AFAIK, Stormtroopers are part of the Imperial Army, but as a semi independent corps. This is quite common in real life military forces. The SAS, for example, was formed as a semi independent body, but still part of the British Armed Forces, and therefore could be subject to orders from other branches on occasion.Am I the only one who wishes Han had just been a Stormtrooper? I was really, really, really hoping that the "Stormtroopers aren't part of the regular Imperial Army" nonsense from the WEG sourcebooks (which almost every writer ignored, considering the ubiquity of Stormtroopers vs. the virtual non-existence of Imperial Army Troopers, even with Solo) would've been junked along with the rest of the old EU stuff that never worked, was demonstrably wrong most of the time, and yet stubbornly remained canon.
Past a certain point, what's demonstrated in the movies as well as most games, books and comics should take precedence over what some RPG sourcebook written during the franchise's fledgling years. And in this case, despite what it says about the Stormtroopers, their being used by the Empire for almost everything ought to, in 2019, mean they are the Imperial Army. We even saw an Imperial Army general commanding Snowtroopers, a type of Stormtrooper, in ESB. Or is Veers a Stormtrooper general now? Apparently not. "General Veers, prepare your men." Not "General Veers, prepare some guys from this other branch of the military."
All reinforcing this old WEG stuff does is create problematic questions like, if there's an Imperial Army, where are they all the time? And why do the supposedly elite Stormtroopers and their variants keep being used for duties the separate Army ought to be performing if they exist?
Although in fairness to the second issue, that's also true of the Navy Troopers (who, unlike the WEG-invented Army Troopers, existed in the franchise since day one). A lot of EU, new and old, likes to forget they exist, too. I'm still especially annoyed at Rebels constantly using Stormtroopers for duties aboard Star Destroyers, and basically ignoring the existence of Navy Troopers until literally the last episode (and then Timothy Zahn goes and writes about a strong dislike for the Stormtroopers among the Navy and especially Thrawn's crew - y'know, Thrawn, who used Stormtroopers in Rebels; does one hand not know what the other is doing in this franchise?).
I get what you're saying. And yeah, i wished they had just made him a stormtrooper as well.Nevermind, then.
in the original origin story, he was a pilot. on a slave ship, transporting wookiees.
he was disgusted by the treatment of the wookiees and he staged a mutiny.
he freed chewbacca, and the rest is history.
--> Kasdan was stupid to just rewrite his own version of an iconic Origin Story.
that would be like changing Superman's Origin to make him a government experiment instead of an Alien Refugee.
or changing Spiderman's Origin so he gets his powers from the Tesseract instead of the radioactive spider.
you can't just change the Origin Story of popular and iconic character... the fans will revolt and you WILL lose money at the box office.
One of the origin stories that is constantly chaned within the one run of a comic is Captain America. Sometimes he drinks a potion...sometimes he is injected with a serum...so on so forth. It annoyed me as a kid, still kind of bugs me as an adult. We never got to see past the inital story offered up for Solo, so these things could still happen. Maybe not in the order or manor we think they did. Legends tend to get more robust along the way and I think thats how they would explain it.Origin stories get changed all the time.