Even though it sounded like a terrible idea from the beginning, Solo: A Star Wars Story managed to turn out much better than we were expecting it to be. Despite a troubled production that saw the replacement of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller with Ron Howard and extensive reshoots that wound up pushing the film’s production costs to upwards of $300 million, Solo manages to be a fun heist movie set in the Star Wars universe that expands the franchise in some small, yet surprising ways. While primarily focused on tell Han Solo’s origin story, the film makes time to throw in references to more obscure Star Wars stories, as well as some nods to other film franchises.
Here are 15 Easter eggs that you may have totally missed in Solo: A Star Wars Story (and if you haven’t seen the movie yet, be warned that there are a bunch of SPOILERS below).
15. Blaster Pistol Scope, Explained
In Solo, we learn that Han’s signature DL-44 blaster originally belonged to his mentor figure, Beckett (Woody Harrelson). While it’s not much of a backstory (and to be fair, we really didn’t need any backstory for how Han got his pistol), it at least explains the gun’s odd configuration in a subtle way that doesn’t beat viewers over the head. The presence of a scope on Han’s blaster has seemed like an odd choice from the start, especially with its placement on the right side of the gun. However, since Beckett favors using his left hand to shoot, the scope’s location makes a lot more sense, since Beckett would use his left eye for targeting.