Solo: A Star Wars Story stunned audiences with a surprise cameo by Darth Maul – does this mean we’ll be seeing more of him in future movies? While most people probably think Darth Maul died at the end of Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, he’s had a full life in recent non-movie material, making perfect sense of his Solo appearance.
After being billed as the next great Star Wars villain, the first movie character other than Darth Vader with the “Darth” moniker in his name, Maul was both a highlight and a disappointment, as his menacing character design and epic action choreography were the makings of a great villain, only for him to seemingly be killed off by Obi-Wan Kenobi – not to appear again in live-action until his Solo: A Star Wars Story cameo.
With such a spotty explanation for his sudden Solo appearance, it’s understandable that viewers would immediately have questions, but the prospect of another Darth Maul live-action appearance is also an exciting idea. Unfortunately, it’s not clear when or how this plot thread will be continued, but we have a few ideas.
How Did Darth Maul Survive?
Unbeknownst to most people that don’t follow Star Wars stories outside of the movies, Darth Maul didn’t die after Obi-Wan Kenobi cut him in half. He dug deep into his rage and wrapped himself in the dark side of the Force to preserve his life. He made onto a garbage hauler that deposited him on a junkyard planet known as Lothor Minor.
He’d live there for a number of years, slowly losing his mind, obsessing over his final battle and Kenobi until he was recovered by his brother, Savage Opress, and given new robot legs. At this point, the Clone Wars were in full swing, and he saw Palpatine had moved on without him. He had been groomed from an early age to command the armies of the Emperor’s uprising, but that role instead had gone to Count Dooku. Maul felt like his grand destiny had been stolen from him and vowed revenge.
Instead of leading Sidious’ armies, Maul infiltrated a Mandalorian mercenary group, Death Watch, and used them to slowly gain control over all the major crime organizations and cartels, rallying the Pyke Syndicate, the Hutt Clans, and Black Sun under his control. He uses this force, now the 3rd largest military force in the galaxy after the Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, to invade and take over Mandalore.
Immediately before the events of Revenge of the Sith, possibly even overlapping with the timeline of the movie, a republic assault, led by Ahsoka Tano, was able to oust Maul and save Mandalore. After this, Maul disappears from canon for years, and for a long time, fans didn’t know what he was up to until he showed up in Star Wars Rebels, which takes place just a couple years before the events of A New Hope. But now, thanks to Solo: A Star Wars Story, we know what he was up to during that time.
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