April 1, 2016, was a big day for Star Wars fans and talented pranksters.
In addition to being April Fools’ Day, it was also the day of the highly anticipated digital release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
— Blu-rayDisc Reporter (@BlurayReporter) March 30, 2016
Therefore, it’s not very surprising that someone found a way to essentially blend those two things together, creating a hilarious meme which consisted of an April Fools’ Day prank that also paid tribute to the seventh Star Wars movie.
*WARNING: Star Wars Movie Spoilers Ahead*
Cartoonist Luke McGarry achieved that goal successfully by poking fun at the infamous spoiler that made headlines (and hashtags) of its own when the movie was first released in theaters last December.
One of the most epic scenes of the movie was when Han Solo, a longtime favorite of the Star Wars franchise, was killed by the film’s main villain Kylo Ren. The fact that Kylo Ren was Han’s son made his death scene even more painful to watch, especially for fans that have been enjoying the Millennium Falcon’s record-setting captain since the very first Star Wars movie.
— joel bowker kofi (@joelbowkerkofi1) March 30, 2016
What is a better way to get over the emotional hump of Han Solo’s death than to poke fun at it? That is apparently the approach taken by cartoonist Luke McGarry. McGarry successfully blended Star Wars and April Fools’ Day together in the same meme by poking fun at that infamous spoiler.
— BRAINFART (@brainfart_comic) April 1, 2016
As seen in the first frame of this Star Wars April Fools’ Day meme, Han Solo makes a triumphant return, appearing at the front door of his best friend and longtime sidekick Chewbacca. He even says, “Chewie, I’m home” — a line similar to the epic line that he says in Star Wars: The Force Awakens during his very first scene.
— Today Tech (@Today__Tech) December 17, 2015
— Chris Woodfield (@CWoodfield83) March 24, 2016
Still get Goosebumps everytime Han Solo says to Chewie “we’re home”. #StarWars
— celticsfan22 (@celticsfan221) March 21, 2016
Many Star Wars fans likely remember the screams and moans that Chewbacca made moments after he became an eyewitness to Han Solo’s murder and tragic death. The possibility that he was still alive and would eventually make his way back home with an epic and dramatic entrance was in the minds and hearts of many moviegoers. Even though the film ended without Han Solo coming back, there are still quite a few people hoping for Han Solo to return in the next movie.
The second frame (and inevitable punchline) of this Star Wars April Fools’ Day comic revealed that it was never Han Solo at Chewie’s front door after all. On the contrary, it was just Finn playing a horrifying, line-crossing April Fools’ Day prank on the Wookie.
When he posted this Star Wars April Fools’ Day meme on Twitter Thursday, McGarry referred to it as the “cruelest April fools joke of all.”
— Luke McGarry (@lukeymcgarry) March 31, 2016
— Luke McGarry (@lukeymcgarry) April 1, 2016
Regardless of how you personally feel about Star Wars or April Fools’ Day, chances are that you would likely agree that McGarry’s cartoon blends them together beautifully.
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