Tobias Beckett's decision to become The Mole for Dryden Vos. Was it a pragmatic decision made because it's the only way to ensure his survival from Crimson Dawn's wrath? Or was it a decision made out of spite because Han was going to sell the refined coaxium to the Cloud Riders gang, who are partly responsible for botching the train heist earlier in the film which resulted in the deaths of Beckett's lover and co-pilot? Or both?
Lando and L3. L3 thinks Lando is in love with her, which is played for laughs when she shares this with Qi'ra. But between Lando's genuine grief when L3 "dies" and the screenwriters' comments about Lando being a pansexual, perhaps L3 is right after all?
Qi'ra's motivations, especially in the end. She betrays Dryden Vos, saving Han's life, but later takes control of the Crimson Dawn syndicate. This suggests her betrayal was fueled by pragmatism rather than any feelings for Han, but after speaking with Maul, she tears up while flying away. Was she realizing she might be in over her head and wishing she'd gone with Han after all, or was she genuinely invested in power and just mourning that she had to sacrifice their relationship for it? Speaking of, did she take control of the Crimson Dawn purely for power or because she thought she couldn't ever leave? Multiple times Qi'ra expresses an interest in not being controlled and a belief that she's changed too much, after all. Then on top of all this... how much might it have to do with possibly being a Force-Sensitive, and being under Maul's thumb and feeling like her destiny lies with the Sith?
Alternatively, Qi'ra's choice to remain was purely for Han's sake. For all of Han's talk, he is constantly under the gun of people he's slighted, all the way to his first appearance in ANH. Qi'ra deciding to place all the blame on Beckett protects Han from Maul's considerable resources, and taking over Vos's position means that she is in charge of the hunt for Beckett and his confederates, a hunt she will never allow to point at Han. In doing so, she gives up both the man she loves and the chance at freedom. Her Klingon Promotion is essentially accepting a gilded cage.
Speaking of Qi'ra, her relationship with Dryden Vos. He tells Qi'ra he considers her the person he trusts most in the galaxy; is he being genuine about that, or buttering her up? Also, the way she talks about it suggests it isn't romantic/sexual, yet Dryden still behaves like it is, infringing on her personal space many times. Is he an Abhorrent Admirer, or is she lying to Han? When she kills him, she just says "I had to do it" in a way that sounds like she's trying to convince herself, which suggests she may have genuinely been fond of him. To what extent, who knows. There's also the possibility that due to his control over her life, she may be suffering from a degree of Stockholm Syndrome to cope with it.
What exactly did Dryden Vos rescue Qi'ra from on Corellia? Given that she's a very attractive young woman growing up on a lawless crime-ridden hellhole, as well as some of her body language around Dryden, some fans have assumed the worst... although Dryden's treatment of her doesn't exactly suggest he's a paragon of respect, either. Furthermore, how much of his behaviour towards her is due to affection/possession, and how much due to the obvious fact that it pisses off Han?
The Empire's invasion of Mimban, also known as the setting of the book Splinter of the Mind's Eye, the very first Star Wars Expanded Universe novel ever. Were they just there to spread peace and order throughout the galaxy? Or was the Empire there to lay claim to the Kyber Crystal, with known Force-Amplification powers? It wouldn't be the first time the Emperor would use military action to further his own Force-based plans...
Did the droids free the human and alien slaves because they saw them as allies in a fight against oppression, or simply because they thought a simultaneous human/alien revolt would provide cover for their own? Or perhaps because they weren't really 'free' in their own heads, they'd just been given an order to 'go forth and 'free' others' by L3, and were carrying it out Sorcerer's Apprentice Broom Style?
Some viewers have pointed out several similarities and contrasts between Qi'ra and Leia, which could potentially put a different light on Han's later relationship with the latter. Qi'ra is the perfect Foil to Leia: both are smart, charismatic, spirited women who prefer to be diplomatic but can also handle themselves in a fight and are two of the only few people who can see Han for who he really is. This might explain why Han is attracted to Leia during the events of the Original Trilogy. He saw a lot of Qi'ra in Leia. This could also have a sadder aspect as well as it reinterprets Han and Leia's relationship. Does Han genuinely love Leia for who she is, or because she reminded him a lot of Qi'ra and he only loved her because she resembles Qi'ra the closest?
In some ways, Han's relationship with Leia can be seen as his relationship with Qi'ra gone right. Leia brings out Han's better qualities and encourages him to be a good person, while Qi'ra, intentionally or not, plays a large part in Han's Cynicism Catalyst. Qi'ra betrays and abandons Han to serve her own interests, causing him to believe he cannot trust or rely on anyone (save for Chewie) while Leia, at great personal risk, comes to rescue Han when he's taken captive by Jabba the Hutt, along with their other friends, proving that there are people he can count on.
L3 becoming a part of the Falcon was meant to be seen as heartwarming, but many viewers saw it as a Fate Worse than Death since her goal was freedom and she's more or less been enslaved forever. The novelization actually supports this, showing that L3 was conscious inside the Falcon and did NOT want to be part of it until the Falcon blackmailed her into joining by pointing out that Lando would die without it, and then forcibly assimilated her.
Americans Hate Tingle: Part of the reason the film became a Box Office Bomb was its shockingly poor performance overseas. In North America it was actually the tenth-highest grossing film of 2018, but in the rest of the world it only managed to scrape together $179m. For perspective, this is $5m less than Star Trek Beyond, a film that bombed badly enough to kill the Star Trek reboot series, earned outside of North America.
Anti-Climax Boss: Tobias Beckett is dealt with not with an intense gunfight, but with a simple surprise shot to the heart by Han while he's talking.
The presence of Twi'leks in the background of the Super Bowl teaser seem to address complaints about the lack of familiar Star Wars aliens in the Sequel Trilogy and less so for Rogue One, the first anthology film. Further confirmed by the presence of a suit of the much-beloved Mandalorian armor in the background of the second trailer. The presence of Pykes in the movie has also been praised, not only because they are another group of familiar aliens, but also since they were only restricted to animation and books prior to this movie. Furthermore, one of Enfys' Cloud Riders, Chussido, is clearly a Rodian, a very classic species from the franchise.
After a bunch of people were upset about Rogue One lacking any kind of opening crawl, this film splits the difference with a brief text intro in the same style as the "A long time ago" card, possibly setting the template for all future side films in the franchise. A number of people also like this take on the idea, since it helps establish the different, somewhat desperate atmosphere of the movie's start - there's no fanfare, no grandness, just the grim reality of life in the gutter of Corellia.
Awesome Ego: Han Solo just wouldn't be Han Solo without an ego the size of the Death Star, or perhaps of Starkiller Base. Many critics and fans alike were delighted to see that Alden Ehrenreich pulled off the character's trademark mix of charisma and arrogance about as well as possibly can be hoped for from anyone not named Harrison Ford - and goes on to show why that arrogance is entirely justified at the same time.
A marketing example. The announcement that the Untitled Han Solo film would be titled Solo was seen as an obvious choice, given that the franchise has been making use of Character Titles recently. Possibly justified, given the Troubled Production and rumors that it was supposed to be titled something else.
Enfys Nest being a woman. One could deduce it only by seeing how petite and narrow-shouldered she is under her suit and that she is the only member in her platoon who has her voice obscured (which even sounds just like Leia's bounty hunter helmet when she did the exact same revelation in Return of the Jedi).
People calling Alden Ehrenreich a "total unknown" are mistaken. Ehrenreich was discovered by Francis Ford Coppola, who cast him in his film Tetro. Much like Ford was, actually. He also previously received a great deal of praise for his role in Hail, Caesar! and it's very likely that it was that very praise what got him the role of Han Solo in the first place.
It's common knowledge that A New Hope used the word "parsec" incorrectly. The original script outright states he's lying through his teeth to impress "the rubes" and that he isn't nearly as much of a hotshot pilot as he claims, which his incorrect use of "parsec" was meant to illustrate. Alec Guinness' raised eyebrow and slight smirk at this boast also suggested that Obi-Wan knew that Han was bluffing. This film, like the Expanded Universe before it, retcons him from being a big-talking huckster into the ace pilot he was merely pretending to be, but lacking the social graces to make people believe him.
Due to the film's Sequel Hooks (namely, Han going to work for Jabba, and Maul's cameo), many fans treat Solo like it had a sequel in the works that was cancelled after the film bombed. While both such hooks will likely be used for future stories, it was never officially confirmed that the film was going to have an outright sequel. The decision to use Maul as Crimson Dawn's boss came from the fact that Ron Howard's son Reed grew up on and enjoyed the prequels, so Ron Howard decided to throw inMaul (out of many other candidates for Crimson Dawn's boss) as a tribute to his son's generation. Even if the Maul cameo was hinting at a future story, it would more than likely not be hinting towards a sequel to Solo, but rather for the Revival of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, in which Maul will likely play a significant part.
Co-writer Jon Kasdan later revealed on Twitter that, while the sequel hooks were intended for future Solo films, he admitted that they were unlikely to be made. "To be honest, I think the challenge has much more to do with the foreign box office than the U.S. Personally, I think there are great Star Wars movies to be made that don't need to cost quite so much. Hopefully that will be the trend in the years to come, and maybe, just maybe that trend will allow us, one way or another, to tell more stories with Alden, Joonas, Emila and Donald. With those actors and RH, I would jump at the opportunity. Given the way Hollywood, and the culture at large, seem to run from anything labeled a disappointment, the odds seem like they're against it happening anytime soon. But, I suppose, Han wouldn't have it any other way."
Han claiming that he learned a piloting maneuver from a friend who died? Fairly standard stuff. Revealing that said friend died mid-attempt takes it straight to comedy territory.
Die for Our Ship: A number of fans expressed disdain for any possible Han/Qi'ra teases, due to Han/Leia being the One True Pairing (or in some circles, prefer Han/Lando). Essentially died down when the movie was released.
A lot of people have really gravitated towards Enfys Nest, mostly due to being a mysterious yet oddly alluring figure and having a really cool-looking costume. Hmm, that sounds familiar. Having a kickass theme song helps too. This only increased with The Reveal that she and the Cloud Riders are actually a nascent rebel cell of various victims of the Empire fighting back, with Enfys herself having inherited the mask from her mother after she was killed resisting Crimson Dawn. There's also a rumor that the actress has signed on for two more films, leaving many to hope she's being set up for a bigger role in future.
Beckett's crew, Rio Durant and Val, are quite popular with the fans despite, or perhaps because of, the fact that neither of them survives the Conveyex heist.
More than a few people have speculated that the giant tentacle monster in the nebula is actually Abeloth, who in Legends was imprisoned in the Maw, the cluster of black holes around which the Kessel Run is located. This has been jossed however, as the creature is an animal called Summa-verminoth.
Many fans have also speculated that Qi'ra will be a Femme Fatale to Han and is secretly an Imperial. They're half-right; she's not an Imperial, but she does abandon Han at the end of the movie.
Similarly, many, many people suggested that Qi'ra might be Enfys Nest, largely due to the above theory and Nest being a masked pirate with no known identity. This ended up not being true, however, as Nest is played by a different actor. adnd one of the trailers clearly showed a scene with both Qi'ra and Enfys in it at the same time and place. Although, as it turns out, Nest is actually female.
Speculation exploded that Boba Fett and/or the Mandalorians would have a role in the movie after the second trailer featured a large animal skull that closely resembles the Mandalorian Krybes◊, as well as a Mandalorian figure in one scene, (although that one was confirmed to just be a suit of armor in Dryden's collection). Ultimately, no Mandalorians appear. Directly. The new shakin' tree is that Enfys might be one, but this isn't addressed directly.
More humorously, some people have suggested that the (apparently female) Wookiee that Chewie is seen lovingly embracing in the second trailer is actually the canonization of Chewie's wife Malla from the infamous holiday special. With the full film, it might well be (Chewie is awfully insistent on saving this Wookiee) but with none of the Shriwook subtitled as always, it's hard to say.
Qi'ra is Rey's mother or grandmother; after a while her double dealing caught up with her and she had to hide out as a petty crook on Jakku, where she hooked up with an equally pathetic guy.
A theory has been making the rounds that Qi'ra will double-cross Maul and strand him on Malachor, thus leading to his state in Rebels.
Some people believe that Enfys Nest is actually Beckett's estranged daughter with Val, and that Val wore the helmet before her but abandoned it when she fell in love with Beckett, since her actress Erin Kellymanplausibly looks like she could be the child of Woody Harrelson and Thandie Newton, and that she hates him because he works for the same people she spends her life fighting. Or alternatively, that she's the child of either Beckett or Val, but not both of them Some people have gone even further and suggested that she's actually Maul's daughter.
Subverted with Enfys Nest. Though she has the Cool Mask, filtered voice, and cool, unique weapon that almost always signifies bad guys in the Star Wars universe, she's actually not evil at all. But definitelystill cool, however.
Qi'ra is a self-serving Manipulative Bitch who doesn't care who stands in her way to get on top, and she's portrayed by the ever-so sexy Emilia Clarke.
Dryden Vos, portrayed by the handsome Paul Bettany. His facial scars don't detract from his good looks.
Fandom Rivalry: Though many enjoy (or dislike) both films, there is a significant intra-fandom rivalry between Solo and The Last Jedi, due to their close proximity in release dates and different approaches to advancing Star Wars lore. Those who prefer Last Jedi tend to argue that it took more risks than Solo and that the latter film was too deeply rooted in franchise nostalgia, while those who prefer Solo tend to argue that it was more respectful of the Star Wars mythos while still telling its own story. The conflict is not helped by Solo earning a lot less than The Last Jedi in theaters, with some Solo fans blaming the divisive reception to the latter filmnote often citing Last Jedi's sharp weekend-to-weekend box office drops in comparison to The Force Awakens and calls for Star Wars boycotts in the wake of Last Jedi while Last Jedi fans claim Solo lived or died by its own merits (or, for those with more sympathy for Solo, citing issues with the film's marketing, production troubles, and disadvantageous release date). Ironically, Solo director Ron Howard and Last Jedi director Rian Johnson both praised eachother's films on Twitter.note There is some contention regarding the fact that Howard retweeted sometweets that promoted Solo at the expense of The Last Jedi, but some have suggested this was simply in jest on Howard's part as he also retweets positive buzz of both films as well.For now, we'll leave it at that.
Just how did Maul manage to rebuild a crime syndicate after the end of the Clone Wars?
And related, how did Maul go from leading one of the most feared crime syndicates during the age of the Empire to becoming a washed-out hermit on a ruined planet? And what happened to Qi'ra in the meantime?
What exactly did Qi'ra do to rise from a petty thief on the streets of Corellia to the very near top of the Crimson Dawn's hierachy, especially under Maul's leadership? Given what he did in the Clone Wars, and how ashamed Qi'ra seems to be of what she's done, it can't have been pretty...
What kind of insidious activities did Qi'ra and Maul get up to while "working closely" together?
What did Enfys Nest and the Cloud-Riders do to aid the growing Rebellion?
Lord and Miller were removed from the film in 2017 due to apparently adding too much moment-breaking humor. Many critics complained about the The Last Jedi, released later that year, for having exactly that.
Donald Glover was a huge fan of not only Star Wars but Lando in particular as a kid, regularly sleeping with a toy of the character that his father bought because it was the only black one he could find.
All those times Han shows physical affection toward the Falcon isn't just for the ship itself, but for L3.
Han's close, brotherly friendship with Luke in the original trilogy and his parental-like bond with Rey in The Force Awakens become this, as we see in Solo that Han was rather like them when he was younger before his Cynicism Catalyst and they likely remind him of his younger self (Rey in particular has quite a similar upbringing, making it seem that Han may have offered her a job on the Falcon partly to give her a better life). Han also has a much more wide-eyed and idealistic view of the universe at this point, just like Luke did; Luke reminds Han of who he was when he first set foot into the wider galaxy.
The fact that Han's initial goals revolve mainly around trying to get back to Corellia to rescue his childhood sweetheart Qi'ra, whom he was forced to leave behind when they were separated. In Return of the Jedi, Leia comes to rescue Han when they're separated.
He's Just Hiding!: Some fans aren't willing to believe that Aurra Sing died from simply being pushed to her death. Even with the lack of context and Aurra going through adaptational Force-depowerment, Aurra has survived Slave I crashing and exploding with her inside. However, given that Maul is also a character in this film, and he came back after being cut in half and dropped down a bottomless pit, it's not impossible that she could still be out there. It's also completely in character for Beckett to lie about killing her.
He Really Can Act: Many people were skeptical of Alden Ehrenreich's abilities to act as Han. Come the film's release, and he's been receiving a great deal of praise.
The line "assume everyone will betray you. And you will never be disappointed" is the Rotten Tomatoes consensus.
Ron Howard eventually directed this film. Way before that, he appeared in George Lucas' American Graffiti, one of Harrison Ford's earlier films!
In the film, Beckett warns Han not to improvise and to instead stick to the plan when they rob the conveyex. This is darkly humorous with the movie's Troubled Production in mind, considering that having too much improvisation is part of the reason why Lord & Miller were replaced by Ron Howard.
In the film, Lando is depicted as pansexual. The fan-made bad translation of Episode V, "The Counterattack Collection", has Lando described as running "the Empire of Love", and asking how to "do Chewbacca".
Han's Arbitrary Skepticism about the Force in A New Hope becomes even more funny when we learn he had One Degree of Separation from Maul, who once choked Bo-Katan with the Force for doubting his abilities. No doubt that if they'd had the chance to meet, Maul would have quickly disabused Han of that idea.
The Night's King from Emilia Clarke's other most famous work has often been noted to resemble a blue Darth Maul. Now she's working with the real Darth Maul!
Just a few weeks after fellow Disney property Avengers: Infinity War, this film also features the surprise return of a (partly) red-faced character who no one expected to ever see in a film again. (At least for casual movie-goers; fans who already knew of Maul's survival weren't expecting to see him here due to potential Continuity Lockout and the type of movie Solo is.)
This is also the second Disney franchise film in a row - and in under a month, no less - to feature a female villain named "Proxima", albeit in a much smaller role.
Lando is not amused when Han's reckless flying causes the Millenium Falconto suffer severe damages, including losing its transceiver dish. Flash forward to Return of the Jedi, and now it's Han who's fretting over Lando damaging his ship in Battle of Endor, and Lando is the one who breaks the dish this time when flying into the Death Star II.
For someone who doesn't really believe in the Force (until The Force Awakens), Han Solo has a knack of dating women who are related to powerful force users. His true love Leia is the daughter of Darth Vader, and now his First Love Qi'ra is revealed to be working for Maul... and, at the very least, sure is proficient in Teräs Käsi, which at least requires an understanding of the Force, if not Force-Sensitivity.
This is now the second Star Wars movie in a row where the protagonist's dark-haired villainous love interest is given a chance to prove their loyalty by the scarred male villain by killing the protagonist, only to kill the villain instead with a blade. Only the genders of the characters involved are inverted.
Original directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller were fired and replaced by Oscar-winning Director Ron Howard after four months of principal photography. Nearly two years after their firing, Lord and Miller went on to win an Oscar for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, while also signing up to direct the sci-fi heist film Artemis, which one would notice has similarities to Solo.
The shippers quickly latched onto Lando casually calling Han "baby." L3-37 also calls their banter "flirting."
Han and Chewbacca taking a shower simultaneously also caused this kind of reaction. At the very least, it proves just how much they trust each other.
"Holy Shit!" Quotient: It's probably safe to say that a lot of people's minds were blown by the return of Maul to the live-action movies for the first time in nearly 20 years. And he's both physically portrayed by Ray Park and voiced by a returning Sam Witwer, to boot!
It's the Same, So It Sucks: One of the reasons for why Han/Qi'ra was looked down on was because of disinterest in another tragic romance as a major point of the movie. It's been done in the Prequel Trilogy, The Force Awakens (by giving Han/Leia a Happy Ending Override), and Rebels, and predictions for the future of the Kylo Ren/Rey shipping after The Last Jedi follow the same path (the popular stance being that Rey and Kylo are in a tragic romance). Instead of yet more doomed love, a number of fans feel that Han and Qi'ra should've been akin to siblings to parallel Luke and Leia or Ezra and Sabine instead.
It Was His Sled: Maul is the boss of Crimson Dawn. Said character had already become a massive case of Late-Arrival Spoiler for a few earlier works in the franchise, so as is pretty much always the case for a new Star Wars movie, news of the cameo spread like wildfire around the internet within days of the movie's release.
Misaimed Marketing: A harmless example, but the film has a tie-in deal going on with Norton Lifelock computer security programs. Nothing says well protect your valuable stuff than having ads featuring Han, who in this film is established as a lifelong thief and smuggler.
Misblamed: Given that Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy is deemed as a target for criticism when anything goes wrong with a new Star Wars movie, many point to her as making things needlessly complicated by hiring Lord and Miller only to fire them midway through production. In actuality, it was writer Lawrence Kasdan who wanted them to work on the project before he later realized that they weren't the best fit for the story.
While a lot of people criticized the film for the sheer number of problems with its production, this would, in fact, hardly be the first time that a Star Wars film has had these issues. That honor goes to none other than A New Hope, which was plagued by so many production problems that nearly everyone, including Lucas himself, thought it would fail. The main difference is that while A New Hope was (at that time) a completely new franchise, this time the film has several incredibly successful predecessors and a very large fanbase — and it's coming close on the heels of the divisive film The Last Jedi.
There were also a lot of people complaining that nobody "wants" this movie, with many stating that this is secretly just Disney trying to milk childhood nostalgia and nothing else. George Lucas himself was already working on on the movie even before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney, with this movie especially being the Kasdans' pet project since that time. And a huge impetus for the creation of the original Star Wars Extended Universe was the ceaseless clamoring for stories about Han and Chewie and more details of their implied history, stretching all the way back to The '80s.
L337's crusade for Droid Rights that defines her character is often brought up as an example of Political Correctness Gone Mad in this movie. Thing is, Droid Rights have been an issue brought in Star Wars Legends here and there for about as long as the old EU has existed, long before Disney bought Star Wars, most notably as the subject of a Flashpoint in The Old Republic and as a possible character motivation in Star Wars Edge Of The Empire tabletop game.
Han just being given the last name Solo because he didn't have a family name was described as hokey by some. The concept dates back to at least the Knights of the Old Republic comic series, where it was revealed that the future Darth Malak was given the name of his hometown as a surname when he fled the Mandalorians.
Near the end of the film, Maul only appears for about a minute, but the sheer unexpectedness of the character's appearance, combined with the performance given, is enough to be incredibly memorable, much in the same vein as Red Skull in Avengers: Infinity War.
Shocking Swerve: The reveal that the Crimson Dawn was working for Maul comes completely out of left field, with no foreshadowing throughout the film aside from occasional mentions that Dryden serves a higher power who is dreaded by many (which could refer to anyone). It's even more jarring to a casual viewer who had probably only seen the films and wondered how Maul survived being sliced in half and falling thousands of feet down a massive shaft in The Phantom Menace, which is only explained in tie-in materials like The Clone Wars and Rebels.
Slow-Paced Beginning: The film has a rather slow paced first act centered around Han's early days and setting up how he wound up working for Beckett and then Dryden Vos, taking around 40 to 50 minutes before we meet Lando and get to see the Millennium Falcon for the first time.
So Okay, It's Average: General critical consensus (though fan reception tends to skew more positive) is that it's a fun little adventure film and a good watch with all the actors doing a wonderful job in displaying the younger roles of their older counterparts. But the story is nothing all that spectacular either and stumbles a bit in its pacing. In stark contrast to the other Disney films in the franchise so far, and even compared to most other Star Wars films in general, you'll be hard-pressed to find someone who flat out loves or hates it.
Rotten Tomatoes critics' consensus: A flawed yet fun and fast-paced space adventure, Solo: A Star Wars Story should satisfy newcomers to the saga as well as longtime fans who check their expectations at the theater door.
Squick: The fate of the Summa-verminoth in the Maw. Fierce monster or not, having your skin shredded off by what is essentially a black hole is not a pretty way to go, and the movie certainly shows it.
Aurra Sing is offhandedly mentioned to have been killed by Tobias Beckett sometime in the past. This is a rather unceremonious end for one of the most dangerous bounty hunters and an Ensemble Dark Horse in both the Canon and Legends continuities of the EU. Although the fact that it's offhandedly mentioned through dialogue by a not entirely reliable source means that it could easily be undone by a writer who wanted to use the character in the future.
Tobias's original crew, Val and Rio, are both killed in the botched train job when so much more could've been done with their characters, with Rio being a friendly Deadpan SnarkerAce Pilot and Val being a no-nonsense Jerk with a Heart of Gold who is one half Battle Couple alongside Tobias. Them being killed despite these interesting traits is similar to how the cast of Rogue One died while with little development despite their interesting potential, and just feels like a waste of characters. Jonathan Kasdan later said he regretted this with Val in particular, as casting as big a name as Thandie Newton gave the audience an unfair expectation about how big her role would be.
When it was revealed the giant tentacled being in The Maw Cluster is a creature called Summa-Verminoth, quite a good deal of Legends fans felt this was a missed opportunity to bring Abeloth back into canon, more so considering The Maw was where she was imprisoned. Granted, there's a good chance we haven't seen the last of the cluster yet.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Many people think the leader of Crimson Dawn should have been someone other than Darth Maul because that character's life has already been explored, and he already has a canon death, so there can be few surprises.
Too Cool to Live: Beckett's pilot, Rio Durant, and lover, Val, both of whom were badass and likable characters. Both of them die during the Conveyex heist to make room for Han and Qi'ra on Beckett's crew.
Tough Act to Follow: In an odd case of this, Solo came just a few months after The Last Jedi - one of the most ambitious and strongly-polarizing films in the franchise. In that sense, Solo's decision to play it safe is likely one reason it didn't do well; people who loved The Last Jedi for its big messages and willingness to experiment would have little interest in a film that has neither, and people who hated The Last Jedi for its messy structure and iconoclastic treatment of prior canon had written off Solo to begin with.
Easily the biggest one happens at the very end of the film, when Qi'ra contacts the Crimson Dawn's boss: Darth Maul. Especially so for people who hadn't seen The Clone Wars and Rebels and thus didn't know that he survived his apparent death in The Phantom Menace.
As controversial as the casting of relative unknown Alden Ehrenreich was for Han, many fans were delighted by the casting of Donald Glover as Lando, considering that he was the unanimous top pick among fan-castings for the character.
After the PR disaster that naturally came with firing the original directors from the project, Ron Howard sharing content from the set of the film did a lot to help reassure fans that the movie was in good hands.
The release of the teaser during the 2018 Super Bowl also quelled a lot of negative buzz around the film, along with the trailer a day later.
The second trailer showed a lot of promise, with its more adventurous and fun tone, and a more solid look at how well Ehrenreich's portrayal of Han holds true to Ford's.
WTH, Casting Agency?: Alden Ehrenreich being a relatively unknown actor bearing little resemblance to Harrison Ford cast doubt over his ability to portray Han Solo. Upon the film's release, however, Ehrenreich received a lot of praise for his performance as a younger, more idealistic Han Solo who gradually becomes more cynical. There are several moments, mostly towards the end of the film, where he sounds very much like Harrison Ford in the original films, making it a possible case of Ability over Appearance.