Social media and the direct to consumer model has heralded in a new age of Hollywood, where the voices of fans can be heard like never before. With enough support, projects that were but figments of the audiences’ imaginations can become reality. The Snyder Cut of The Justice League exists because fans never gave up on pushing for the projects release. Closer to home, Season 7 of The Clone Wars was green-lit not because of Dave Filoni’s desire to finish the series nor the ability to introduce The Bad Batch to an army of loyal viewers. It happened because of those viewers and their years long campaign to #SaveTheCloneWars.
That #SaveTheCloneWars movement changed the game for Star Wars fans and their belief that they were and are being heard by the creative masterminds behind the saga. Such faith has led fans to push for projects like a sequel to one of the most underrated Star Wars entries, Solo. In 2018, The Resistance Broadcast coined the phrase “Make Solo 2 Happen” to rousing support. The phrase took off and continues to gain support from fans and individuals who worked on the film, such as Chewbacca himself, Joonas Suotamo.
While a formal Solo 2 film still seems far, far away, announced projects such as Lando have given fans hope that LucasFilm will continue the Solo story in one fashion or another. The movie is so rich with enthralling characters and world-building threads that it makes sense to continue the story in one of these 5 ways:
1- Han and Chewie Adventure Serial
The most direct and obvious continuation of the Solo story would be a series, movie, or series of movies telling the tales of Han and Chewbacca in the time between Solo and A New Hope. From its origin, Star Wars was meant to harken back to the serials of old. Following Han and Chewie as they romp around the galaxy would honor that history while still advancing the story forward.
Solo’s ending, with Han officially winning The Millennium Falcon and heading to Tatooine, sets the stage beautifully. The next story could start with Han and Chewie working their first job for Jabba the Hutt, earning his trust and a spot in his cabal. Adventure thus ensues, all the way until the end of the last film or episode in the series, where Han walks into The Mos Eisely Cantina and Chewie meets one Obi-Wan Kenobi.
2- Qi’ra, Crimson Dawn, and the Crime Syndicates
If a continuation of Han and Chewie’s adventures is the most obvious continuation of the story, the continuation fans are most vocally in favor of is Qi’ra and Crimson Dawn. While some of their story has taken place in the comics, an on-screen adaptation of those stories and/or a whole new television or movie series holds a bevy of potential.
By the end of Solo, Qi’ra has killed Dryden Vos and taken his place at the side of Maul, the true leader of Crimson Dawn. It is unclear whether this is a power play, moving her closer to the goal of leading the syndicate, or if she feels trapped in the only life she knows and has decided to stop fighting the current. Either is a compelling place for the character to continue from.
However, it’s not just Qi’ra’s story that could continue in such a show or film. The entire story of the crime syndicates could revolve around her, the choices she makes, and how far she is willing to go to advance her own motives and those of Crimson Dawn. This could lead to a full war between the crime syndicates across the galaxy, opening the door to expand Star Wars into a darker, more nefarious territory it has only briefly visited thus far.
3- Enfys Nest Robin Hoods a Rebellion
From the first trailer in which she appeared, Enfys Nest captured the imagination of many fans. The character design, particularly the mask, echoes the mystery originally present in characters like Boba Fett, and the advancement of her story could follow suit. But, unlike Boba Fett, who at the time of Solo is earning his reputation as the best bounty hunter in the galaxy, Enfys Nest is fighting the good fight of the Rebellion. This provides fertile ground to expand her story in the fashion of a show like Star Wars Rebels.
Rebels started small, focusing on the Ghost team and its fight on Lothal, before expanding into the story of the larger Rebellion, and then bringing it all together on Lothal once more. An Enfys Nest story could follow this framework, beginning by having the Cloud-Riders pulling Robin Hood style missions to take from the crime syndicates to give to the poor. As the story progresses, the Cloud-Riders could either join or work alongside the Rebellion in an effort to take down the syndicates once and for all. This could even cross over with a crime syndicate war taking place in a Qi’ra/Crimson Dawn series/film.
4- Maul Wants It All
Speaking of Crimson Dawn, let’s talk about Maul, formerly Darth. His jaw-dropping reveal at the end of Solo still seems unfathomable. Never before did fans think that a character whose story took place primarily in the animated sphere could appear in a film. But that appearance opened a flood-gate of crossover, with characters like Cobb Vanth, Bo Katan, and Ahsoka Tano all making the transition to live action.
While much of Maul’s story is already filled in, but the era when he is running Crimson Dawn is not. A Solo continuation would have to explore this point in his life, including his relationship to Qi’ra, how The Shadow Collective he built in The Clone Wars devolved into his just running Crimson Dawn, and the tension between the syndicates. This would provide a different angle to Qi’ra and Enfys Nest stories as well.
But there is an even more interesting angle for Maul, and it comes directly from George Lucas. In one of Lucas’ rumored sequel trilogy treatments, Maul was to be the big bad, taking over the Sith throne after the demise of Palpatine (who somehow didn’t return). A pre-A New Hope, post-Solo story could use such an endpoint as Maul’s goal. Maul would be using Crimson Dawn to build a war chest and army to take on Palpatine’s Empire, only to fail. Being that Maul is analogous to Sisyphus, it makes sense for him to continue trying to take down Palpatine, only to have the true Sith Master put him in his place once more.
5- The Young Han Solo Adventures
While the obvious next step in telling the Solo story is to continue on after the film, there is potential to tell Han’s story before Solo. This would have to be a more intimate story, taking place solely on Corellia as Han runs jobs for Lady Proxima. The novel Most Wanted already showed that stories during this time can be compelling and add to the character, so it makes sense for LucasFilm to use that as a springboard into a serial in the vein of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
The downside here would be that LucasFilm would either have to recast a young Han (again) and Qi’ra, or tell the story in a the very limited window wherein Alden Ehrenreich and Emilia Clarke could believable be their younger selves. Andor made this work with Deigo Luna as Cassian Andor. Were they to completely recast, said actors would have the unenviable task of living up to the performances of Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, and Harrison Ford. But it could be done.
All of these stories can be done, and at least one story to continue Solo should. It will take the dedication of fans expressing their love for the product, as they did for Clone Wars, and supporting movements like Make Solo 2 Happen. After that, it is all up to the will of the Force, Kathleen Kennedy, and Bob Iger.