The name of Solo: A Star Wars Story's mystery villain may have been revealed through movie theater merchandise. While the franchise has given audiences some of the most iconic cinematic heroes of all-time, the galaxy far, far away is well-known for some memorable antagonists. After 40 years, Darth Vader is still the face of the property and Adam Driver's Kylo Ren is one of the most compelling villains in modern tentpoles. Other evildoers such as Emperor Palpatine, Darth Maul, and Grand Moff Tarkin have also given the films intimidating figures. Whenever a new baddie is introduced, they have a high bar to clear.
Last month, Lucasfilm finally peeled back the curtain on Solo, providing details about the young Han and his circle of friends he'll be hanging out with. One aspect the studio has kept under wraps so far is the spinoff's villain. To date, Paul Bettany's crime boss is the closest thing Solo has to an antagonist, but the teaser trailer spotlighted a helmeted figure staring down Han in a scene straight out of an old Western. This character has gone nameless through the marketing campaign, until now, that is.
Star Wars fan site YakFace did some digging and uncovered a set of Solo bottle toppers that will be available at GoldenLink locations. The collection includes Han, Chewbacca, Lando's droid companion L3-37, an Imperial range trooper, and Enfys Nest. Nest clearly is the aforementioned character from the teaser, with the distinct helmet serving as the giveaway. YakFace also discovered some Solo graphics bearing the Enfys Nest name.
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This isn't the first time the Nest name has been associated with Solo. Per Star Wars News Net, the phrase "Int/Ext Nest Bumper Car" was included on concept art, implying Enfys is a speeder pilot (and not the location Emlys Nest as some originally thought). Since Han is going to be racing himself, it's possible Nest is a rival of his on the circuit. Previously (due to toy leaks), it was believed this character was called "Moloch," but that apparently is not the case. For those looking for connections to the larger franchise canon, Enfys Nest does not appear to have even been mentioned in published materials, meaning this would be an all-new addition to the galaxy. Many had believed Boba Fett or Jabba the Hutt would fill the villain roles in Solo, though their involvement probably would have been revealed by now.
Enfys seems to be the one battling Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) on top of the train-like vehicle in the Super Bowl spot. One of the few Solo plot details we do know is that Beckett and his crew are looking to rob the Conveyex and land a big score. Piecing those clues together suggests Nest is indeed one of the primary villains and could have a substantial part to play. Hopefully there's more to him than just a cool-looking costume a la Captain Phasma. As we get closer to Solo's premiere, more details about Enfys should be revealed.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019