We all know where the story of Han Solo leads. And those of us, like myself, who stay up to date with the modern Star Wars canon probably already knew a great deal of what happened in this film (albeit, only in vague details). For me, while I enjoyed Solo and will no-doubt add it to my yearly Star Wars marathon, it felt like it was just ticking off the boxes of what we’ve come to expect from this character’s origins. He joins the Imperial Army, he frees Chewbacca, he desserts, he becomes a smuggler, he does the Kessel Run in twelve parsecs (if rounded down), and then he wins the Falcon off of Lando. And the film literally follows every one of those plot beats. But this does open up a much wider door for the inevitable follow-up.
I’ve vocally expressed disinterest in giving every Star Wars character their own spin-off movie, instead wanting more new and original stories like The Last Jedi or Rogue One, but as reported this week by the Hollywood Reporter, Logan’s Oscar nominated director James Mangold is apparently set to write and direct a Boba Fett movie. If you asked me two weeks ago if I wanted a Boba Fett movie, it would’ve sent shivers down my spine. No, thank you. Not here, not now. But having come out of Solo, buzzing from that secret cameo, a Boba Fett movie not only makes perfect sense, but it’s a story I’m now dying to see.
On the surface, this Maul reveal looks to be setting up a direct Solo sequel. That’s what I initially took from his cameo. But when you start to reflect on the Han Solo we met in A New Hope, this can’t be the case. When Han meets Luke, he’s a skeptic who would sooner pull the ears off a gundark than admit to believing in the force. Which basically means there’s no way he could came face to face with Maul, a powerful force user armed with a double bladed lightsaber, only to just stop believing the force exists a couple of years later. It wouldn’t make sense for his character. But do you know who could run into him? Boba Fett.
Not only have both actors signed on for a trilogy of movies (and presumably Emilia Clarke has too, since her character seems to have strong ties with Maul), but having them reappear in the Boba Fett movie just makes sense. What I want to see is a dark, gritty gangster film that deals with a war between all the different syndicates already set up in both Solo and The Clone Wars. We could spend the first act of a Boba Fett movie establishing Fett as a Logan-esque antihero, before bringing him in to start working for Jabba, as well as Han, Lando, Chewie, Greedo and maybe even Bossk, who already got a name drop in Solo.
This is the story I wanted the first Solo movie to be. Sure, Solo is fine, but you could still follow the basic plot elements ticked off in this film while also adding in a more epic, personal story along the lines of what this apparent sequel seems to be setting up. Why not have Maul be the adversary in a film that also features the Kessel Run? It would’ve transformed a decent film into a great one, but since that isn’t the case, I’m shockingly excited for where they’re taking this franchise next. But even if they do literally nothing from this article (which is obviously very possible), I have enough faith in James Mangold to be assured that the Boba Fett movie is in great hands.
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