Let’s Talk About That Extremely Confusing Cameo In ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
If you've seen the film, you'll know who we are talking about.
If you’ve seen Solo: A Star Wars Story, you’ll know that a surprise character rears his long forgotten, tusked head, and it’s extremely surprising and baffling. Is it a g-g-ghost?
*Obviously spoilers ahead*
Solo is set in an indeterminate time in the Star Wars universe, somewhere between Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One, making it bang smack in the middle of the horrible prequels and the classic trilogy. This means a few things — the film is framed against the Empire at the height of its power and cruelty, crime is rampant, and the film’s titular hero, Han Solo, is a sweet baby angel.
We get a whole bunch of fresh-faced versions of classic Star Wars characters along with Han — Young Lando, Jung Chewbacca, Millennium Falcon 1.0 — but we also get the surprise return of someone who we thought had died over twenty years earlier.
Old spike-face himself, Darth Maul.
How does that Darth Maul cameo work? I know I witnessed this! pic.twitter.com/pOMOPgjNPA
— Navient Outlaw? (@KingJames724) May 25, 2018
You might remember Darth Maul being chopped in half by Obi Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace, and toppling to his certain death down some kind of fancy hole. Darth Maul was a very silent, red-faced Sith Lord whose greatest hits include using a two-sided lightsaber to drive a smoking hole through Liam Neeson’s beautiful chest.
In Solo, he appears to Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), after she kills her crime-lord boss, inferring that he was the guy in charge of the galaxy’s big-bad criminal underworld. He does so via the favoured medium of Sith lords everywhere, the wavery hologram thing. He’s definitely meant to be a surprise, unanticipated cameo in the film — a little nod to the fans.
However, to most people he’s a baffling inclusion. How on earth did he manage to survive being bisected? Isn’t he really old by now? Is it his twin brother, Marth Baul? Did they get the timing really wrong, and accidentally set Solo back in the Old Republic, making Han an old man by A New Hope?
It just seemed like a big mistake.
*Spoilers* So if in Solo Han is ~20yrs old and in the end it shows Darth Maul, meaning Anikin is only 8-10, essentially that would lead to luke & leia being around 30 years younger than Han. How does that work? #solo #starwars
— Moothew Janssen (@MoothewJanssen) May 25, 2018
@missingwords Timeline in #solomovie doesn’t add up. Darth Maul is alive in #solomovie, so Anakin ~7, which means Luke won’t be born for 10 years. Then ~18 until we see Luke again on Tatooine. Solo can’t be younger than 20 in this movie, so he runs into Luke&Leia at 48???!???!?
— Abby (@AbbyGstaker) May 25, 2018
Can someone plz explain to me how tf Darth maul is still alive???
— norf boi rae (@rraevizzle) May 25, 2018
Turns out it wasn’t a mistake exactly, but rather a long throw to the animated Star Wars series The Clone Wars, in which it was revealed that the top half of Maul survived his dismemberment through the strength of his hatred (sure, ok?), and he got some fancy mechanical clip-clops instead.
Darth Maul with robot legs. Darth. Maul. With. Robot. Legs. I almost burst out laughing in the theater. This has to be a joke.
— Colin Paredes (@colinjparedes) May 25, 2018
Darth Maul is in Solo for absolutely no reason. He does absolutely nothing he just shows up in a hologram lol
— JesusVEIVO (@JesusVEIVO) May 23, 2018
There’s a whole bunch more about Maul, including his career-shift out of evil disciple into criminal mastermind, but honestly, the point is that the majority of Star Wars fans have no concept that Maul survived, or that the animated TV shows even exists.
So, yeah — there’s a reason Darth Maul is in Solo, you’re not going mad. Is it a good reason? I dunno.
Casual Star Wars fans after seeing Solo: OMG DARTH MAUL SURVIVED THE PHANTOM MENACE?!?!?1 CAN U BELIVE IT WHAT A TWIST!
Me, An Animated Star Wars fan who has known this since 2012: pic.twitter.com/NVikWW3aMs
— Stardust (@RubyRockettShip) May 27, 2018