PREDATOR490 wrote: ↑
TPM released in 1999. That is a decade for Darth Maul to be dead and he was meant to be dead.
It's 2018 now dude, not 2009. It's much closer to two decades.
(how do you know you're getting old? Someone says "10 years ago" and your mind goes to whatever date was actually 20 years ago for you
Unless you're referring to the 1999-2011 gap, of course!
His survival is completely infeasible without back breaking writers fiat and pulling on the pathetic thin justification of villain not being dead until you actually see a fucking body or in this case, half of one.
Eh, I'm cool with it. This happened in 2011, not 2018, so its already been litigated.
The audience that has not watched the animations or the endless EU of SW that go into Solo are going to be thinking Darth Maul has been dead for nearly 20 years and ultimately it is out of nowhere. Darth Maul adds nothing to the story of Han and Chewie so it is completely pointless beyond shock value and it is exceptionally cheap value at that. In a film about Han and Chewie, the attention is drawn to Darth Maul and Kira. That is fundamentally stupid.
It's merely a sequel hook that comes at the end of the film, very common trope. It doesn't really undermine Han and Chewie at all.
Even if this is meant to be an on-going continuity build up A.K.A Thanos and the Infinity War, it is really stupid. Darth Maul's fate is sealed for anyone that has watched or paid attention to the EU so, they are going to generate an arc on film that has already been played out.
This undermines the animated series since it solidifies the impression that anything they do only really matters / happens if it is referenced or / and pulled into the movie market for mass consumption. What is going to happen if the movies decide to alter or overwrite the animated series ?
This is why setting this stuff in the over saturated PT / OT period is not a good idea let alone trying to generate some sort of mysterious ongoing character arc build up.
Wait, what? How does it undermine the animated series to put a character in a live-action film whose only alive because of the animated series? It does the opposite - it confirms that what happened in the Clone Wars actually happened and mattered as far as continuity is concerned.
The only pay off this thread can have is in the Boba Fett film or in a Obi-Wan film since the animations have apparently sealed Darth Maul's fate anyway. The amount of characters to play with in this period are exceptionally limited without bringing in new ones which will inevitably suffer the same fate of Rogue One cast or need to be plot disappeared.
Well if they had brains, they'd know to set the Boba Fett movie after
ROTJ, not before.