Holy Sith! A Leaked Image From Solo Reveals A Major Spoiler
It seems as you can't keep a bad guy down. Well, half of him you can.
Near the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Qi'Ra, played by Emilia Clarke, calls her boss via the ole hologram communicator, and who this boss turns out to be is surprising as shit. The leader of the Crimson Dawn is none other than Darth motherfudging Maul.
Holy crap! You must be thinking "How in the hell is that dude still alive?". Valid question. Please allow me to shed some light on the subject. I'll keep it brief.
In The Clone Wars animated series, which is canon, Maul survived the "halvening" by Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace, thanks to the lightsaber cauterizing the injuries it made to the Sith Lord, while it was happening. Next, Maul used The Force to yada, yada, yada he ends up on a junk planet and fashions himself some, not terrifying at all, metal legs and kinda torso.
Then largely being driven by hatred and revenge (He is a Sith), Maul sets out to right the wrongs put upon him by the Jedi, Obi-Wan in particular. It's pretty great.
For those who didn't watch the show, Maul had encounters Darth Sidious, Darth Tyranus/Count Dooku, Ezra Bridger and his greatest adversary, Obi-Wan Kenobi. If you've got the means to do so, you should really consider giving The Clone Wars animated series a go. Besides, did I mention it's canon?
Anyhow, Maul's return in Solo: A Star Wars Story comes courtesy of the man who brings him to life in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Sam Witwer. Which is fantastic because Witwer has long been waiting to get into the live-action Star Wars side of things, having also been Starkiller in The Force Unleashed video game.
I kind of suspected Lucasfilm had something up their sleeve to draw the audiences in for the adventures of young Han Solo, but in no way did I expect this. Is the return of the fan-favorite Sith Lord enough to draw in the crowds?
Only time will tell, but we can hope the somewhat disappointing box office numbers for its opening weekend, $114.5 million, don't dissuade them from making another one of these. After All, Solo's lofty budget ($250 million) is due largely to the massive re-shoots they undertook when Ron Howard took over for Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
So, maybe if they can get one done cheaply, we'll be able to witness some of Han and Chewie smuggling for Jabba the Hutt. And I think we all would like to see that.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is in theaters now.