How ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Might Set Up the Boba Fett Movie

Just hours before Solo: A Star Wars Story opened in theaters, it was reported that Lucasfilm is moving forward with a Boba Fett spinoff movie. Although the infamous bounty hunter does not end up appearing in the new movie, it does seem to subtly set the stage for his solo debut.

Here’s how it might have done so, including the way Han himself could end up in the film (page 7)Warning: spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story ahead.

1. Darth Maul appears in the movie

Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Darth Maul is back. | Lucasfilm

  • Yes, Darth Maul really has returned. 

Most people assumed that if a fan-favorite character was to appear in Solo, it would be either Boba Fett or Jabba the Hutt. Boba seemed especially likely since there were rumors of him getting a spinoff soon.

But no, the character that ends up appearing is none other than Darth Maul. One of the final scenes of the film reveals that Maul was the sinister boss Dryden Vos reports to; Qi’ra communicates with him, and he summons her to Dathomir.

It turns out that Maul is the head of Crimson Dawn, which makes sense seeing as he led a criminal alliance in The Clone Wars.

Next: We’re probably going to see him again soon.

2. Maul’s cameo seems to be set up for an upcoming movie

Darth Maul, wearing black robes, and looking intensely into the camera

Darth Maul’s cameo may be hinting at what’s to come. | Lucasfilm

  • What is the purpose behind Maul’s cameo?

It seems like the Darth Maul cameo is intended to set up future Star Wars content. If this was just meant to be a one-time appearance, the scene probably wouldn’t end on the ominous note of Maul summoning Qi’ra to Dathomir.

Indeed, in an interview with i09, screenwriter Jon Kasdan said that Maul “comes with so much narrative richness that to glimpse him has power and the promise of stories to come.”

Next: Could this be the next time we see Maul?

3. Maul could be the villain of the Boba Fett movie

Darth Maul

Darth Maul may be a villain in a future film. | Disney XD

  • This could be how Maul comes back.

So what exactly is that future story? You might assume it’s the Obi-Wan movie, but you’d probably be wrong about that; the battle between Obi-Wan and Darth Maul already took place on the TV show Star Wars Rebels. It also seems unlikely that Maul would be the main villain of a potential Solo sequel, if only because Han doesn’t believe in the Force in A New Hope.

But what does seem possible is that Maul will be the villain of the Boba Fett movie. It would make perfect sense for this movie, again centered on the criminal underworld of Star Wars, to involve the legendary bounty hunter being at odds with Crimson Dawn and with Maul being the primary antagonist, especially seeing as we know Boba formed a bounty hunter syndicate at one point.

Next: The ending of Solo leads into this.

4. The end of Solo sets up Jabba the Hutt’s return

Jabba the Hutt

Jabba the Hutt could also play a part in an upcoming movie. | Lucasfilm

  • Jabba the Hutt is mentioned at the end of Solo.

Solo itself also begins to take us down a path that leads to Boba Fett. After all, near the end of the movie, Tobias Beckett tells Han Solo about a big-time gangster on Tatooine who is putting together a crew for a job.

Although Beckett ends up dying, Han takes his tip; the film ends with Han and Chewie leaving to meet up with that gangster. His name is not mentioned, but the characters are obviously speaking of Jabba the Hutt.

Next: Could the ending actually be setting the stage for the Boba Fett movie?

5. Boba Fett could be part of that crew

Boba Fett in Return of the Jedi

Boba Fett may also be involved. | Lucasfilm

  • Boba Fett is one of Jabba’s top mercenaries. 

If Jabba the Hutt is putting together a crew for a job, it seems likely that Boba Fett will be on it. After all, Boba works for Jabba the Hutt in the original trilogy and is one of his go-to mercenaries. We see Boba standing alongside Jabba when he goes to confront Han Solo in A New Hope. Boba later brings Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, to Jabba.

The same way Solo explained aspects of Han’s backstory like the Kessel Run, it would make sense that a Boba Fett movie — assuming it is indeed a prequel — would explain how he got involved with Jabba the Hutt, and perhaps he does so by first participating in this job that’s mentioned at the end of Solo.

Next: This character could be a part of that movie, too.

6. Han Solo could appear in the Boba Fett movie

Chewie and Han in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Is this how Han Solo will return? | Lucasfilm

  • We could see Han again, but not in Solo 2.

Much has been made of the fact that Alden Ehrenreich has signed on to play Han Solo two more times after Solo. But that doesn’t necessarily mean there will be two more Solo movies. Instead, what if Ehrenreich reprises the role in the Boba Fett movie?

Maybe the film will be sort of a spiritual sequel to Solo that shifts focus to Boba Fett but also has Han in it as a major character. The two may participate in the same job for Jabba — the job mentioned at the end of Solo. This would fit with the fact that Han seems to have some awareness of who Boba Fett is in Return of the Jedi.

If that’s the case, Lucasfilm could be setting up a loose trilogy of Star Wars movies set before A New Hope that focus on the criminal underworld; the first can be Solo, the second can be the Boba Fett movie, and the third can be the Obi-Wan movie.

Next: But it’s possible the movie won’t happen anymore.

7. Will the movie still happen after Solo underperformed?

Han and Chewie in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Plans may have changed following Solo’s underwhelming performance at the box office. | Lucasfilm

  • Will Solo‘s financial performance impact these plans?

It’s worth mentioning, though, that if this is the plan, it’s unclear if it will still happen. After all, Solo has been seriously underperforming at the box office, debuting with a disappointing $84 million opening weekend.

It remains to be seen what lesson Lucasfilm will take from that; maybe it’ll go forward with its current plans but decide not to release Star Wars movies so close together from now on. But it’s also entirely possible that Solo‘s performance will convince the company to move away from these spinoffs focusing on individual characters for the foreseeable future.

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