Marvel's "Star Wars" comic book series by Jason Aaron, John Cassaday, and Laura Martin was one of the biggest comics of the year when it launched at the beginning of 2015. Set between the first two films in the original trilogy, "Star Wars" follows the main cast of Luke, Han, and Leia as they continue to bring the fight to the Empire after the destruction of the Empire. And it just dropped a huge bombshell about Han Solo's past.
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Han has a wife, and her name is Sana Solo...
Here's why this is such a big deal: When Disney took the reins of the "Star Wars" franchise, they wiped the slate clean—the only "official" story was the one that took place over six films and the "Clone Wars" animated series. It was a drastic move shifting decades of beloved novels, video games, and comics from the realm of "could conceivably be an extension of the movies" to "definitely not an extension of the movies." While most of those stories aren't going away, it was upsetting to some fans to see a ton of great, ongoing Expanded Universe stories summarily swept away. What they did next was even more drastic: As of April 24, 2014, every new "Star Wars" story was an official part of the canon — that includes the "Rebels" animated series, the Marvel "Star Wars" comics that launched in 2015, and several novels — a contribution to the wider tapestry of the "Star Wars" universe. Everything counted.
So yes, as far as Lucasfilm, Disney, and Marvel are all concerned, this is Han Solo's official backstory now. He has a wife named Sana Solo, following the events of Episode IV, and she is very, very mad at him. There is one caveat to this, though—since comic books are probably the most serial narratives in popular fiction, they thrive off misdirection and cliffhangers. It's possible that there is some explanation to this that'll downplay the legitimacy of this marriage, in order to keep the romance between Han and Leia intact. For now though, Leia is also mad at Han Solo, but she more or less can't stand him until the end of Episode V anyway.
But maybe the people in charge really are serious about this new change, and want to put Han through the wringer a bit before sending him off to Hoth and all that "The Empire Strikes Back" entails. Whatever happens next, it'll be interesting.
Also, feel free to watch the new Star Wars trailer that was revealed at Star Wars Celebration!