So far as spinoff motion pictures go, Solo: A Star Wars Story didn’t fairly generate the identical stage of pleasure as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story did, and ended up being a enjoyable however forgettable Han Solo origin story. However one side of the pic that did get everybody speaking was Darth Maul’s surprising cameo close to the tip of the movie, a personality who was a redeeming component of the Prequel Trilogy and has arguably not been given practically sufficient display time in cinemas.
For many who haven’t watched The Clone Wars, Maul’s look was an absolute shocker as a result of the final time we’d seen him was in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, wherein he was actually sliced in half. However Maul performed a far larger function within the aforementioned animated sequence, with a deeply participating storyline. In it, we see him begin a felony group known as the Shadow Collective, mainly surviving on his rage and want for revenge in opposition to Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Jedi.
In Solo: A Star Wars Story, Qi’ra (performed by Emilia Clarke) betrays the boss of the Crimson Daybreak just for us to seek out out that the precise mastermind within the shadows was Darth Maul all alongside. The film additionally tried to arrange some kind of future story that entails Qi’ra being pressured to work underneath Maul, as he orders her to affix him on Dathomir. It was the promising starting of a brand new character arc for Maul, however ended up being one which by no means materialized.
As ScreenRant explains:
Maul’s Solo cameo straight units up him working intently with Qi’ra – who he instructs to affix him on Dathomir – in opposition to Tobias Beckett and his crew, which suggests in opposition to Han Solo. Maul and Qi’ra going up in opposition to Han, then, would’ve been a key a part of a possible Solo 2, and maybe allowed Maul to step out of the shadows a bit extra, though given how so many within the galaxy would react to him being at massive once more it’s maybe no shock he selected to remain hidden. Star Wars loves redemption tales, although, whereas Maul’s story is oft-defined by failure, so it’s fairly probably Qi’ra finally would’ve turned in opposition to him, or at the very least tried to – presumably at the price of her personal life.
Whereas Solo 2 appeared just like the staging floor for this new Qi’ra and Maul versus Solo dynamic, we’re most likely by no means going to get to see how it might play out. After Solo: A Star Wars Story underperformed on the field workplace, fairly presumably as a consequence of its slightly lackluster and unimaginative narrative, the cameo amounted to nothing greater than a short teaser for what might have been. Except it will get a revival within the type of a TV sequence on Disney Plus, that’s.