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Hey Fanboys and Fangirls, today we're going sci-fi with a faceoff between two of the Star Wars Universe's most feared villains - none other than Darth Vader and Darth Maul. As you know, these two fearsome fighters never actually appeared together on the big screen, but they have much in common. In addition to being deadly with the lightsaber, both were apprentices of the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, aka Emperor Palpatine. And both were bested by Obi-Won Kenobi, though we think Vader might have gotten off better than Maul.
Darth Maul only appeared in episode 1 the phantom menace, but that appearance was arguably one of the only bright spots of the entire film. Like Boba Fett before him, despite having so little screen time, Darth Maul quickly became a favorite among fans. With his devil like appearance, he brought martial arts flare to lightsaber battles that up to then had taken on a more traditional western sword fighting aspect. Speaking of lightsabers, Maul also introduced something Star Wars fans had not seen before - a double-bladed lightsaber. Though the double-bladed lightsaber was ultimately no match for the combined power of Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, many a fanboy gleed like a schoolgirl when the double-bladed lightsaber was first revealed. So strong is Darth Maul's appeal that marketing for the recent 3D rerelease of The Phantom Menace focused mainly on Maul, placing him prominently on the film's poster with characters like Obi-Wan, Yoda and Artoo regulated to the background.
Darth Vader, on the other hand, has not only been the ultimate villain of the Star Wars franchise from the beginning, but also placed third in AFI's list of the top 100 movie villains of all time. Though not as flashy with the lighsaber as Darth Maul, Vader definitely has much more control over the force. That, in addition to his years of experience has made him a worthy opponent against Obi-Wan, Luke Skywalker and the entire Rebel Alliance.
As for box office power, Vader obviously takes the top prize for the simple fact that he has appeared in four of the six star wars films versus Darth Maul's one. I know what you're going to say, what about Anakin Skywalker in Episode 1 and 2? Sorry, Anakin doesn't become Vader until episode 3, so the first 2 don't count. The four films Vader has appeared in have grossed more than 2.7 billion dollars combined. But don't count Darth Maul out just yet. Though Vader wins with sheer volume, thanks to the recent rerelease, Darth Maul is in the highest grossing Star Wars film of all time and the only film in the franchise to make over one billion dollars worldwide.
So now we leave it up to you, the experts. In this ultimate sci-fi fanboy faceoff, who do you think would win between Darth Maul and Darth Vader? Let us know in the comments section below or tweet us @clevvermovies using the hashtag #CMFF. That's it for this week's Fanboy Faceoff, be sure to check back next week for the results and a preview of the next faceoff. Until then, I'm Tatiana Carrier saying let the force be with you.