Although most Star Wars films are aimed at a younger audience, it’s not uncommon for parents who grew up with the movies to have to explain the trickier intricacies to their kids. Especially considering the films weren’t released in chronological order. But with Solo: A Star Wars Story, the reverse might be true. Older fans might be baffled by the sudden, shocking appearance of one character in particular. Kids who grew up on the newer Star Wars cartoons, on the other hand, will totally get it. Yep, there are spoilers ahead for ‘Solo.’ You’ve been warned!
After seeing Solo: A Star Wars Story this weekend, many fans are going to be asking the same question: Wait, isn’t Darth Maul dead already? And that’s because late in the film, Darth Maul (played by Ray Park and voiced by Sam Witwer) briefly shows up to establish his small but significant part in Solo’s plot. It’s weird and totally unexpected, but if you’re familiar with more contemporary Star Wars stuff, like the kids’ cartoons, you’ll get it. Here’s why.
In Solo, young Han (Alden Ehrenreich) teams up with a shady criminal crew lead by Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) to steal some coxium, a rare, extremely valuable hyperfuel. They’re working for Dryden Vos (Paul Benatty), a dangerous crime lord. By the end of the movie, Han eventually decides to steal some of the coxium and bail on the mission, and he convinces Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), his lifelong friend and romantic interest, to join him. However, when the time comes, Qi’ra stays behind and makes a hologram call to…
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