The villains of Solo: A Star Wars Story have connections to non-canon Legends publications. In just two months (as of this writing), Lucasfilm will release their latest blockbuster, which is the second spinoff film in the Star Wars franchise. The marketing campaign started up last month at the Super Bowl, with trailers and posters spotlighting the crew of "heroes." Familiar faces Han, Chewie, and Lando Calrissian will be joined by newcomers like Woody Harrelson's Tobias Beckett and Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra.
With much of the spotlight being shined on the protagonists, the antagonists of the piece are something of an afterthought right now. Recently, it was confirmed Enfys Nest, a character seen in the TV spot and full teaser, is the name of one of the villains, but details about him have been hard to come by. But thanks to some toy packaging, the curtain has been pulled back a little more - and we now know who Enfys is affiliated with.
The Star Wars Leaks subreddit (hat tip Star Wars News Net) has a picture of the box for Enfys Nest's swoop bike toy, and as per usual, it includes a brief description on the back. Check it out for yourself in the space below:
The Cloud-Rider gang led by Enfys Nest terrorizes the skies atop the mean-looking swoop bikes. Little more than engines with seats, swoops are hard to control but capable of incredible speed.
After the Disney acquisition, Lucasfilm made the infamous decision to wipe the slate clean by discarding most of the previously published Star Wars materials - rebranding them as Legends. While the studio's creatives have employed this freedom to tell new stories, they have pulled elements from Legends over the years. Noteworthy examples including making Han and Leia's child a dark side user and bringing fan-favorite Grand Admiral Thrawn to Star Wars Rebels. It wasn't long ago Lucasfilm's Leland Chee teased that more Legends characters were about to become canon, and he might have been making reference to this. The Cloud-Rider gang originally appeared in a handful of Marvel comics in the 1970s, where they were known for terrorizing the villagers of Onacra. The villagers reached out to Han and Chewbacca to help deal with the situation. They haven't been mentioned in canon before. Previously, Ron Howard confirmed Legends' Tag and Bink would also be in Solo.
Of course, fans shouldn't expect a direct adaptation of that comics arc in Solo, which seems to be about Beckett and Han trying to make a name for themselves by robbing the Conveyex vehicle. It'll be interesting to see how the canon Cloud-Riders differ from their precursors and how they factor into the narrative. Perhaps more light on their role will be shed when when a longer, more story-based, Solo trailer debuts. Villains have always been a big part of Star Wars promotion, so we should expect Enfys' profile to rise over the next several weeks.
Source: Reddit (via SWNN)
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019