WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story, in theaters now.
While the intention for Star Wars anthology movies, such as Rogue One, was to bridge the gap between George Lucas’ original trilogy and the its prequels, Solo: A Star Wars Story takes a somewhat different approach, as it also casts an eye towards building a franchise of its own.
Given the disappointing box office performance so far, it remains to be seen how this film will be expanded upon. Nonetheless, Ron Howard’s movie sets up a sequel — unsurprising given that lead actors Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo) and Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian) are locked into multi-picture deals.
But before proceeding to Han’s next chapter, there are a few plot holes and some lingering questions we’d like answered regarding his origin story as the galaxy’s most notorious smuggler.
Is Qi’ra Really A Villain?
Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) is the woman Han embarks on this criminal life for, all so he can rescue her from Corellia after they were separated. When they’re reunited, though, circumstances are drastically different, as she’s the right-hand woman of Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany), and Han’s working off a debt he owes them; leading to him teaming up with Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) to steal coaxium.
Qi’ra joins Han’s crew to oversee things, but it’s obvious they’re still genuinely in love with each other. However, throughout the flick, Tobias warns Han about her, emphasizing he doesn’t know what she did to become Dryden’s deputy. Even Qi’ra herself warns Han about her shady past, which he ignores because he’s still hoping they’ll fly off into the sunset together.
Sadly, after the mission is successful and Qi’ra kills Dryden, she opts to take over Crimson Dawn. We’re left somewhat confused though, because as she takes off in her ship to go meet her new boss, she shoots Han a lovestruck glance. Is she really a villain or is this all part of some longer game she’s playing with Maul? It would have been nice to get some insight into the three years she was separated from Han, which would have informed how she escaped Corellia, developed criminal aspirations and why she gave up that happy ending in the finale.
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