It's surprising that we have another Star Wars film arriving so soon after The Last Jedi, but we do. Solo: A Star Wars Story arrived in UK cinemas at midnight last night, letting die hard fans get their smuggle on. While Solo was never going to be a big a deal as The Last Jedi or Avengers: Infinity War, there will have been plenty of people heading to the cinema to watch the Han-centric prequel as soon as they can - and those people will have had questions by the time the credits rolled round.
So we decided to check Google Trends and see if there was a spike in certain search terms shortly after midnight screenings will have emptied out. There were, and this is what we found.
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As ever with big films, there was a spike in people checking to see if they should wait around until the end of the credits for a special teaser - a trend we can all blame on Marvel Studios. Solo being a Star Wars film doesn't have any sort of credit scene, post, mid, or otherwise, but that hasn't stopped people from double checking as you can see from these spikes at 2:20 and 2:30 am.
Despite his non-appearance in the film, we also get a spike in searches for Han's long-time foil Boba Fett. It's likely that this was either done by people wondering whether he had a sneaky cameo they hadn't noticed, or those that spotted Dryden Vos's Mandalorian armour and decided to see if there was a link.
Finally Solo also featured a surprise cameo in the form of Darth Maul, a character movie-only audiences will have assumed was dead since his fight with Obi Wan in The Phantom Menace. Except Clone Wars revealed Maul was not dead, and Rebels confirmed he lives up until two years prior to the events of A New Hope. Naturally some people will have been a bit confused, explaining this spike in searches between 2:15 and 3:30 am.
Lucasfilm is much better at integrating its TV and movies together than sister company Marvel. Maybe this means Maul has a much bigger future on the big screen than anyone anticipated.