'Maclunkey': Disney Plus 'Star Wars' Greedo edit leaves fans perplexed

Over the years, Star Wars fans have been stumped continuously with slight, yet extremely noticeable changes to a variety of iconic scenes in the much-beloved franchise thanks to a number of edited and remastered releases (most notably in 1997, 2004, 2011, and now, 2019).

And with the launch of its new streaming service, it seems Disney has included yet another surprise for fans: a “new” edit crafted by Star Wars creator and mastermind, George Lucas.

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In the Disney+ version of the cult classic sci-fi film, Greedo (the Rodian bounty hunter) now blurts out what sounds to be “Maclunkey,” before meeting his tragic fate.

The never-before-seen edit takes place during the infamous Mos Eisley Cantina scene in 1977’s A New Hope, where viewers are introduced to main protagonist Han Solo (Harrison Ford), right before he shoots and kills Greedo.

Since the launch of the streaming service on Nov. 12, the unknown and untranslatable word (“Maclunkey”) has been perplexing fans across the globe.

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Despite years of being adjusted to make it look like Greedo shot first, in the heart and minds of thousands of dedicated Star Wars fans Han actually shot first — as depicted in the original theatrical release of A New Hope.

But according to Disney+, not only did Greedo shoot first, but he got the last word in the showdown, too.

Now, the newly discovered edit seems to have shifted the focus from the age-old “Who shot first?” debate to speculation surrounding what exactly “Maclunkey” might mean.

Here’s what some Twitter users had to say:

Though the meaning and reasoning behind “Maclunkey” has not yet been explained, fans seem to be enjoying themselves speculating over the matter.

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lucas, 75, made the since-viral change before Disney acquired the rights to Lucasfilm in 2012.

The launch of Disney+ also marked the premiere of the first-ever live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian.

In addition to the upcoming Star Wars exclusive, Disney+ will be home to a plethora of all-new Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) series, including Hawkeye and Loki.

An Obi-Wan Kenobi-focused series is also set to make its way to the service in the near future. It will star Ewan McGregor.

Additional details can be found through the official website.

adam.wallis@globalnews.ca

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