Trained by Darth Sidious, Darth Maul is one of the more intriguing lightsaber-wielding Sith in Star Wars. From the time we first see him on screen in Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace to his death at the hands of Obi-Wan, there has been a lot of lore written about this fantastic character.
It is hard to keep track of all the different points of his story because of canon issues with Disney, but there is an extensive backstory you should check out. He actually survives the battle of Naboo when the Nightsisters rescue his form and reforge him into something new. That tale gets way more interesting!
In the meantime, let's cover some of the more critical points about this terrifying Sith.
1 - Origins
Darth Maul is actually a Nightbrother from the planet Dathomir and among the people Zabrak. His mother, or at least the person that claims to be his biological mother, is Talzin, the leader of the Nightsisters. Those incredible horns and facial markings are part of his people. The older the males of his race get, the more developed those horns become.
2 - Birth of a Sith
Originally, Maul’s mother was supposed to be an apprentice to Darth Sidious. The idea was that combining her powerful witchcraft with the Force would make for an unstoppable foe. However, when Sidious came across the intensity of Maul’s power, he kidnapped the boy and raised him to hate the Jedi.
3 - Yes, He Kills Obi-Wan’s Love
One of the more exciting storylines we have yet to see unfold in the live-action canon is the death of Obi-Wan’s love interest, the Duchess Satine. This could be explored somewhere in the upcoming Obi-Wan series on Disney Plus (fingers crossed). Essentially she is the leader of Mandalore and is attacked because Maul learns of her hidden love for Kenobi.
4 - He has a Much Bigger Role in Other Projects
Yes, we can all relive those hooded moments in the original series with Darth Maul, but if you want to see him flourish on his own, you have to get into the side projects.
Things like The Clone Wars and some comic books have way more information about Darth Maul and his biography. This character only had 9 minutes in the original 133-minute film debut, but lives on in many other areas. There was even supposed to be a video game for a hot moment by LucasArts titled Star Wars: Darth Maul, but it eventually fell through when Episodes II and III came out.
5 - There are Hints of a Series
We saw Darth Maul make an appearance in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and there are rumors Ray Park was seen on the set of Obi-Wan, but the big news was that there may be an actual Darth Maul series.
The goal would be to introduce a storyline about Maul after Solo, where he tells Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) to meet him on Dathomir to continue their work as Crimson Dawn. There is also a chance that it could be integrated into the Lando Project as well.
Darth Maul - The Character that We Need
The global pandemic set so many of these film schedules all out of whack that it is tough to peg down any specific rumor into reality right now. So instead, we suggest everyone keep their ears and eyes open to future instances of the dual lightsaber-wielding villain that has captivated so many audience members. We only scratch the surface in the article of a vibrant history and intertwined destiny with so much of Star Wars Canon.
This is a rich area of storytelling that has other family members, the introduction of witchcraft, and seeds for beloved characters like Lando, Obi-Wan, and Han Solo ripe for the picking. All we can say is the more, the merrier!
Give us all the Darth Maul we can handle. This is the excellent source material we need to continue our work of building custom lightsabers for clients all over the world.