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Darth Maul’s Legacy Is So Much Bigger Than ‘The Phantom Menace’

On Nov. 20, 1998, I drove 30 miles to the closest movie theater and bought a ticket for Brad Pitt’s Meet Joe Black to see a trailer for The Phantom Menace, the first new Star Wars movie since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. To say my anticipation was high would be a Death Star-sized understatement. Sitting in that theater and listening to John Williams’ iconic music, I got my first look at a brand-new, unnamed enemy with a red-tattooed face and a double-bladed lightsaber. “Who is that devil-looking guy?” I absolutely couldn’t wait to find out.

In popular consciousness, Darth Maul began as a character with an aura of mystique and a name that changed our understanding of Star Wars and the Sith forever. And when the movie came out, audiences were thrilled by him, but many felt his end was far too soon. Cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi, no one expected Maul to make a return to Star Wars, let alone become one of the deepest, most complex tragic figures in the entire saga. Here’s why, over 25 years later, we’re not over Darth Maul.

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