CS Soapbox: Will we ever see a Darth Maul live?
Ever since the Sith Lord played two on one with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn, Star wars fans wanted more of Darth Maul. While he didn’t say much Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, his acrobatic style, unique appearance, and iconic double-bladed lightsaber have made him one of the franchise’s most memorable characters. George Lucas probably had no intention of bringing Maul back after he fell apart in the core of the planet Naboo; however, thanks to his popularity, Maul endured well beyond his initial demise.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars revealed (much to fans’ delight) that Maul survived his injuries following his duel with Obi-Wan. By focusing on his hatred for Obi-Wan, the former Sith Lord (voiced by Sam Witwer) was able to overcome his mental and physical limitations, eventually regaining his full strength. The Lucasfilm animated series not only fleshed out Maul’s backstory, giving him plenty to say and do, but made him a central character as he attempted to dominate the galaxy with the Shadow Collective while simultaneously seeking to take revenge on the man who dismantled it and the master who abandoned it. him.
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Do not mistake yourself. Star wars and Maul’s animated exploits have been great, but nothing compares to the bread and butter of the franchise: live action. Aside from his live appearance in Épisode I, Ray Park only played Maul another time, in Solo: A Star Wars Story. This movie is set around 8-10 years after the Clone Wars and follows a young Han Solo before Star Wars: A New Hope. Solo’s love interest in the film, Qi’ra is a lieutenant in Crimson Dawn – an emerging crime syndicate. At the end of the film, Park makes a cameo as Maul, who is revealed to be a figurehead of Crimson Dawn.
Solo: A Star Wars Story prepared Park’s Maul for future live appearances, having ordered Qi’ra to meet him on his home planet, Dathomir, so that they could work “more closely.” Sadly, the film’s lackluster performance was reshaped on its own. Star Wars’ cinematic future. Instead of risking franchise fatigue, with several films retreading events with / around the Skywalker saga, the success of The Mandalorian Disney / Lucasfilm is focusing on the small screen, leaving the future of the big screen uncertain (the High Republic?). Any planned continuation of Solo: Star Wars Story has since been scrapped.
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The interesting thing about all of this is that Solo: Star Wars Story, despite all of its behind-the-scenes drama, still did fairly well with critics and has since become an underground hit. We don’t hate it. At all. The fans want more. Rumors have recently circulated that there may be a Disney + spinoff series starring Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian. While these rumors have since been debunked, the hype surrounding them will affect Disney’s game plan going forward. Their streaming service has plenty of TV shows in the works (some announced, more to come).
Animation events, Star Wars Rebels, explains Maul’s time between Solo: A Star Wars Story and Episode IV. The character’s story ends after a final confrontation with his nemesis: Maul dies in the arms of Obi-Wan (aw). That doesn’t mean we won’t see him again. If the animations have proven anything, it’s that mixing the stories of Obi-Wan and Maul is both an effective and revered aspect of mythology. That said, Maul will almost certainly appear in the next Star Wars: The Bad Lot animation (Star Wars: The Clone Wars spin-off) but, more importantly, the live action from Disney + Obi Wan Kenobi series.
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the Star wars Spin-off will see Ewan McGregor reprise his role as Obi-Wan 8 years later Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. The series will presumably take place on Tatooine (Maul’s place of death) – where “Ben Kenobi” will watch over Luke Skywalker and his family. However, the production is reportedly looking to play a young Leia Organa who resides in Alderaan with her father, Senator Bail Organa. Obi-Wan and Leia’s father were allies in the Clone Wars; Therefore, the new casting reports imply that Obi-Wan will be spending time in places other than Tatooine throughout the show. Considering Maul’s activity in the galaxy at this time (causing chaos), it’s no exaggeration to assume that Obi-Wan will cross paths with Maul again (especially if the former chooses to help the rebellion).
The possibilities to see a Darth Maul live again are endless. Disney can pretty much place it anywhere between the events of Episode iii and IV (while adhering to the barrel). In addition to Obi Wan Kenobi series (and all unconfirmed ones), a Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Diego Luna’s following prequel series Cassin Andor is also in the works.
The studio loves to play with the aforementioned period. A time when Maul is very much alive and relevant. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker concluded the Skywalker saga on the big screen, but this timeline thrives on the small screen. Chances are, we’ll see a Darth Maul live again on Disney +. It remains to be seen whether Ray Park will reprise his role – given recent controversies – or whether Sam Witwer will return to his live-action duties.