Attention: Spoilers for ‘Solo’ on your way. Proceed with caution!
Lucasfilm has kept its lips tight about the new films after Episode IX, but some projects have slipped through their fingers. The red carpet of ‘Solo’ kept us wondering about what could be next for the galaxy.
The long standing rumor of a Kenobi film heated up with the appearance of Ewan McGregor at the premiere of ‘Solo’. Rumors affirm that the movie is in full pre-production to be filmed after Episode IX. This is a highly anticipated project for many fans, no matter what the box office analysts say. Lucasfilm will not stop at their projects, they’ll just learn about the reception of Han Solo’s story.
Alden Ehrenreich and Emilia Clarke have confirmed that they’re signed for three films, suggesting sequels for the beloved scoundrel. With the box office of the movie, this is a far away dream. Maybe these aren’t sequels, but interrelated storylines for other films.
If a Boba Fett movie is also considered, then everything could fit in for the characters of ‘Solo’. Just like the MCU has been able to give Hulk a storyline in several films without making him the protagonist, something similar might occur for the next Star Wars Stories. It makes sense because the ending of ’Solo’ has many loose ends that other creators can pick up. This could create a great strategy for upcoming movies, but I don’t know how it could work. Fans are worried that the films try too hard to keep everything connected instead of expanding the mythology.
After the surprise appearance of Darth Maul in ‘Solo’, many wondered if it could be possible to watch more of Q’ira and Crimson Dawn. Darth Maul is one of those few characters widely beloved from the prequels and his story after The Phantom Menace has just been developed in the animated series (Clone Wars and Rebels). Similar to Boba Fett, it could be an option to develop other character from canon, either animated or live action. (Confession: I want a Thrown live action movie. It would be nuts.)
Even though the rumors lead to most Star Wars stories doing origin movies for certain characters, I also wonder about how they could do some event-based movies like Rogue One. In this case, they could talk about the creation of the First Order, the Republic, the slavery in Kashyyk (Chewie’s home planet), the formation of the Jedi Council, as well as following an unknown character during the Imperial Academy. It would be nice to have some stories about the Jedi, like their expansion throughout the Galaxy or their origins from the Old Republic. I know that many of these options are also great for a live action series, but I’m curious to how they differentiate between stories for the series and stories for the upcoming films.
With the cameo of Darth Maul in ‘Solo’, more possibilities opened for the connections of different storylines and characters. There’s a lot of hope about what Lucasfilm has in store for the fans as they start improving their well oiled production machine to develop movies, series, and books to expand the galaxy.