Once upon a time, fans could be assured of at least three elements in a Star Wars film: an opening crawl, John Williams' iconic score, and an appearance by C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels. But then along came 2016's Rogue One, the first in a series anthology films, which eliminated the first two (although composer Michael Giacchino incorporated Williams' themes into the score). We know that Daniels has a role in Solo: A Star Wars Story, only it's not as Threepio, leaving many to wonder what other franchise traditions the film may buck.
No Star Wars film over the past three decades has featured a post-credits scene, even as the popularity of the technique soars in Hollywood in franchises ranging from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the DC Extended Universe to Tomb Raider. So, in the Disney era, can we expect Star Wars to beginning following the trend with Solo, and drop the crawl in favor of a stinger?
Relax, the answer is no: Solo doesn't have an end-credits sequence. Although the conclusion of director Ron Howard's film clearly opens the door to a potential sequel -- after all, star Alden Ehrenreich has signed a three-movie deal with Lucasfilm -- there's no bumper to hint at what's to come in, say, 2019's Star Wars: Episode IX (which takes place decades afterward and, therefore, wouldn't make much sense). It turns out some things in the Star Wars saga really don't change.
Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge as L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett. The film opens Friday nationwide.