Does the title Solo: A Star Wars Story do the film justice?

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The Prequels

Episode I was The Phantom Menace, referencing Darth Sidious and Darth Maul — and maybe Darth Plaguies? Let’s not open up that can of worms. Sidious was manipulating major key events behind the scene and literally acting like a phantom, a ghost for the Jedi order’s fleeting attempts to track him down.

Episode II is Attack of the Clones, which has to be the greatest argument against my case since the title is pretty cheesy, but the title still has more substance than the Solo movie. Attack of the Clones is a direct connection to how Dooku posed as Sifo-Dyas, with Darth Sidious playing puppet master once again, with his clone army being what he needed to eventually overthrow the Jedi. The entire war was exactly what Sidious wanted, as the clones attacked, Sidious became fueled by the Dark Side making him hysterical, with the outcome implementing the true revenge of the Sith.

Speaking of Revenge of the Sith, Episode III was the final installment of a thousand years of planning by the Sith. They were finally able to overthrow the Jedi and defeat them once and for all, or so they thought. Revenge of the Sith is a direct reference to what Darth Bane had initiated generations before, that eventually the Sith would become so powerful by having just a Master and Apprentice only. One to harness the power, while the other craves it. It was cool seeing the original title for Episode VI — Revenge of the Jedi — coming back around, mostly, which was later scrapped for Return of the Jedi.