Darth Maul is one of those characters that has just gotten more and more popular as the years as have gone by.
A lot of casuals don’t know that after his lost duel to Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace, he actually survived the fall. He managed to stay alive for quite some time before his mother and brother saved him. He only stayed alive due to so much hatred and connection with the force.
It was at this point he had spider legs, before gaining proper prosthetics for his legs. His hatred not only for Kenobi but Palpatine as well made him incredibly powerful.
Maul was in a very strange position, hating both the Jedi and the Empire, and all he wanted was revenge on both ends. It manifested even further after Palpatine killed Savage Opress (Darth Maul’s brother) in front of him.
In the animated TV show, Maul becomes somewhat of an anti-hero…to an extent. He actually helps Ezra in the show and fights against Darth Vader’s Inquisitor army.
He then goes on to eventually fight Obi-Wan once more, before being killed by the Jedi Master. What was so great about that scene is the fact that Maul actually respected Kenobi by the end of it. Despite living so many years with hatred towards him. What was, however, so ironic, is that in his final duel with Kenobi, he actually attempts to use the same move he used to kill Qui-Gon.
You can watch the scene here;
He manages to survive quite some time from Episode 1, all the way through to around 2 BBY, which is 2 years prior to Luke destroying the Death Star for the first time.
This is why we need to see Darth Maul return in live-action form. There’s so much of his story still left untold, and what a better way to do it than live-action.
Maul is a character where you could give a trilogy or a series and either way I think the character will play the rest out.
I know Disney doesn’t like giving us shows that are center focused on the villains of the series, but Star Wars more than ever needs this.
Why? Because you understand. In the case of Maul and Vader, you sympathize with them. These are just 2 villains that desperately need to be showcased properly as so much of their story is super interesting.
I’d rather have a Maul movie over Rogue One, Solo, and the rest of the announced movies any day of the week. It needs to be highlighted that characters like Maul, we watched as kids – now we’re adults. Kids also watched Rebels, so understand the character’s backstory.
Plus, given that Maul was touching base on being an anti-hero (I don’t know what else to call his journey with Ezra and his fight against the Inquisitors) it could be shown that there’s more to Maul than meets the eye.
Make it happen, Disney.