(Warning — the following contains SPOILER-ish details of a deleted scene from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, as well as discussion of plot details from that movie, and speculation regarding future events in the Star Wars saga. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise...)
One of the biggest and most endearingly intriguing mysteries that Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens left us to ponder for the next 18 months — and it left us a lot — is that of Maz Kanata.
Now, sure, the CGI-tastic Chewbacca-fan (voiced by Lupita Nyong'o) was awesome — but she was also (seemingly very much intentionally) kept shrouded in quite a bit of mystery. She's evidently over a thousand years old, and as she puts it, is "no Jedi," but "knows the Force," but beyond that, we don't know a whole lot about ol' Maz. As it turns out, though, we almost found out something pretty darned huge.
(Note: this is where those aforementioned SPOILERS come in...)
A Deleted Scene From 'The Force Awakens' Revealed Maz to Be More Than She Seemed in the Final Movie
Specifically, that she has Force powers.
And knows how to use them.
As The Force Awakens' special effects supervisor Chris Corbould recently revealed to Collider, while discussing scenes that didn't make the final cut of the movie:
"There was a particular part of a scene that never made it, where they go underneath the castle and they’re going into the underground passageways, and stormtroopers are coming down the stairs and Maz uses her powers to collapse the ceiling."
Which, it seems, confirms what Star Wars: The Force Awakens - The Visual Dictionary (written by Lucasfilm's Story Group's Pablo Hidalgo) has to say about Maz. Specifically, that:
"In recent decades, Maz has kept secret one of her greatest strengths - an affinity for the Force. Though she has known Jedi (and has a few tall tales regarding encounters with Knights and Masters), she never walked that path herself, instead relying on her strong connection to the Force to keep her out of danger."
The next big question, then?
What Does This Mean for Maz in the Future?
Well, for one thing, it suggests that we could finally be set to see a non-affiliated Force-user in the Star Wars movies — something that could have a substantial bearing on the development of certain central characters (especially if one of the two non-Rey leads turns out to have Force powers).
Perhaps even more excitingly, though, it also suggests that we're going to be seeing a whole lot more of Maz over the course of the next two movies — as well as, perhaps, in a handful of the non-saga spin-offs. Both Rogue One and the Young Han Solo movie could well have need of a pirate lair (not to mention a wise old Force-sensitive), after all...
What do you think, though?