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Solo: A Star Wars Story's biggest unanswered questions

Solo: A Star Wars Story has arrived in theaters, and it finally answers all sorts of questions fans have been asking for decades — like how Han and Chewie first met, how Han really won the Millennium Falcon from Lando, and where those lucky dice come from. But for every long-held Star Wars riddle the film answered, it may have actually posed even more. So if you left the theater with your head filed with questions — such as "if Solo isn't Han's real last name, what is?" — don't worry, because you're not alone. 

Luckily, we're here to make it better. Oh, not with any answers; not even George Lucas knows what's going to happen next in the Star Wars universe anymore. But we're here to help sort through all the dangling plot threads and loose ends so you can focus on what, exactly, the final act of the saga's latest anthology entry leaves us with. Here are the biggest answered questions in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

What is Qi'ra hiding?

When Han is finally reunited with his long-lost love Qi'ra, it should be a joyous occasion. But it isn't, because Qi'ra is clearly hiding something — or many things — from her one-time boyfriend. Tobias Beckett hints several times during the film that Emilia Clarke's character has done all sorts of terrible things, and she tells Han as much. Han being Han, of course he doesn't really believe it. 

We do, though, which makes us wonder: what exactly is Qi-ra hiding? She says she owes the late and unlamented Dryden Vos some sort of huge debt, and she has that brand from the Crimson Dawn on her wrist. And whatever deal she's made, it prevents her from going with Han at the end. It's telling that when Han asks her how she got out, she says she never did. There's obviously some sort of important story there, but until and unless we get a sequel, it seems we'll just have to wonder exactly what Qi'ra had to do to get off of Corellia that has her so indebted to Darth Maul

Speaking of which...

Wait, Darth Maul?

Fans who went to see Solo: A Star Wars Story on opening night got to hear a sound never before heard in human history: an entire theater full of people simultaneously pooping their pants. That's what happens when one of the coolest — and most under-utilized — villains in movie history makes a shocking appearance, totally out of nowhere. Considering Darth Maul was cut in half in 1999's Episode I: The Phantom Menace, though, many fans were probably wondering: wait, what?!

We know the answer, as it's been long established in cartoons like Clone Wars that Maul actually survived being cut in half. He later ended up getting some new robot legs to replace his lost limbs, and if you listen closely during his brief scene in Solo, you can hear those metal gears whirring. 

Fans also know what eventually happens to Maul, as the cartoons showed that some time after the events of Solo, he was trapped for years while searching for an ancient temple before finally escaping and tracking down Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine in a very brief and ill-fated attempt to get revenge. But while we know how Maul eventually dies in the Star Wars universe, we don't know how his presence affects Qi'ra, Han, and the rest of the gang following the events of Solo. Are we going to see Han and Chewie face off against Maul in a Solo sequel? Is Qi'ra going to become his apprentice? At one point in Solo, Lando actually mentions being inside an ancient temple — was this foreshadowing Maul's future entrapment?

Why Maul is in Solo, and what it means for a potential franchise, is one question we can't wait to see the answer to.

What about the other Wookiees?

When Chewbacca is rescued from slavery by Han, he explains in a heartbreaking sequence that all the Wookiees were enslaved and driven from their home world, and he's on a quest to find them and reunite with his tribe (or family — Han's grasp of the language is still kind of fuzzy at this point). But when he finally finds some of his fellow Wookiees, after helping them escape from bondage he just... kinda leaves.

That opens up all sorts of questions. Who exactly are these other Wookiees? Fans had speculated that they might be his wife Mallatobuck and his son Lumpawarrump, but since there are no subtitles during their scenes together, we don't actually find out whether or not they're Chewie's family, his tribe, or just some fuzzy randos. Where do they go and what happens to them when Chewbacca leaves? Why does Chewie decide to stick with Han instead of his people? What role do the Wookiees play going forward?

We've got a lot of questions about the Wookiees. But so far, only Chewie knows the answer — and if he's telling us, we sure aren't understanding it. 

What happened to L3?

Arguably the biggest breakout character in Solo is Lando's first mate, navigator, and possible love interest L3-37. So when L3 tragically dies during the slave uprising she incited, it's both moving and oddly triumphant. 

And then they take part of her brain and upload it into the Millennium Falcon, with Lando declaring that she's now part of the ship.

Sooo... that leaves us with a bunch of questions. Does this mean L3 is actually in the entire original trilogy, not to mention Force Awakens and The Last Jedi? Is it possible that at some point between Solo and A New Hope, Lando and the gang are able to extract L3's consciousness from the Falcon and give her a droid body again? And considering her entire deal was advocating for equal rights and free will for droids, isn't it really unfortunate that she ends up just being used as a mindless tool at the whim of others?

Here's hoping we get L3 back somehow in the future. 

Did Enfys Nest start the rebellion?

At the end of Solo, Enfys Nest — the leader of the so-called outlaw gang that's been dogging Tobias Beckett throughout the film — tells Han that she's going to use the millions of credits from the stolen shipment of coaxium to fund a rebellion to fight against the Empire. This bombshell seems to suggest that Enfys Nest is actually the founder of the Rebel Alliance that we all know and love from, like, every good Star Wars movie ever made. 

So, did Enfys Nest actually start the Rebellion? If so, what happened to her? Why have we never heard of her before? Or is it possible we have heard of her before, just under a different name? She suggests at one point that she's simply playing the role originated by her mother — so if this isn't her true identity, what is? Could she somehow be related to Rey? And if Han was in on the ground floor of creating the Rebellion, how come this never came up before?

Here's hoping we get to learn a lot more about Enfys Nest in the future. Which brings us to...

Now what?

In April of 2018, Solo star Alden Ehrenreich revealed that he was under contract for three films. And it seems clear that Solo is setting things up for a trilogy — or more. With major plot threads around the Crimson Dawn, Qi-ra, and Darth Maul left dangling, not to mention the fate of the Wookiees and the birth of the Rebellion, Solo seems prepared to fill in the gaps of everything that happened between the end of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

But will Solo actually get a sequel, or a trilogy? Will another Solo movie show us the answers to all these dangling questions, or will fans be forced to read the wiki page about some tie-in novel to get the answers instead? And will Lando finally get the standalone feature film he so clearly deserves? We'll find out for sure sooner rather than later, because the answers to those questions can be found right now in your wallet — and how much money fans end up spending on Solo

So... how much are these answers worth to you?