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It’s the strange word heard ’round the galaxy ― or at least ’round “Star Wars” fandom ― and it sounds a lot like “Maclunkey!”
The new Disney+ streaming service includes a host of “Star Wars” content, including the one that started it all: “Episode IV ― A New Hope.” The original 1977 release famously featured Harrison Ford’s Han Solo firing first at the bounty hunter Greedo during an encounter at the Mos Eisley cantina on Tatooine.
The scene was edited later to show Greedo firing first because, in the words of “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, he didn’t want his hero to be a “cold-blooded killer.”
The new edition unveiled this week tweaked that sequence again. Just before he shoots at Han Solo, Greedo yells something that sounds like “Maclunkey!”
In the Disney+ version of Star Wars Greedo now shouts "MACLUNKEY" before getting shot. This is now my favorite version because why the hell not? MACLUNKEY! #starwars #maclunkey pic.twitter.com/k1XmP8wAZT
In the Disney+ version of Star Wars Greedo now shouts "MACLUNKEY" before getting shot. This is now my favorite version because why the hell not? MACLUNKEY! #starwars #maclunkey pic.twitter.com/k1XmP8wAZT— Eric Fell (@ericfell) November 12, 2019
There's more to #maclunkey than you think: @swankmotron remembered Sebulba using the word as a threat in Episode 1, so I did the homework -- he was right.— Sean Buckley (@seaniccus) November 12, 2019
The pronunciation is different, but Greedo's new last words were already established in Star Wars. That means a lot. https://t.co/pNwWPEqsiY pic.twitter.com/t2aJYzUT9V
#Maclunkey— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 12, 2019
Just because it’s so weirdly funny.
I crosschecked the Disney+ version of A New Hope with the original scene and the 2011 remaster. Maclunkey is real and new. We are living in a maclunkey world and I am a maclunkey girl. https://t.co/wkugp0BQxF— alexis nedd (@alexisthenedd) November 12, 2019
Hats off to the king of the long game pranksters, Sir George Lucas, who made yet another bizarre and unnecessary change to the "Han shoots first" scene in A New Hope and has kept it buttoned for *SEVEN YEARS* waiting for Disney to find out. Absolute badass #Maclunkey legend. pic.twitter.com/DU3gO1sTSh— Kippy Woo (@TygerWhoCame2T) November 12, 2019
Maclunkey shot first https://t.co/wVrRIIcJ6k— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 12, 2019
"Maclunkey" has the exact same vibe as "Oh yeah, Duff Man!" from The Simpsons, which makes sense since Disney and Fox are now the same company.— Julia Alexander (@loudmouthjulia) November 12, 2019
So, yknow, synergy. https://t.co/dYvykGryHh
if you paid attention to the extended Star Wars canon you would know that Maclunkey is Greedo's partner, who was one week from retirement when Han killed him. the line is a devastating rebuke— James Wades (@jamesodinwade) November 12, 2019
This is both the dumbest and greatest thing on Disney+. https://t.co/9Aezo4RNBx— Jen Chaney (@chaneyj) November 12, 2019
i can't believe they changed the Han/Greedo scene yet again pic.twitter.com/vRK5mtiupc— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 12, 2019
So.— Li'l Miss Scorpio Thanksgiving ???????????????? (@emilyabclark) November 13, 2019
I'm going to Galaxy's Edge tomorrow.
For the first time ever.
Where do I scream out Maclunkey?
In Greedo's language "Maclunkey" means "please don't shoot, I have a wife and children who depend on me" but sure, make your little jokes.— Sean Thomason (@TheThomason) November 12, 2019
actually maclunkey means echuta— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) November 13, 2019
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