‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: That Crazy Ending May Not Be What You Think
Who would have expected the Han Solo prequel to feature one of the craziest reveals in recent Star Wars history? Solo ends in the most shocking of ways, with a scene that has everyone talking.
However, while you might think you know what that reveal is leading to, you’re probably wrong about that. Here’s the key reason why (page 5) and what we really think the ending is setting up (page 6). Warning: major spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story lie ahead.
The movie ends with the return of Darth Maul
Yes, the Han Solo movie actually ends with Darth Maul returning. Dryden Vos, the main villain of the film, is the leader of Crimson Dawn, but it’s implied all throughout that there’s an even more sinister foe that he answers to.
At the end, after Dryden’s death, Qi’ra makes contact with this person, and it turns out to be Darth Maul. This fits with what we know about Maul from The Clone Wars; the show had an arc involving Maul heading a criminal alliance.
Next: What is this leading to?
Maul’s return seems intended to set up something
So what is the reason for bringing Maul back on screen? It’s not entirely clear, but it really does seem to be setting up something. After all, the scene ends with Maul telling Qi’ra to come to him on Dathomir, as they’re going to be working together a lot more in the future.
That sounds quite ominous, and it leaves us wanting to see more. When will we?
Next: This is what people are guessing.
Many assume it’s setting up the Obi-Wan movie
The natural assumption many had after seeing Maul return was that this is the set up for the Obi-Wan Kenobi solo movie.
That would make sense, seeing as Obi-Wan is the one who originally “killed” Maul in The Phantom Menace. So an Obi-Wan film could feature Maul as the main villain, with Maul trying to exact revenge on the man who tried to murder him years earlier.
Next: Another reason this would make sense
The Obi-Wan movie is reportedly next
The Maul reveal being a set-up for the Obi-Wan movie would also make sense because that film is reportedly next on Lucasfilm’s docket.
Just a few weeks before the release of Solo, Fantha Tracks reported that the Obi-Wan movie is expected to shoot in April 2019 with a December 2020 release. That would mean it’s the next spinoff, and the next Star Wars film to be released after Episode IX.
So an Obi-Wan movie is rumored to follow Solo, and then Solo brings back Maul and suggests we’ll see more of him soon. So how could this possibly not be setting up Maul vs. Obi-Wan?
Next: Why this can’t be the case
The cameo can’t be setting up the Obi-Wan movie, though
But it simply doesn’t make sense for this scene to be a set up for the Obi-Wan movie. After all, Darth Maul seeking out Obi-Wan for revenge was already fully covered just a few years ago in the canon TV show Star Wars Rebels. That show takes place after Solo, and in it, Maul finds Obi-Wan on Tatooine and they duel.
It wouldn’t make sense for an Obi-Wan movie plot to take place before that because when Obi-Wan and Maul duel in the show, it seems to be the first time they’ve seen each other in years. The Obi-Wan movie also can’t take place after Rebels because Obi-Wan ends up killing Maul in the show.
Next: Is there any chance at all that Maul is in the Obi-Wan movie?
Could the Obi-Wan movie recreate this storyline?
The only real way that the Obi-Wan movie could have Maul in it would be for it to basically recreate this Rebels storyline in live action. But that seems unlikely considering the circumstances leading up to the duel are so tied in with the plot of Rebels that it would be quite difficult to rip out of context and have it still make sense. Plus, the two only end up meeting for a few minutes.
It’s possible the movie could have a completely different plot but feature Obi-Wan having visions of Maul and then battling him at the very end. But then the lightsaber duel between Maul and Obi-Wan, which literally lasts about three seconds, would be a pretty anticlimactic way to end a major Star Wars release.
Next: It’s more likely the cameo is setting up this.
Maul could be in the Solo sequel or the Boba Fett movie
If Maul’s appearance is setting up anything, it’s probably a sequel to Solo. Alden Ehrenreich is signed up for more movies, and Solo doesn’t fill in everything about Han’s backstory, with plenty of story left to go before A New Hope.
But even this would be tricky because Han doesn’t believe in the Force in A New Hope, so he can’t really come into contact with Maul at all. If Maul were to be the villain of the Solo sequel, he’d need to once again be a behind-the-scenes type figure and not someone Han actually battles.
Alternatively, the Maul appearance could be setting up the Boba Fett movie, which is reportedly in the works with director James Mangold.
Next: A disappointing but realistic possibility
It could also just be a one-time cameo
The last possibility is that we actually aren’t going to see Maul again at all. We should consider the possibility that this appearance is just meant to be a one-time cameo, sort of this movie’s equivalent of the Darth Vader hallway sequence in Rogue One. Maybe for story purposes, Qi’ra and Dryden just needed a menacing boss, and within the canon, it made sense for it to be Maul. That’s it. When Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan recently spoke about the cameo, that’s sort of what they made it sound like.
Again, though, the Maul scene ends with him summoning Qi’ra to Dathomir, which really feels like a line put in there to lead into another movie. It remains to be seen at this point what Lucasfilm’s plan with Maul is. But either way, despite what one would naturally assume, we almost certainly won’t see him as the main villain of the Obi-Wan movie.
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