Solo's big cameo: Everything we know about the Star Wars character

CNET | 5/27/2018 | Mike Sorrentino,
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The biggest shock of Solo: A Star Wars Story has little to do with Han.

Solo: A Star Wars Story doesn't have a mid- or post-credits scene, but it does have one heck of a cameo at the end.

Surprise - Lots - Ramifications - Star - Wars

It's a huge surprise with lots of potential ramifications for future Star Wars movies. So the following discussion merits a big ol' spoiler warning concerning the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story, as well as details from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, along with speculation regarding where we think the movies will go in light of this revelation. Consider yourself warned, all ye who enter here.

After Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) gets all Game of Thrones-like and kills her boss, Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany), she decides to assume his role and begin working for his boss, Maul (Ray Park, voice by Sam Witwer). For more on the exact exchange, check out our explainer about the cameo scene here.

Maul - Appearance - Time - Movie - Viewers

Maul's appearance here is gutsy. The last time movie viewers saw him was in 1999's Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, in which Maul murders Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) while his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) watches. Kenobi gets revenge by slicing Maul in half, sending him falling down a shaft.

Darth Maul as he's seen during The Clone Wars series.

Interaction - Star - Wars - Universe - Live-action

So if your only interaction with the Star Wars universe has been the live-action movies, it would be understandable if you thought Maul had been dead for a long time.

But if you've been paying attention to the larger Star Wars universe -- specifically two animated shows that count as canon with the movies -- you probably knew Maul survived his encounter with Kenobi on Naboo.

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