WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story, in theaters now.
The tenth installment in the Star Wars franchise, Solo: A Star Wars Story, soared into theaters this weekend, and despite a lukewarm box office haul, there’s still plenty for longtime Star Wars fans to appreciate in this film.
Surprisingly, though, Solo is a film that feels far more removed from the primary Star Wars narrative than its counterparts. In the prequels, it was all about the Jedi versus the Sith; in the original trilogy, it was the Rebel Alliance against the Galactic Empire; and in the sequel trilogy, we’re two-thirds of the way through witnessing the Resistance’s struggle against the First Order.
However, while Solo seems to exist in the periphery of the saga’s theme of good versus evil, it still packs a major punch when it comes to tipping its hat to what’s come before it, from the overt to the obscure. Follow along with us as we examine some of the best shoutouts and Easter eggs from Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Star Wars Rebels
Solo contains several nods to the recently concluded animated series Star Wars Rebels that help add some legitimacy to the show for those who think of it as nothing more than a kids cartoon. For instance, as Han and Qi’ra are attempting to escape from Corellia in the film’s opening scene, Han crashes his speeder into a protocol droid that tries to stop them. While the droid doesn’t appear to be AP-5 from Rebels, it is the same model – an RA-7 protocol droid – and as such, it has the same voice. (The droid in the film wasn’t voiced by Rebels’ Stephen Stanton, but the same voice filter was applied.)
Another Rebels reference is dropped during Han and Lando’s initial encounter. In an attempt to coerce Lando into putting the Millennium Falcon on the line in a game of sabacc, Han humble-brags about his own (fictitious) ship, a CEC VCX-100 light freighter, which he says is the fastest ship in the galaxy. Rebels fans, of course, will likely recall that the crew’s ship known as the Ghost – piloted by Hera Syndulla – is a modified VCX-100. Funnily enough, Ghost also made an appearance during the climactic Battle of Scarif, which Qi'ra namedrops as a potential coaxium refinery, in the last Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Speaking of coaxium, we'd be remiss if we didn't bring up the fact that this valuable hyperdrive fuel is harvested from the bodies of the Purgill -- massive, cosmic "space whales" that factored heavily into the Rebels series finale.
As for visual Easter eggs, Rebels fans may have spotted a pretty massive one sitting in Dryden Vos’ office. Among his various treasures, which included a suit of Mandalorian armor, viewers may have spotted a large, pyramid-shaped artifact. For those unaware, this item is actually a Sith Holocron – an item used to store all sorts of Sith secrets. Of course, it’s far larger than the Sith Holocron seen in Rebels, so whether or not it’s a functioning unit or just a replica is unclear.