Since we introduced a few incompatible SE API changes and we'll have to bump SE API version anyway, we could try implementing this in 10.5.
Originally plugins were intended to use declarative approach, e.g. plugin/fulltext/plugin_example.c is an example of such approach. It fills in simple_parser_descriptor and passes it via plugin descriptor to the server.
However SE API implements dynamic approach for no apparent reason. That is server (ha_initialize_handlerton()) allocates handlerton and then passes it to a plugin for further initialisation via plugin->init() call.
We should attempt switching it to declarative approach, which means 1. extending st_mysql_storage_engine like:
2. removing hton argument from SE plugin->init(hton)
3. making use of plugin_decl(plugin)->info->hton rather than hton