2. The Phantom Menace official poster
The art of Drew Struzan has in many ways become synonymous with the Star Wars movies, with the artist having provided posters for many of the chapters of the Skywalker saga. His most identifiable Star Wars work is probably the posters that he drew for the prequel trilogy, starting with this one for The Phantom Menace.
The lens flare visual that would tie the style of all three posters together can be seen here, encircling Anakin’s head in the dead center of the poster. While we didn’t know at the time that this would be the only appearance of Qui-Gon Jinn, it’s now nice to see how prominently the character is featured on the main poster for the movie. It probably helped that Liam Neeson was one of the most famous actors to appear in the movie at the time of its release.
The leering face of Darth Maul, partially hidden in the background yet looming over everything else in the poster, adds weight to the title of the movie The Phantom Menace. This would end up mirroring the character’s involvement in the movie — not appearing in the majority of the film’s time, yet at the same time managing to be one of the most dominating and lasting images to come out of The Phantom Menace.