The Kessel spice mines are operated by the Pyke Syndicate, an underworld group canonized in The Clone Wars. They have been a part of Maul’s Shadow Collective (extra on that here) and likewise liable for killing Sifo-Dyas, the identify the Kaminoans give in Assault of the Clones for the one that ordered the creation of the clone military.
Sharu, Oseon, StarCave Nebula
Whereas Han and Beckett work on the Kessel heist, Lando stays aboard the Millennium Falcon to document the Lando Calrissian Chronicles, tales about his adventures. He mentions Sharu, which is a nod to the title of The Lando Calrissian Adventures Legends e book Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu. Mentions of Oseon and the StarCave Nebula are additionally references to this book trilogy.
Beckett teases Val about studying to play the valachord, the musical instrument she’s named after. Snap Wexley, a.okay.a. Greg Grunberg’s character in The Pressure Awakens, performed the instrument within the Aftermath books.
Chewbacca ripping arms off
Chewbacca rips a guard’s arms off on Kessel. In A New Hope, Han teased R2-D2 that Wookiees rip arms off after they lose, however that is the primary time we’ve seen it occur (although The Pressure Awakens novelization had Chewbacca tearing limbs at Maz Kanata’s fort).
Colo claw fish
When Han goes to Dryden’s ship at hand over the coaxium, the crime boss presents a claw fish snack. The creature is the big fish we noticed assault Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan on Naboo in The Phantom Menace.
The swirling hazard surrounding Kessel in Solo is The Maw. The identify is pulled from Legends, particularly from The Jedi Academy trilogy.
Woman Proxima’s scrumrats on Corellia discuss getting parts in trade for his or her discoveries, which is paying homage to how Rey received parts from Unkar Plutt as fee for scavenged materials on Jakku in The Pressure Awakens.
Stormtroopers at Corellia’s spaceport inform folks, “Transfer alongside,” similar to the stormtroopers in Mos Eisley in Episode IV.
Han and Qi’ra head to Coronet Metropolis to get off the planet. The foremost Corellian metropolis appeared repeatedly in Legends, in sequence comparable to Legacy of the Pressure and in canonical novels like Aftermath.
John Williams composed a single monitor for Solo, however composer John Powell pulled from Williams’ established library for the soundtrack, together with motifs from “The Imperial March” and “Asteroid Discipline.”
Han flunks out of the Imperial Naval Academy on Carida in Solo. In Legends titles, the planet was house to a serious army coaching institution.
When Han’s kicked out of the Academy, he turns into a part of the infantry on Mimban. Mimban’s historical past goes again to 1978 to the Legends title Splinter of the Thoughts’s Eye, one of many first Star Wars books ever printed. In canon, the Mud Jumpers of the 224th on Mimban acquired a call-out in The Clone Wars.
Han stole an AV-21 landspeeder throughout his youth, and for those who performed Star Wars Galaxies within the early 2000s, you would possibly bear in mind how laborious it was to accumulate the uncommon automobile within the recreation.
Whenever you hear “moof-milker” in Solo, it ought to sound acquainted due to this line in The Pressure Awakens: “Some moof-milker put in a compressor on the ignition line!”
Bossk and the Xan sisters
Val is aggravated with Beckett for bringing in amateurs for the Conveyex job and laments not calling Bossk or the Xan sisters. Bossk is the Trandoshan bounty hunter first seen in The Empire Strikes Again and later in The Clone Wars. Xan sisters is probably going a reference to Legends’ Zan Pike of the Pike sisters; they have been criminals employed by Black Solar in Shadows of the Empire.
Viper probe droids take out Val, and we’ve seen them earlier than in a wide range of settings, most notably on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Again.
The identify Scarif comes up when Han and Beckett are attempting to promote their coaxium plan to Vos. It’s the place a small group of rebels stole the Demise Star plans in Rogue One.
Black Spire and Dok-Ondar
L3-37 mentions Lando couldn’t get to Black Spire with out her, and Qi’ra feedback on ensuring Dok-Ondar, a visitor of Dryden’s, is taken care of. Each are references to the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge areas at Disney Parks; Black Spire’s the identify of the village and Dok-Ondar is an Ithorian collector who could have a task in Galaxy’s Edge.
The path to Kessel consists of the Si’Klaata Cluster. The star cluster was created for a Legends information printed by West Finish Video games within the ’90s, Galaxy Information 12: Aliens – Enemies and Allies.
Beckett wears a disguise on Kessel, and it’s the identical outfit worn by Lando when he infiltrated Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi.
Talking of Jabba, Beckett talks about departing Savareen for one more job arrange by a bigshot Tatooine gangster. He’s referring to Jabba the Hutt.
Rio Durant mentions a mynock roast; mynocks are the creatures that latched onto the Falcon whereas they have been contained in the house slug in Empire Strikes Again.
Crystal cranium and Mandalorian armor
Dryden Vos’ workplace on his yacht is filled with treasures and artifacts. Amongst them is a set of Mandalorian armor and a crystal cranium. The cranium is a nod to Xim the Despot from the Legend novel, Han Solo and the Misplaced Legacy.
Han wins the Falcon from Lando in a recreation of sabacc. The cardboard recreation was launched in Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu and has since been referenced many instances in Legends and in canon.
“I do know”
After their misadventures, Lando says to Han, “I hate you.” Han replies, “I do know.” It’s a play on his notorious I like you/I do know scene with Leia in Empire.
When discussing Kessel, Lando feedback, “Mining colonies are the worst.” He goes on to function an administrator of Cloud Metropolis, a Tibanna gasoline mining colony.
Beckett tells Han about how he doesn’t wish to find yourself with a value on his head, which foreshadows Han’s life. Han leaves the rebels in Empire Strikes Again due to it; he tells Basic Rieekan there’s a value on his head.
That is removed from a whole record. There’s Dejarik, the thermal detonator, the Decraniated, Han being kicked out of the Imperial Academy like he was in Legends, and extra. And different non-Star Wars nods within the movie embrace a tie to Back to the Future and the inclusion of the Golden Idol and the Sankara Stones from the Indiana Jones movies.
Did you discover these references? Did you catch any others? Share them within the feedback.
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