Actor Ethan Hawke is glad to be in a show like Moon Knight as opposed to something with Batman or Spider-Man thanks to how unknown the titular hero is. Hawke is set to star opposite Oscar Isaac in the Disney+ Marvel series, which is slated to debut sometime in 2022. Isaac will play Marc Spector, the titular hero who is imbued with powers from the Egyptian moon god Khonshu and granted a second chance at life. Hawke will play Moon Knight‘s primary villain, although it is unclear at this point just who that will be.
Hawke has said that his Moon Knight villain is inspired by infamous cult leader David Koresh, but it still remains a mystery as to who he will be playing. The rest of the cast is just as under wraps, with actress May Calamawy also cast in an undisclosed role and Gaspard Ulliel rumored to play Midnight Man, although that has yet to be confirmed. Still, Moon Knight remains highly anticipated, both because of the talent involved and the mystery surrounding the series and now Hawke has said that this mystery is exactly what has him so excited for the project.
In an interview with The Wrap, Hawke explained that audiences’ unfamiliarity with a character like Moon Knight allows for more freedom in interpreting the titular character and others in the show. The actor compared it to starring in a tentpole featuring Spider-Man and Batman, which naturally comes with some audience expectations that could hinder the performances of those involved. Luckily, that’s not the case with Moon Knight and Hawke goes on to praise Isaac’s performance as the titular hero. Check out his full quote below:
Yep. If you were an actor in the ’50s, you know, they made Westerns. If you’re an actor in the 2020s, you’ve got Marvel. And I’m really fortunate because we’re dealing with a story that doesn’t have a lot of ancillary baggage. If you play Spider-Man or Batman, they’ve got so much baggage and the audience have such expectations. It’s like playing Hamlet — you can’t play it in a vacuum. You’re playing it in relationship to the other Hamlets. Whereas with Moon Knight, people don’t know much about it. It doesn’t have a lot of baggage. Oscar (Isaac) is giving an absolutely phenomenal performance, and it feels exciting to be a part of it with him.
Thanks to numerous film adaptations, figures like Batman and Spider-Man are so well known that makes it harder to craft a truly groundbreaking take on the characters. Excitement for the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home makes this clear – so many expect so much out of the film that there is bound to be disappointment surrounding the film in some way or another. With Moon Knight, though, the excitement is partly due to the sheer amount of mystery, making whatever Marvel finally delivers more surprising.
Luckily, Marvel is no stranger to introducing more obscure characters and catapulting them to household names. The Guardians of the Galaxy were a relatively unknown group of cosmic heroes before James Gunn created the mega-popular movies and the studio has done something similar with various other characters. As the MCU dives deeper into the backlog of Marvel comics, more and more characters being introduced are unknown like Moon Knight, making their upcoming series and films all the more exciting. The fact that stars like Isaac and Hawke are attached just makes it even better.