Warning: spoilers ahead for Solo: A Star Wars Story! You've been warned!
With the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, audiences have finally had the chance to see how Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) gets his hands on the Millennium Falcon. The Corellian smuggler wins the famous vessel from Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) in a game of Sabacc, but something about his victory raises several questions that the Star Wars franchise will have to answer. Specifically, the knowledge that Lando's beloved L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) is now part of the Falcon makes Han's victory feel like kind of a mean-spirited move, and we're left to wonder who the Falcon truly belongs with, Han or Lando.
Let's get ourselves up to speed. Solo: A Star Wars Story covers a lot of ground for Han's backstory, and the film ends with him winning the Millennium Falcon from Lando after preventing Calrissian from cheating yet again. The spinoff frames Han's win as a triumphant moment, but it's worth remembering that Han takes the ship fully aware of the emotional toll that Lando paid during the movie, and the genuine love he felt towards L3. With such an emotional connection between Lando and the Falcon, it leaves us seriously convinced the ship may actually belong to him, and that Han's decision to take it feels a bit like a dick move, even by Han's standards.
That's not to say that Han doesn't make a strong case for why he should own the Millennium Falcon. For starters, Lando does put up the ship in the Sabacc game, and Han does win it fair and square. Moreover, Han shows just how good of a pilot he is at several points in Solo: A Star Wars Story's narrative, even legitimately making the Kessel Run in record time.
Of course, it's also worth mentioning that we do have some insider insight into this situation, as well. Specifically, CinemaBlend asked Donald Glover if Lando Calrissian should get the Millennium Falcon back in Star Wars: Episode IX and the actor acknowledged that enough time might have passed that it doesn't belong to Lando anymore. Glover explained
That said, Donald Glover's remarks still don't entirely answer the question of whom the Millennium Falcon should've belonged to this whole time. Lando's love of L3 makes a strong case that he should've kept it, while Han's pure skill as a pilot clearly shows that it ended up in capable hands. This debate could potentially rage on for years, so give us your take on the matter in the poll, below!
Solo: A Star Wars Story is currently in theaters. If you want a more in-depth look at what we thought of the movie, then take a glance at our full review. Beyond that, make sure to check the film out and start getting ready for the December 20, 2019 release of Star Wars: Episode IX!
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Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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