Is Darth Maul in the trailer for Obi-Wan Kenobi? On Star Wars Day 2022, the full Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer was revealed, giving fans a sneak peek at what to expect from the impending Disney+ show. There are fascinating new views of Obi-existence Wan’s on and off Tatooine, his fight with Reva and the Grand Inquisitor; his attempts to safeguard Luke Skywalker, and, of course, the return of Darth Vader, despite some footage from the initial teaser. However, there are clues that another Sith – or at least a former Sith – may be returning as well.
Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi have a long and storied relationship in Star Wars, stretching back to the first duel in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and the final combat in Star Wars Rebels, both of which concluded with Obi-Wan ostensibly killing Maul, with only the second being permanent. There has been conjecture about whether Maul may return due to this history and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s timeframe, which is squarely in the middle of the prequel and original trilogies.
Whether it happens or not remains to be seen, but that is not Maul in the Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer, despite the amazing new material. There’s a scene of an unidentified character fighting Obi-Wan around the 0:55 mark in the teaser, and this unknown opponent has a horned head similar to Maul. Because of the skin tone – Maul’s is a much darker, deeper red – and the quick views of the face don’t disclose the same tattoos as Maul, this appears to be a Zabrak, the same species as Maul, but not the character himself. Similarly, the outfit does not appear to be Maul-like. While it is a Zabrak, it is not a Dathomirian one like Maul, but rather one from Iridonia, where the majority of the people live.
Furthermore, it has been alleged that Maul was eliminated from the Obi-Wan programme as part of a story retooling, however Lucasfilm has refuted this. Regardless, his appearance in Obi-Wan Kenobi appears increasingly implausible. The two have a long past and, according to the show’s storyline, a promising future, but bringing him back now would jeopardise things. The confrontation between Maul and Obi-Wan in Star Wars Rebels was a fantastic sendoff and a perfect conclusion to a long rivalry that didn’t require any additional embellishment.
Even without him, the presence of Obi-Wan fighting a Zabrak is intriguing, as it fits nicely with the Star Wars galaxy’s own world construction and expansion. And, given Kenobi’s multiple encounters with Maul, there’s at least a wonderful meta layer to it, which may even be acknowledged in the show. Maul won’t be in Obi-Wan Kenobi as it stands, but there’s already a lot of villainy going on with Darth Vader and the Inquisitors, so it’s good that the tale is kept separate.