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Darth Maul Solo Ending Theories
Spoiler warning, obviously.
Of all the villains who could have made an appearance in Solo: A Star Wars Story—Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett, Greedo—Darth Maul was the one fans least expected.
Yes, that absolutely was Darth Maul, the red, horned, Dathomirian Sith lord from The Phantom Menace. So here are all your questions answered about how this is possible.
Wait, so when does Solo this take place?
Darth Maul’s presence does not mean that this film takes place before The Phantom Menace. In fact, Solo takes place between Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One.
So, how is Darth Maul not dead?
Well, this one is something that has obviously never been addressed in the films. The last time we saw Darth was in The Phantom Menace when he’s cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi. But in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels—both Disney canon entries into the franchise—Maul miraculously lives through the whole getting-chopped-horizontally-and-thrown-in-a-pit thing.
In Clone Wars, Maul was able to survive the injury and was given robot legs. He then joined forces with his brother Savage Opress and became a crime lord bent on getting revenge against Obi-Wan and Darth Sidious.
Okay, so if he’s alive, what does that mean for the future of Star Wars?
If we look at the other entries in the Star Wars canon, we can find some clues of what could happen next. We learn at the end of Solo that Crimson Dawn is only one gang that reports to Darth Maul. With Dryden Vos dead, Qi’Ra now reports directly to Darth Maul as the head of Crimson Dawn. In these other Star Wars texts, Maul eventually dies on Tatooine in another lightsaber duel with Obi-Wan. But going forward, Maul’s presence provides a number of options for the growing Star Wars film franchise.
The ending in Solo leaves the film open to serialization, which would mean that Han takes on Qi’Ra and Maul’s crime syndicate in the next movie. With an Obi-Wan film currently in the works, however it’s possible that Maul might be the villain in that movie—considering how the villain meets his fate in the animated series.