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‘Solo’ Won’t Be Having a Sequel Anytime Soon

As a franchise, Solo will stand alone.

The director of the 2018 movie Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ron Howard, recently crushed the hopes of fans for a Han Solo origin story sequel.

“The only discussion that I’m aware of about a sequel for Solo is coming from the fans at this point,” Howard told NME. “I don’t think it’s a Lucasfilm priority, as I understand it.”

A chilling bantha milkshake for fans anticipating a sequel to Han Solo’s origin story recently arrived from 2018 Solo’s director, Ron Howard.

While praising Glover’s performance, EW’s review of the movie at the time called it “a wafer-thin palate cleanser before the next big course,” calling it a competent placeholder.

Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy made some comments after Solo’s release that the studio later walked back, leading to rumors about a potential Lando spin-off.

Glover admitted in 2018 that he might be open to going out solo, though not necessarily.

“It would always be fun to be Lando again,” Glover stated during a Solo: A Star Wars Story Town Hall. 

“The movie, I feel like, is wide open. This part of the universe without the – I feel like, with the Skywalkers, it’s hard because it’s almost like the Bible. There’s a story that you have to tell and the lineage of that family. I feel like out here it’s like, yeah, we’re just like husters and gamblers and space pirates, essentially, so you can do a lot more and have a lot more fun.” 

Box Office Struggle

Solo struggled at the box office, taking in only $36 million in its opening weekend, a far cry from the $130 to $150 million that analysts had predicted it would bring in.

On the other hand, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story made $155 million on its opening weekend in 2016. Overall sales of Solo reached $393.2 million.

Howard continues to hold out hope. 

“The folks from Lucasfilm love the fans and really do listen, so I would never say never. But I’m not aware of any concrete plans right now to extend the story or deal with that particular set of characters,” Howard said in an interview with NME.

The second season of Disney+’s critically acclaimed Rogue One prequel series Andor is already in the works.

A Lucasfilm representative didn’t respond to EW’s request for comment immediately.

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Disney+ Original Series

With the company’s greatest works streaming and the vault open, Disney+ has original programming for every generation and genre.

Before taking off for a far-off galaxy in the Star Wars universe, explore the Marvel Multiverse.

View the company’s creative process from a behind-the-scenes perspective or follow the Beatles as they prepare to record their final studio album. 

Disney+ is a streaming service that the whole family can enjoy together, provided you can come to an agreement on what to watch. It offers a repertoire full of shows and franchises that are sure to bring back memories.

Muppets Now

With the latest format, which caters to children who might recommend YouTube over traditional broadcast, The Muppets enter the digital era. 

The six-episode series modernizes the original Muppet Show’s variety show format for today’s audiences. 

Each episode consists of a number of fragmented, independent portions that portray each Muppet as the star of their own YouTube series, as opposed to straightforward sketches and performances.

The series features an impressive cast of human celebrity guests, including Roy Choi, Seth Rogen, Linda Cardellini, Danny Trejo, and Aubrey Plaza, in keeping with long-standing Muppet tradition.

Prop Culture

Dan Lanigan, the host of this endearing, nostalgic docuseries, examines legendary Disney films through a distinctive lens: locating iconic props and reunifying people with the films’ creators. 

Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Mary Poppins-themed episodes, as well as other Disney classics, Lanigan passionately demonstrates the extraordinary power of tactile cinematographic objects. It constitutes once-disposable items that have acquired more historical, cultural, and interpersonal value than their creators ever imagined. 

Christopher Lloyd, Danny Elfman, Jason Schwartzman, and even the elusive Rick Moranis are among the guests.

Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel is a teenage coming-of-age comedy first and a superhero tale second, similar to Shazam and Spider-Man: Homecoming. 

The show centers on Captain Marvel superfan Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), who discovers that her newfound abilities do not automatically fix the issues she encounters at her close-knit Pakistani-American family and Jersey City high school.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah directed Ms. Marvel’s pilot, the most inventive episode of Marvel TV to date before their Batgirl film was abruptly canceled. 

The first episode of the series has a lot more visual flourishes than we’re used to seeing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it shares an aesthetic with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. 

Colorful animated sketches and text messages that seamlessly blend into the background of numerous scenes represent Kamala’s thoughts.

Star Wars: Visions

For good reason, animated anthology series are popular on streaming services (hello, Love, Death & Robots), as they enable a variety of artists to express their boundless creativity in brief bursts that wouldn’t fit on traditional television or in movie theaters. 

Seven Japanese animation studios were hired by Lucasfilm to create whatever short stories they desired in a galaxy far, far away for Star Wars: Visions

Henry Golding, Lucy Liu, David Harbour, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are just a few of the voice actors who appear in each episode, each with their own distinct visual aesthetic.

Big Shot

Volatile coach Marvyn Korn (John Stamos) reluctantly accepts the only option he has left: inspiring and molding the struggling team at a private girls’ high school in San Diego after a gametime outburst costs him his career in NCAA men’s basketball. 

Korn encounters difficulties with the school’s teachers, parents, administrators (including a terrific Yvette Nicole Brown), and even his own daughter in his quest to regain control of the basketball world. 

The show’s creators are Brad Garrett, Dean Lorey, and David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) (star of Everybody Loves Raymond).

The Mandalorian 

Even though shows like Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Book of Boba Fett debuted more recently, The Mandalorian is still by far Disney’s best live-action Star Wars program. 

The series blends cowboy films, samurai tales, and episodic sci-fi serials, and it simultaneously feels like a logical continuation of George Lucas’ early work and something entirely new. 

The Mandolorian, which takes place five years after Return of the Jedi, centers on an enigmatic bounty hunter (Pedro Pascal). He encounters both new and recognizable characters along the way, such as Kuiil (Nick Nolte), Greef Karga (Carl Weathers), and Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito).

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The Beatles: Get Back

The most popular band in the world breaking up at the height of their fame is depicted in Peter Jackson’s breathtaking three-part documentary. 

The Beatles returned in 1969 to their roots by setting a record the old-fashioned way: four people sitting in a room together, writing music and forcing new songs into existence. This follows a run of painstakingly crafted albums and an extended tour break.

The band is an underdog put in a difficult situation since they only have a few short weeks to develop, record, and play a new album in time for a televised concert special, despite their overwhelming accolades and unrivaled commercial success.

With their efforts, they produced the album Let It Be and a now-famous rooftop performance, but as Get Back demonstrates, even the most accomplished artists’ struggle to create high art doesn’t come easy, even for the greatest band in the world. 


To bring down a New York crime syndicate during the Christmas season, Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), a frequently overlooked original Avenger of Marvel, joins forces with eager young archer Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld). 

This one is one of Disney’s few superheroes flicks that viewers can enjoy even if they are unfamiliar with the constantly expanding Marvel lore. 

Hawkeye stands out because it intentionally focuses on new cast members like Bishop and villain Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox), the latter of whom will be the star of a spin-off show in 2023. 

Although it has links to Black Widow and a particular Netflix series (spoilers at the link), Hawkeye continues to stand on its own.

Photo: EW