When we saw Obi-Wan Kenobi first battle Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, he was driven by grief after watching his mentor Qui-Gon Jinn be cut down by the Sith Lord. The second time Kenobi and Maul went toe to toe was in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and because of the grievous injuries Maul sustained in The Phantom Menace, he had a series of robot legs that he was placed on in order to fight Kenobi.
It looks as though Kenobi and Maul will be facing each other yet again.
While it's not yet known exactly the motivation behind the third Maul-Kenobi duel, this is a Kenobi who's at his Tatooine best, complete with dark brown robe and grizzled grey beard. It is Jedi apprentice Ezra Bridger who sees a holographic image from the Jedi Knight, and that seems to be at least part of the plot focus behind the mid-season premiere for Star Wars Rebels.
Here, though, Darth Maul appears back on two legs, and while no explanation appears during the trailer as to why Maul is back on two legs, there is sure to be some sort of plot point to explain why. The two warriors are unlikely to view each other with any sort of abiding friendship during their Star Wars Rebels encounters.
What is clear, though, is that Star Wars Rebels, which has clear timeline connections to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will continue to place its heroes and villains directly within the Star Wars canon of events. Whether those events continue to transpire within the timeline of the prequels, the chain of events that occur during the growth of what becomes the Rebel Alliance or in the events leading up to Star Wars: A New Hope remains to be seen.
It will be interesting to see as well whether this duel between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi will tie in to the events that could be the subject of any potential standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi films. There has been much speculation as to whether or not there will be an Obi-Wan Kenobi film to go with the Han Solo standalone due out in 2018 or the proposed Boba Fett standalone film, without much in the way of anything coming through official streams about it.
Regardless, it appears that what the fans want would be an Obi-Wan Kenobi film without an appearance by a pre-Darth Vader Hayden Christensen, whose career has been largely quiet since the 2015 Christian drama 90 Minutes In Heaven. Whether Disney chooses to support such a venture is another matter entirely.
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