Warning: This article contains spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story
The Star Wars franchise might have had a history of adding in a lot of great cameos and references into films, but fans weren't quite prepared to see a very familiar Dathomirian Zabrak in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
In a surprising turn of events, Han's (Alden Ehrenreich) former lover and partner Qi'Ra (Emilia Clarke), betrays the smuggler and takes over the Crimson Dawn right after killing the group's former leader, Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany). After having Han leave the ship to save Chewie, Qi'Ra contacts the actual figurehead of the criminal organization – Darth Maul.
Speaking in an interview with Uproxx, Solo co-writer Jonathan Kasdan admitted that he really wanted to have Maul added into the film, saying that he planted a few signs to help foreshadow the former Sith Lord's appearance.
"I was really passionate about him all the way through," the younger Kasdan explained. "I sort of had planted the seeds early and I wanted it to be built that way. And I wanted to reference certain forms of martial arts that might lead to it. And the presence of someone who was so terrifying in this crime world that you just had to know he was the guy who could control someone like Dryden. So he was part of the DNA of the thing."
For the fans who can't quite remember the last time, they saw Maul, the character's last live-action appearance was in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace where he was cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi. Sure the character might have appeared in Star Wars Rebels, but having Maul appear on the big screen has a lot of implications, especially if Lucasfilm were to explore a sequel to Solo. This definitely isn't the last time we're going to see Maul on the big screen.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is currently screening in cinemas.