50 most shocking moments in Star Wars history

General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) in STAR WARS: EPISDOE IX
General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) in STAR WARS: EPISDOE IX /
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LAS VEGAS – MAY 29: Actor Ray Park’s Darth Maul character from “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” is shown on screen while musicians perform during “Star Wars: In Concert” at the Orleans Arena May 29, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The traveling production features a full symphony orchestra and choir playing music from all six of John Williams’ Star Wars scores synchronized with footage from the films displayed on a three-story-tall, HD LED screen. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

26. Darth Maul’s reappearance (Solo: A Star Wars Story)

We already knew that Maul was alive in The Clone Wars TV show, but it was still surprising to see him pop up in Solo: A Star Wars Story. We learn that he’s the real leader of Crimson Dawn and Dryden Vos was just someone who looked like he was in charge.

Going into Solo: A Star Wars Story, I knew that there would be a couple things I could count on being in the movie. One was how Han really got into smuggling and the other was how he and Chewbacca became friends and stuck together all those years. We can also toss in how Han ended up with the Millennium Falcon for that matter, too.

Everything outside of those things, everything else was largely unknown. They obviously weren’t going to give away Darth Maul’s cameo in the trailers (thankfully). This made his appearance more of a surprise to tons of fans. When he showed up on screen, you could sense the shock in the crowd if you watched it in theaters.

We knew from The Clone Wars that Maul was alive, but this movie starts to fill in some of the blanks in his timeline. I have no idea if we’ll see a sequel to Solo, but I hope we learn more about the Crimson Dawn because Maul’s appearance was clearly a calculated choice.