Marvel’s Star Wars #6 shook the fan community in a way that had me sit back, relax, and grab a bucket of popcorn. When the comic book issue was released earlier in June, one Twitter user wrote, “Han Solo is married? Preparing for internet meltdown. Goodbye, sweet tubes. It was fun while you lasted.” Another fan wrote, “WHAT THE FRIGGIN HELL? HAN SOLO WAS MARRIED. EFF YOU DISNEY. EFF YOU!”
Jason Aaron’s twist caught everyone by surprise. Some loved it, others didn’t care much for it, and many more simply hated it because the mentality is that the only person Han has ever been with is Leia. Right? Wrong. Given his scoundrel nature, it makes sense that Han has been involved with other women prior to meeting Leia. We don’t know the full story of Han and Sana Solo’s fractured relationship, but I appreciate the fact that Aaron and the Lucasfilm Story Group gave us the beginnings of a storyline that shattered old perceptions.
That said, what about Leia? We know she was the youngest senator ever elected to the Imperial Senate. We’re also aware that she carried out humanitarian work and provided assistance to those suffering across the galaxy. The rebel cause eventually took precedence and that led her in the hands of Darth Vader at the start of A New Hope. Was there room in there for a love interest? We’ve all been there. We’ve all had our first crush, so why not the Princess of Alderaan?
That’s where fandom comes in.
With fans getting more excited for the return of Star Wars Rebels later this fall, one can’t help but play around in the Star Wars universe sandbox to help pass the time. We’re all hoping to see a young version of Leia down the line, and since both Leia and Ezra Bridger are the same age, the imagination takes over. What if Leia’s first crush is on the blue-eyed Padawan? I’ve seen so many people call out the similarities between Ezra and Disney’s Aladdin, that I finally gave in and made my own reference:
Johnamarie Macias (@BlueJaigEyes) July 06, 2015
Some people even suggested that this setup could potentially make Sabine jealous, but turning one female character against another is not only bad writing, it’s also been done too many times. Instead, Sabine should act as the older sister type, smack Ezra upside the head, and help him with his girl troubles.
Of course, nobody really has time for this, since they’re all trying to fight against the Empire, but it’s a fun and cute ship to think about. It’s also a sad one because we don’t know what Ezra’s fate will be. It’s uncertain if their paths will cross, but given Ezra’s role in the early stages of the Rebel Alliance and Leia’s relationship with Bail Organa, the encounter would make for a few good stories.
Here’s a small collection of Leia and Ezra fan art to aid you in your new found feels for this ship: