Now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally debuted in theaters and dominated the box office, the time has come to take the Star Wars franchise back in time to explore the origins of a fan-favorite Corellian smuggler. Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming, and against all the odds, it looks like Ron Howard is going to deliver the film on time later this year and ready for Star Wars' old summer release window.

With the May 25, 2018 release date fast-approaching, but still no trailer, we have decided to compile a list of critical ingredients that need to appear when the Solo: A Star Wars Story footage finally hits the web. There are several key factors to address, so we will get started by focusing on the mysterious villain of the film.

The Villain

One of the most interesting tidbits of information that recently surfaced about Solo: A Star Wars Story was Paul Bettany's reveal that the film would play out like a "gangster movie" set in outer space. This change arguably feels like a far stylistic cry from other entries in the franchise, and that means our hero will likely face off against a big bad who feels considerably different from Darth Vader or Kylo Ren. That said, we're still not entirely sure who Han's main antagonist will be in the final film. Is it Jabba the Hutt? Will we see the origins of Han's rivalry with Boba Fett before the events of the original trilogy? Is Woody Harrelson's Beckett going to betray our hero and turn Han into the distrustful anti-hero that many fans know and love?

How Involved The Empire Is

Building off of that last point, we also want the first trailer to give us a better sense of where the Galactic Empire will fit into the overarching story. The film has been positioned as a gangster movie that will emphasize the scum who inhabit the outer rim planets, but rumors have also suggested that Darth Vader could potentially show up in some form or another. A New Hope establishes that Han has outrun Imperial cruisers before, but we still have no idea if the fascist regime will play a pivotal role in the story, or if it will merely serve as an ancillary threat against the backdrop of a more significant conflict. Neither option would really surprise us at this point, but the first trailer should flesh that out a bit more.

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