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Ron Howard says the love for Solo online hasn’t gone unnoticed

November 4th, 2020 by Marc Comments

Like many things in fandom, Solo: A Star Wars Story, which was cooly received on release, has been gathering momentum among fans who are rediscovering it and are only to happy to put their love for it on display.

I, for one, really liked Solo – sure, you could argue it was unnecessary in a lot of ways, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a fun little movie that had some really nice parts and nods to other parts of the franchise – so I’m more than happy to let people know that I really enjoyed it; heck, compared to The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, it was god-tier Star Wars.

And, with that, I’m pretty happy to say that director Ron Howard seems to be hinting that the new love for the movie, as well as the #MakeSolo2Happen online campaign, has not gone unnoticed and, indeed, could lead to the story being finished… love or hate the movie, you’d be hard-pressed to argue that the story didn’t leave off on a tantalising note.

“I think there is interest in those characters. I think there’s interest in [the] gangster world somewhere down the line,” Howard says.

“One great thing is that there’s been a lot of affection shown for Solo kind of in its afterlife, and so of course that keeps boding well for them to eventually turn it around.”

We know that screenwriter Jonathan Kasden has previously hinted that the second movie would be more of a Darth Maul movie and would have focused on a war between Maul’s Crimson Dawn, the Pykes, and the Hutts, as was set up at the end of Solo when Maul made a fan-pleasing return.

On top of this, on Halloween night, Kasden tweeted an image of the cast and director in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon (below), writing: “Still feel a twinge of regret this didn’t make the cut. Guess we’ll just have to do it in Solo 2.”

In a time where we’re getting the Snyder Cut of Justice League, it looks like Micheal Keaton AND Ben Affleck are returning as Batman and it’s all but confirmed we’re getting a live-action Into the Spider-verse with Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield looking set to return, it’s not that hard to imagine that, riding on the back of The Mandalorian’s success and the recent movies’ cool reception, Disney might just look to a corner of the galaxy that fans want to return to for future stories.

If nothing else, it would be great to see the characters and plot back in some of the Disney+ shows… the Star Wars universe is moving forward in movies, TV and animation at the minute, so I’d be happy to take more in whatever way they give us it.


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….