For an even more apt comparison, compare to how Obi-Wan went out in Star Wars. The death of Obi-Wan had nothing to do with establishing Vader as a villain. Vader was already fully established. Heck, if any movie gets to the third act and STILL hasn’t established its villain, it’s definitely time to go back to the drawing board. Obi-Wan was already in full “passing the torch” mode to Luke. His legacy was preserved in his pupil. The potential shock and horror of the moment is IMMEDIATELY defused by Obi-Wan’s spirit voice showing that he isn’t truly gone. Finally, in the end, we see that Obi-Wan HAD to die in order to be available to Luke as a guiding “force” so that they could save countless lives together. Obi-Wan’s death met essentially all of the same criteria Logan’s death did to qualify as a swan song worthy of a hero and as a death the audience could actually feel mostly good about.
Great essay.
Eric Sansoni
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This Obi-Wan comparison is terrific, and something I bailed on in my essay because I couldn’t get the compare-contrast right — and you did it right here.

There’s also the fact that Kenobi is certainly the mentor character in the monomyth, and cramming Solo into that character just doesn’t work; he hasn’t walked the path of the hero because he is not the older version of the magical hero, the one who has been down this road before — Luke is.

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