Solo: Han Funded The Rebellion, Apparently
Han Solo's new cinematic origin story gave us a lot of answers to questions no one had, such as where he got his gun and his last name. Thankfully, the film stopped short of adding a scene wherein Han's life is saved by a vest salesman or he contracts some kind of smirk virus. While these moments may irritate fans, nothing compares to the way Solo completely negates Han's character arc in the original Star Wars. When we first met Han, he was just a random petty criminal who wanted nothing to do with the Rebellion. He was only in it for the space bucks.
Lucasfilm"So you've got your reward and you're just going to
complete the hero's journey that made these movies watchable in the first place leave?"
After taking off with his reward money and disappointing his new friends, Han triumphantly returns in the end, blasting Darth Vader so that Luke is free to murder the Death Star. What a surprising change of heart! What a great character arc! Except, it seems ... it wasn't?
Solo revolves around Han and his pals trying to get their hands on a load of coaxium -- super-valuable fuel that no one's ever mentioned before, presumably due to some kind of Force magic. After finally getting 60 million credits' worth of unobtani- sorry, coaxium, Han promptly hands it over to ... a scrappy band of teenagers? They inform Han that his generosity will be used to (sigh) fund a "rebellion."
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Walt Disney Pictures"We'll always remember your generosity ... until you show up and we treat you like a complete stranger in a few years."
This pretty much torpedoes everything great about Han's arc in the first Star Wars. His journey from bar-dwelling scoundrel to noble hero is completely undercut if eschewing financial reward for the greater good has been his jam for years.