Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on May 25 – just 114 days from now – and we still haven’t seen one second of footage from it. Leaked Lego sets provided a glimpse of what to expect, including a different design for the Millennium Falcon. Our first legitimate details come from AMC Theaters of all places. AMC reveals three planets that are in the film.
Fans who are familiar with Han Solo’s expanded-universe backstory likely won’t be surprised by any of these locations. The first is Corellia, Solo’s homeworld. If this planet is designed in the same way it was in the Corellian Trilogy books (which are no longer canonical), it contains within an artificially created star system governed by the Empire. AMC goes as far to say, “certainly that’s where Han’s story will begin,” and we’ll likely see a young Solo trying to make ends meet as a podracer.
Next up is Mimban, swamp world first appearing in the 1978 novel Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, which takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Mimban is a swampy jungle world, not unlike Dagobah. The leaked Lego sets showed off Mimban stromtroopers, and it appears Solo will tango with them on this harsh planet. The book detailed Mimban as a place rich with Kiburr Crystals. AMC speculates we’ll see the Empire mining them for the Death Star.
The final planet mentioned is Kessel, a location every Star Wars fan knows thanks to Solo bragging about the Falcon making the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. We’ll likely see that moment play out in the film. Thanks to tweeted images from director Ron Howard, we also know we’ll see Kessel’s spice mines. If we witness Solo as a spice smuggler, we may get a look at Jabba the Hutt again. Here’s hoping he looks more like his Return of the Jedi counterpart, and not the abomination that was in the special edition of A New Hope.
Fans of Marvel’s film universe can also learn more about the forthcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie by reading about it. A new Avengers: Infinity War Prelude comic-book series released last Wednesday outlines the narrative path leading up to the film. The story shows off Iron Man’s new armor, presents the location where some of the Avengers are heading, and hints at Bucky finding a cure for his Hydra brainwashing. There’s a chance we won’t see those last two beats in the movie. The Prelude comic is a two-parter with the next installment launching next month. Infinity War opens in theaters on May 4.
No one really knows what is happening to God Particle, the next installment in J. J. Abrams’ Cloverfield movie series. The forthcoming film has been delayed numerous times, most recently from February 24 to April 20. The Hollywood Reporter is now saying God Particle may not hit movie theaters at all, and may head to Netflix instead. The story states Paramount is in discussions with Netflix to bring the film to the digital platform, which seems a little odd given just the success of both Cloverfield films at the box office.
Marvel is also giving us an early look at what comes after Infinity War in the first teaser trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, set for release in July. I loved the hell out of the first film, and the same lighthearted vibe is clearly conveyed in our first look at the sequel. It has more of a Honey, I Shrunk the Kids vibe to it, but it works, especially for the action we’re seeing. Check out the trailer below:
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