The Star Wars universe has its fair share of terrifying villains. From the infamous Darth Vader in George Lucas’s original trilogy to Chancellor Palpatine (AKA Darth Sidious) in the Star Wars prequels, the franchise’s agents of evil are some of the most popular science fiction characters.
One of these villainous characters quickly became a fan-favorite Star Wars addition. Despite only being in the galaxy — at least on the big screen — for a short while, Darth Maul garnered a huge fanbase, as did his lightsaber, and the character eventually went on to star in many of Star Wars‘ other projects. However, it seems now that Maul might be coming back for his own television series.
In the Star Wars live-action universe, Darth Maul (Ray Park) was introduced as the Sith apprentice of the mysterious Darth Sidious in Lucas’s prequel film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999). With a failed skirmish on Tatooine, facing off against Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn as the Jedi attempt to flee the desert planet with a young Anakin Skywalker, Darth Maul eventually caught up to Qui-Gon — and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi — on Naboo. While Obi-Wan did defeat (or so it seemed) Maul, the lightsaber duel came at the cost of his Master.
Many Star Wars fans will know that the Sith Lord Maul returned in the animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, where it was revealed he had survived his supposed killing on Naboo and faced off against Ahsoka Tano, among others — he also renounced his Sith apprentice ways. He again returned in Star Wars Rebels to continue his crusade against Obi-Wan Kenobi, seeking revenge for his defeat against the Jedi Knight.
Most surprisingly, Maul made a shocking cameo in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) as the true leader of one of the galaxy’s biggest crime syndicates, Crimson Dawn. Park reprised his Phantom Menace role for the movie which also saw the introduction of Han Solo’s love interest, Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) — but more on this later.
With the former Sith apprentice dying in Jedi Master Obi-Wan’s arms in the deserts of Tatooine, it seems that the Sith Lord’s story is all but wrapped up. But, as we know, Lucasfilm likes to keep Star Wars fans on their toes when it comes to expanding their ever-growing universe, and this new report opens the door for more Maul stories.
Does Darth Maul return? Again?
According to Geekosity, Darth Maul is set to star in his own Disney+ television series. The reported series which would likely explore the dark side of the force in a way never been shown before is stated to be in early development at Lucasfilm — although the Star Wars studio is yet to confirm this. It should be noted, too, that Maul has been long rumored to appear in multiple Disney+ series. However, this is the first time a report has claimed that a Maul-centric show is actually in early development.
The new report claims that the Darth Maul television show is in discussion but no details of the potential plot have yet been revealed. If Maul does return to the live-action universe, it would perhaps serve as an interesting follow-up to Solo — which left fans on a cliffhanger after Park’s surprising cameo, with Maul telling Qi’ra to meet him of Dathomir to continue their work as Crimson Dawn. The report, however, suggests otherwise.