Kenobi is the most anticipated Disney+ Star Wars show coming out in the near future. Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen will reprise their iconic roles in the show.
But according to a new report, the show was going to have a completely different villain than Darth Vader. Apparently, Lucasfilm originally wanted to bring back Darth Maul in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi show.
But plans changed over time since The Mandalorian’s Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni thought that the show was too much like The Mandalorian. Apparently, villains are going to be after Obi-Wan and kid Luke Skywalker.
Now, this is quite similar to what The Mandalorian was tackling. So Kenobi’s narrative changed. But that’s not all. If Lucasfilm would have pushed forward with the original story, then they would have also ruined Obi-Wan and Maul’s final fight.
After their encounter in The Clone Wars, the duo didn’t meet until the Rebels episode titled “Twin Suns.” But fans didn’t get to enjoy a long fight, as they saw during The Phantom Menace.
Instead, the fight was over quickly as Obi-Wan took advantage of Maul’s mistake. Darth Maul died in the arms of his arch-enemy while confirming that Luke Skywalker was indeed the chosen one and that he would avenge them all by taking down Palpatine.
Now, if the Kenobi show would have revealed that Maul somehow knew of Luke’s existence before his final fight with Obi-Wan, then their last conversation wouldn’t have had the same emotional impact.
Not to mention the fact that Maul appearing in the Kenobi show would have resulted in a new plot hole. After all, the animated shows tell us that Maul didn’t know that Obi-Wan survived Order 66.
In fact, he had a hysterical reaction upon learning about this, and it couldn’t be deduced whether he was mad or happy that Obi-Wan was still around. Ultimately, he found the Jedi master in Tatooine, and that’s also where he died.
Even though he considered Obi-Wan as his arch-rival, Darth Maul had long come to the conclusion that Palpatine was the actual enemy. He tried to amass a large following by recruiting Ezra Bridger.
When that failed, he realized that personally seeking revenge was a long shot. However, despite this, Maul died peacefully, knowing that there was hope with Luke Skywalker.
The animated stories are often discounted while talking about the franchise. But some of the best storytelling is in those animated pockets. And this includes Obi-Wan and Maul’s final amazing fight in Rebels.
Now, it’s certainly interesting to imagine how their reunion would have been on the Obi-Wan Kenobi show. But overall, it feels like scrapping Maul’s appearance was the right thing to do.
Obi-Wan Kenobi will begin streaming on Disney+ this May.
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