Warning: Article contains spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story, and other SW storytelling.
Many of us welcomed the shocking cameo at the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Maul was arguably the highlight of the prequel trilogy. Notwithstanding, Lucas wasted the character with his seeming demise in A Phantom Menace. Thankfully the powers-that-be at Star Wars recognized the error in robbing us of the character too soon. Maul lived on, his story told over the course of several seasons of The Clone Wars, Rebels, and the comic book series Son of Dathomir. Ultimately, Maul met his fate at the hands of his arch-nemesis Obi Wan Kenobi in the final season of Rebels, long after the events of Episode I.
So seeing him in Solo, back on the big screen, was pretty cool, right? For some, not so much.
Maul Not Welcome Back For Some Fans
On one of the myriad of Star Wars social media sites, I read a comment that frankly irked me, summarized as follows: “As far as I’m concerned, Maul died in Episode I. I don’t care about cartoons. If it didn’t happen in the movies, it didn’t happen.”
Ok, first of all, any time someone starts off saying “as far as I’m concerned” they are generally both a) wrong; and b) ignorantly refusing to accept something true as truth. Sorry pal, Maul survived. Deal with it.
The Star Wars universe is a vast one, with infinite yarns to be spun. You can’t limit that storytelling to just a few hours on a big screen every several years. There’s too much depth and complexity to be explored. The books, cartoons, comics… to quote Han: “it’s true. All of it.” And honestly, I love the continuity across mediums. For me, at least, it enhances the saga.
With the Ghost, hammerhead corvettes and Saw Gerrera in Rogue One, the inclusion of Thrawn in Rebels, Temmin “Snap” Wexley appearing in TFA and TLJ, and now Maul in Solo, the Star Wars universe has become truly expansive. If you don’t like it, or refuse to accept the cross-medium continuity of the franchise, that’s your decision. But you’re depriving yourself of some truly remarkable storytelling in the process.