Disney Responds To Criticism Over Removal Of Guns From Solo Posters

Disney recently received criticism when fans pointed out that the guns were edited out of posters for the upcoming Star Wars movie "Solo". Side by side comparisons revealed the original posters depicted the film's main characters with their blasters while another set of the same posters had the weapons edited out and the result is rather awkward looking.

You can find both versions of the posters here: Hilarious: Disney Releases New Solo Posters, Without The Guns

Since the film's announcement, the production has been plagued with controversy starting when the head of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy fired the film's directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord despite the filming being approximately 70% complete. Kennedy cited creative differences for the last minute termination. Veteran Hollywood actor and director Ron Howard was then hired to wrap up the film's production.
Reports of problems on set also surfaced stemming from the film's lead Alden Ehrenreich reportedly having issues on set leading to a special acting coach being hired. Then, when the film finally released posters for the film, they were remarkably similar to 2015 Sony jazz album covers causing fans to call out Disney for plagiarism. The similarities are undeniable all the way down to the color scheme used for the four character posters.

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Earlier this week, fans called out the company for pandering to social justice warriors when they removed the character's weapons from the posters. Now, Disney has come forward to explain the reasoning behind different posters pointing out that the posters which have the guns edited out were released by the companies Brazil counterpart who are pushing a more family-friendly image for the film.

With recent the gun violence in Parkland, Florida school shooting, fans put the two together and assumed the weaponless posters were the result of the gun debate but Disney says that isn't the case. The Brazil posters were released without the guns at the same time as the U.S. versions which did feature the weapons. So the posters were never "changed" since the Brazil versions never had the guns, to begin with.

Now that Disney has explained the weaponless posters, it seems they were actually not the result of the gun debate in the U.S. but rather the decision of the companies Brazil headquarters. The confusion could certainly be more easily cleared up if the release of marketing materials was standardized across Disney.

Solo: A Star Wars story is still slated to release in May and the next trailer is expected to arrive in the coming weeks, possibly debuting before the new Avengers film Infinity War.