Star Wars fans looking forward to the upcoming Han Solo movie may notice something different in the updated poster.
The new design removed Han Solo’s gun from the promotional material.
In a move of digital trickery to change iconic characters, Disney has released new imagines of Solo: A Star Wars Story’s cast without their iconic blasters. The change on the Solo posters came after the media uproar about guns following the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida last month.
This is being seen by some fans as the biggest perversion of the cannon since they made Greedo shoot first.
Disney and Lucasfilm already landed into trouble with the posters for allegedly plagiarizing a 2015 album covers by a French artist. The posters were redesigned with one sheet for each character, and besides a font change, the entire cast suddenly was missing their weapons. The original design of the actors sporting their blasters can still be seen in the international promotional material.
Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han Solo’s arm was hastily photoshopped to his side to replace the image of the space-scoundrel aiming his weapon. The same can be said of the other characters new, rushed-looking , imagines.
Fans already skeptical of the franchise’s move into leftwing politics following 2017’s The Last
Gender Studies Professor Jedi believe the disarmed imagines were a result of Disney reacting to gun hysteria. The company possibly left the weapons in the international releases to attempt to please all sides of the argument.
The decision seems to make no one happy.
#movieweb Latest Han Solo Posters Lose the Guns – A series of new Solo international posters come in both gun and no gun versions that are sure to please everyone and no one at the same time. https://t.co/YtlTw0vmi3
— West Virginia Topics (@dubvNOW) March 16, 2018
Disney erased the blasters from the HAN SOLO posters. We are dangerously close to an E.T. style guns-to-walkie-talkies re-release here folks… pic.twitter.com/CyDT2ylQKu
— Christopher Webster (@ChrisDWebster) March 16, 2018
— dragon's daughter (@yeahclarke) March 14, 2018
Disney hasn’t commented on its decision to disarm Solo and the other characters in its marketing materials, but the Parkland shooting appears to be the most likely culprit. Yet Guns and American culture are just as inseparable as Han Solo and his blaster…or so we thought.
Solo: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters on May 25th.
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