Hawke used to strongly refuse any roles on superhero projects
Ethan Hawke stated that he wanted to be part of Marvel’s upcoming Disney+ series Moon Knight because of its leading man Oscar Isaac. Isaac will be starring as Marc Spector, aka Moon Knight, a troubled marvel superhero who will be making his official entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hawke will be starring as the series’ villain.
The MCU’s period of transition
Following Avengers: Endgame, the MCU is on a period of transition with its next phase focused on telling unique stories and some origin stories as well, both on the big and small screen. We will be seeing many familiar faces returning, but there’s some new players such as Chloe Zhao’s Enternals, Daniel Destin Cretton’s Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Jon Watts’s Fantastic Four and on the Disney + side, there’s Moon Knight.
Hawke has an impressive Hollywood portfolio and says that his decision to join the series was primarily due to the people working in it, Isaac in particular. While speaking with The Ringer‘s podcast “The Watch,” he spoke about how he admires Isaac and how he handles himself, making him want to work with him. He also spoke highly about the show’s director Mohammed Diab, with whom he almost worked in a different movie.
A surprise casting
Hawke’s casting was very surprising since he had made controversial remarks about comic book-based movies, such as the time when he said Logan isn’t a great movie but a fine superhero movie. Hawke later clarified that he wasn’t looking down on the movie, but was simply talking about a much more nuance point about money and America.
From the looks of it, the actor is certainly not looking down, and an actor of his status can certainly raise the expectations and hype among the superhero’s fans.
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