Solo: A Star Wars Story spoilers ahead!
Solo: A Star Wars Story tells the tale of famed space scoundrel Han Solo--and we mean the whole story. This movie covers how Han met Chewie, how he met Lando, how he won the Millennium Falcon, how he completed the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs, where he got his iconic blaster, and even how he got his name. If that sounds like a lot of origin to cram into one movie, it's because it is. But those aren't the only Star Wars references in Solo--not by a long shot.
In fact, Solo doubtless features more Star Wars Easter eggs, references, inside jokes, and callbacks than we could possibly spot ourselves. There's even one that Dryden Vos actor Paul Bettany was sworn to secrecy over--and we still have no idea what he's referring to.
That said, we did our best. Here's every Star Wars Easter egg and reference in Solo we've spotted so far. What's your favorite? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below.
And don't miss our other Solo coverage, including our history of the Millennium Falcon, where Solo takes place in the Star Wars timeline, whether C-3PO gets his usual cameo, and everything you need to know about the Star Wars card game sabacc. And since you're not worried about spoilers, we even have a rundown of Solo's most shocking cameo.
1. The Golden Dice
Han's golden dice were featured prominently hanging in the Millennium Falcon in the more recent Star Wars movies, and they were even present in the originals, though they were less of a focus. The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary originally stated that Han used the dice in the game of sabacc that won him the Falcon, but Solo revealed that he had the dice on a chain as a lucky charm even earlier than that.
2. The Imperial March
The famous Imperial March song is heard at the recruitment center on Corellia. It's a fun meta joke that shows the song was actually used by the Empire for propaganda purposes.
3. "So Low"
Did you think "Solo" was Han's natural last name? A fair assumption, maybe, but it turns out he actually got his name from an Empire recruiter on Corellia.
4. Chewie's Bandolier
Chewbacca gets his signature ammo bandolier in Solo, then apparently wears it for the rest of his life, for some reason.
5. Chewie's name
Han notes in Solo that "Chewbacca" is a mouthful, although it appears to be Woody Harrelson's character, Tobias Beckett, who actually gives the Wookie his famed nickname.
6. What's Old Is New
It's a small design touch, but the few non-hologram screens we see in Solo are what we today would consider "old." Like Rogue One, Solo keeps up the design from the original Star Wars movies, despite technology having advanced in the real world since then.
7. The VCX-100
The fictional ship that Han mentions in his first sabacc game with Lando (fictional in the sense that he doesn't have it) is a VCX-100 model. Fans will know of another famous VCX-100: the Ghost from Star Wars Rebels.
8. Teräs Käsi
Emilia Clarke's character, Qi'ra, is a formidable fighter thanks to her knowledge of the "Teräs Käsi" fighting style. Teräs Käsi has been mentioned in Star Wars before, most notably in the title of the 1997 PlayStation game Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi.
Thandie Newton's character, Val, mentions a few other bounty hunters early in Solo. One is Bossk, a Trandoshan bounty hunter who's popped up in Star Wars before, including in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
10. Zan Sisters
Val also mentions "the Zan sisters," which is likely a reference to Zan and Zu Pike, twin sisters and masters of the Teräs Käsi fighting style who first appeared in the 1996 novel Shadows of the Empire.
11. "Han," Like "Pan"
When Han finally meets Lando, actor Donald Glover pronounces "Han" just like Billy D. Williams, the original Lando, did back in the day: like "pan." Han initially corrects him, but quickly lets it go, which apparently leads to Lando pronouncing his name wrong for the rest of their lives.
12. "I Know"
The moment when Han replies "I know" to Lando's "I hate you" is a reference to the famous scene in Empire Strikes Back when Han replies the same to Leia's "I love you."
13. Wizard Chess
We learn in Solo that the Millennium Falcon's Dejarik board was already installed by the time Han won the ship from Lando. In Star Wars, Dejarik is a popular two-player game in which teams of holographic creatures battled each other on a circular board.
14. That's Not C-3PO
C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels has appeared as the iconic golden droid in every live action Star Wars movie--until now. However, Daniels does have a cameo in Solo--just not as C-3PO. You can spot him during the droid rebellion on Kessel.
15. Recognize That Blaster?
Han gets his iconic blaster from Tobias Beckett, then apparently never upgrades to a less cobbled together gun for the rest of his life.
16. Who Killed Aurra Sing?
It's mentioned in Solo that Tobias Beckett infamously killed Aurra Sing, a character who first appeared in the background in Phantom Menace.
17. Warwick's Returning Character
Actor Warwick Davis has appeared previously in Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi, and Star Wars Rebels. But we rarely see his face, as he often portrays an alien or droid. Solo, in which Davis plays the "pirate" Weazel, is one of the only exceptions--and it's even more notable because Davis played the same minor character in The Phantom Menace. He even gets a line in Solo.
18. The Gangster On Tatooine
The Tatooine gangster Tobias Beckett refers to toward the end of Solo is no doubt none other than Jabba the Hutt, who Han will go on to work for, and, later, owe money to.
19. A Good Bad Feeling
The line "I've got a bad feeling about this" is uttered in most Star Wars movies (all if you count droid speak). Solo plays with the line a bit when Han says, "I have a good feeling about this," before flying into the storm.
20. She's In The Ship
L3's melding with the Millennium Falcon may seem strange at first--does anyone remember the Falcon having an onboard AI? But it's actually a reference to a C-3PO line in Empire Strikes Back: "Sir, I don't know where your ship learned to communicate, but it has the most peculiar dialect," the protocol droid says. L3's marriage with the ship explains that quite neatly.
If that wasn't enough, the scene in Solo is punctuated by what we know to be the classic Falcon start-up noise, implying L3 herself may be the source of the iconic sound effect.
21. The Rebellion Begins
Han Solo may be a scoundrel, but he ultimately makes the right choice and hands the goods over to the "pirates" who've been hounding him throughout the movie. It's implied that these fighters form the seed of what will eventually become the Rebellion, indicating that Han was helping them from the very beginning, whether he intended to or not.
22. Han Shot First
The scene in which Han shoots Tobias Beckett is a direct reference to the scene George Lucas changed in A New Hope. In the original version, Han shot Greedo, but Lucas later altered it so that Greedo takes a shot at him. In Solo, we learn that Han really is the type of person who shoots first.
23. Benthic Two Tubes
As Reddit users pointed out, the extremely minor character Benthic Two Tubes from Rogue One appears in Solo, although he's simply named "Tubes" here.
24. The Kessel Run
The Kessel Run Han and the rest of Solo's characters heroically pull off was, of course, first mentioned in A New Hope. In Solo, we finally got to find out exactly what it is.
25. Holy S*** It's Darth Maul
The leader of Crimson Dawn turns out to be none other than Darth Maul, and if you're confused about that, don't worry--we got you covered.
26. Welcome To Dathomir
At the end of the movie, Maul tells Qi'ra to join him on Dathomir, a planet that's popped up multiple times throughout Star Wars history. The planet has a strong association with the dark side, implying Qi'ra is going full evil should we ever see her again.
27. Fair And Square
At the very end of the movie, Han points out to Lando that he won their sabacc rematch "fair and square," a reference to Lando's earlier cheating. It's also a reference to the original trilogy scene between Han and Lando, where Han once again uses the phrase.