So, you know Han and Chewie are best friends and on their way to more adventures, but what are the Solo Easter eggs you definitely missed? When it was first announced that Disney had cast Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo, fans excitedly tried to guess at what part of Han's life would the film depict. Would the movie follow the smuggler's escapades from the expanded universe, or would it forge its own unique tale? Wisely, Solo mostly goes its own way, but that doesn't mean the film isn't chock-full of references to the greater Star Wars canon.
Like other modern movie franchises, Star Wars movies are crammed full of nods to works that came before, and Solo is no exception. Director Ron Howard is clearly a student of the series, and he made sure to show off his deep-cut knowledge with a ton different allusions and callbacks to reward longtime fans.
The Corellian Hounds Are Inspired By 'Willow'
Screenwriter Jon Kasdan revealed on Twitter that the Corellian hounds that chase Han and Qi'ra at the beginning of the movie were an homage to a beloved film from Ron Howard's early career: Willow. Kasdan added the creatures before Howard was brought onto the project because the death dogs from Willow always scared Kasdan when he was a child.
L3-37 = L33T
Some fans may notice that L3-37's designation looks like internet slang. Her name is a variation on "l33t" meaning elite or extremely good at video games. It could also be a reference to somebody's ability to hack computers, which seems to be more in line with L3-37's skill set.
Masters Of Teräs Käsi
It's mentioned in Solo that Qi'ra and Dryden Vos both employ a martial arts style called Teräs Käsi. This isn't something that was made up for the movie—it's existed in the expanded universe for some time. While it's popped up in books like Shadows of the Empire, the most infamous iteration of the fighting style has to be the video game Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi. Released in 1997 for the original Playstation, it is regarded one of the worst Star Wars games of all time.
Ron Howard's Brother, Clint, Makes A Cameo
When Ron Howard took over as director from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Solo became a much different film. Howard's stable presence guaranteed the movie would be a bit less risky and possibly not as funny as the 21 Jump Street directors' version. It also practically ensured that Ron's brother Clint Howard would make an appearance. Clint's been in more than a dozen Ron Howard films, so it only made sense to see him cameo organizing droid fights in Solo.