Star Wars Darth Maul Poster w/ Jabba the Hutt Ray Park 17×22″


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Darth Maul is a character in the science fiction franchise Star Wars. Trained as Darth Sidious’s first apprentice, he serves as a Sith Lord and a master of wielding a double-bladed lightsaber. He is the primary antagonist of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace (portrayed by Ray Park and voiced by Peter Serafinowicz) and a central villain for Star Wars: The Clone Wars (voiced by Samuel Witwer). Series creator George Lucas had described Darth Maul as “a figure from your worst nightmare”.

One day, Iain McCaig was trying to make “Sith Lord versions” of the art department crew, and drew David Dozoretz, head of the animations group, with a circuit board on his face. Lucas was intrigued by the circuit board idea, and McCaig started producing similar caricatures. Darth Maul was portrayed by martial artist Ray Park in The Phantom Menace.

Introduced in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul was ordered by Darth Sidious to capture Queen Padmé Amidala. On Tatooine, Maul fights Qui-Gon Jinn while approaching the Queen’s starship. While Anakin Skywalker gets on board, Jinn engages Maul in a lightsaber duel. But the Jedi Master manages to get away from the Sith Lord. During the film’s climactic scene, Maul fights Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan Kenobi at the same time. Maul fights Qui-Gon while Obi-Wan becomes separated by laser gates. This leaves Qui-Gon to fight Maul alone. Maul eventually overpowers and stabs Qui-Gon in the stomach with his lightsaber, fatally injuring the Jedi Master. Obi-Wan witnesses this and rushes to fight Maul after the laser gates re-open. Obi-Wan cuts the Sith Lord’s lightsaber in half but gets knocked down into a reactor chasm, and Maul kicks the Jedi Padawan’s lightsaber into the chasm as well. However, Obi-Wan uses the Force to propel himself out of the chasm, and equips himself with Qui-Gon’s lightsaber to slice Maul in half at the waist, after which the two pieces of Maul’s body fall into the chasm.

Darth Maul returns in the CGI cartoon series Star Wars: The Clone Wars (set between Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith). In the third season, Darth Maul’s origins were elaborated upon as a warrior of the Nightbrother clan on the planet Dathomir inhabited by the dominant Nightsister witchcraft society led by Mother Talzin and the tattoos covering his body are described as the markings of a warrior (in contrast to earlier sources which identify his bodyart as Sith Lord markings). He has been hinted to have survived to which Talzin has Savage Opress find his long lost brother.

In the fourth season, Darth Maul himself returns. Having survived his bisection, Maul was striving to survive by any means and ended up on the junk planet Lotho Minor in the Outer Rim and turned into a cyborg with an arachnid-like lower half and managed to survive with the help of Anacondan Morley. Over the decade, Maul’s mind sank into a melancholy insanity before he was found by Savage Opress. Savage’s presence causes Maul to remember his downfall and resolves to have his revenge. Brought back to Dathomir in the aftermath of the Nightsisters’ slaughter by the Separatists droids, Maul undergoes a purging of his madness and is given a pair of robotic legs crafted by Talzin’s magic. With his mind restored, Maul learns that the Clone Wars have started without him. With Savage’s help, he proceeds to exact revenge by luring Obi-Wan Kenobi into a trap by attacking a small village on Outer Rim planet Raydonia, knowing that the Jedi will come to assist. However, Asajj Ventress’s unexpected appearance to collect a high bounty on Savage thwarts Maul’s plan. Kenobi and Ventress duel Maul and Savage in the cargo bay of Savage’s stolen ship but soon realize that they are outmatched and are forced to flee via the cockpit escape vessel. Maul decides not to pursue the jettisoned pod but to wait for another opportunity, realizing that the Jedi already know of his continued existence through the Force.

Since the release of The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul has proven to be a popular character. IGN named Darth Maul the 16th greatest Star Wars character, noting, “Of the countless characters to walk in and out of the Star Wars saga, none look or act more badass than Darth Maul”.

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