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Solo: The First Bomb of the Star Wars Franchise

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Many people were already expecting Solo to have a disappointing opening. However, the performance has fallen far below expectations. Many people were expecting a little more than $100 million and it has performed below that. This is showing a lot of things for the industry. One thing that it is showing is that production troubles can have an effect on the overall quality of the film, and it is often a bad effect. Another thing that it is showing is that fans are not going to just take anything with the name “Star Wars” slapped on it. Audiences demand good storytelling and a compelling concept.

 

Solo: A Star Wars Story is expected to bomb at the box office since it did not have a strong opening. The reception of the film has not been the warmest either compared to other films such as Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2. Perhaps this is a call for the people in charge of the Star Wars franchise to sit down and look at what they are doing. They have already had to deal with the disappointment that was The Last Jedi.

 

One thing that they have to realize is that people are going to take a previous movie of the franchise and factor that into their anticipation of the next installment. One example is the success of Avengers: Infinity War. People are going to be very excited for the next Avengers film because of how well Infinity War turned out to be. The Last Jedi has disappointed audiences and left them a little weary of Star Wars as a franchise. Solo has made it even worse for the franchise. It is highly likely that even if Star Wars IX is a really good movie, it is not going to have a strong opening.

 

The Dying Star Wars Franchise

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Star Wars has been a household name and a pop culture icon for more than 40 years now. However, some of the most recent films in the franchise have not been met with the best reception. The Last Jedi is the one film that has angered many fans. This is one of the times it has become clear that the Star Wars franchise has went past its peak. As of right now, it is fading. The current phenomenon is the MCU, which has started as little more than a mere franchise that had no chance competing with Chris Nolan when he was doing The Dark Knight.

While the MCU has started off rather weak in some cases besides Iron Man and Captain America, it has eventually found its leg with Avengers. Then it has gone through its phase of being slapstick and overly comedic with films like Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3, both advertised as intense and dramatic installments but turned out to be films of extremely annoying humor, especially in the way they have handled some of the largest villains in the Marvel Universe. Fortunately, the Russo brothers have taken over and have shown that they care about the drama and are aware of the weight of the circumstances.

This is perhaps where The Last Jedi went wrong. They have pulled the Age of Ultron maneuver and teased a darker film. However, what they brought people was a disjointed and desperate attempt for laughs. This is perhaps one of the reasons that people are not that excited about Solo. The worst part is that the next trilogy is going to be directed by Rian Johnson, the director of The Last Jedi.