As the first two episodes of WandaVision have already shown, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Disney Plus exclusives are going to be more than comfortable in breaking from tradition in terms of the franchise’s standard approach to telling stories, which bodes very well for Moon Knight.
After all, Marc Spector’s comic book history places him as a former boxer, Marine, CIA agent and mercenary suffering from dissociative identity disorder who gets betrayed and left for dead during an archeological dig, where he strikes a deal with Egyptian deity Khonshu in exchange for a second chance, becoming a nocturnal vigilante who takes the law into his own hands.
We haven’t heard much about the project over the last few months since Oscar Isaac was revealed to be in talks for the lead role, but Kevin Feige recently revealed that Moon Knight will consist of six episodes, and Ethan Hawke has now been cast as the villain. There’s no word yet on who the four-time Academy Award nominee is playing, but if the show is tackling the title hero’s origin story, then it could well be Raoul Bushman.
Needless to say, fans were quick to react to the news that the 50 year-old has become the latest critically acclaimed character actor to join the MCU, and you can check out some of the reactions below.
Ethan Hawke is gonna be the villain in the upcoming #MoonKnight show 😱
— RIP Brodie Lee (@AthifEdge4Ever) January 16, 2021
Ethan Hawke is a good actor, so I’m looking forward to this. https://t.co/MWVEHRfzX7
— Lain (@lainwakura) January 16, 2021
Here's hoping that Ethan Hawke plays Sun King in the #MoonKnight series, just so we can get a dark version of the Beatles' song "Sun King" as his theme song.
— Charles Lee (@Goofyfan_Chuck) January 16, 2021
i'm so excited for ethan hawke in the mcu
— kes ☼ jfo brainrot (@KAMINOCLONES) January 16, 2021
I’ve been indifferent on these MCU shows, but if they’re banking on me watching because of Ethan Hawke and Oscar Isaac… well then they’re right
— Robert Bouffard (@_robsthoughts) January 16, 2021
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It’s funny how both Oscar Isaacs and Ethan Hawke were considered to play Doctor Strange back in the day and now they’re in their own MCU property together https://t.co/vaX6OXmYwb
— The Terrible Aussie (@BedeJermyn) January 16, 2021
Ethan Hawke joining the MCU? Don't mind if I FUCKING DO pic.twitter.com/96HqgGmpsi
— Not Greg (@I_AmGreg_) January 16, 2021
I have zero idea who Moon Knight is, but I’m all in for Oscar Issac and Ethan Hawke.
— Evan (@evanhatestwitr) January 16, 2021
Loving the casting of Ethan Hawke for #MoonKnight
As to who he's playing? I could see him as Khonshu, honestly. Maybe The Profile? Or even The Black Spectre?
Either way, I'm just excited a Moon Knight show is happening! pic.twitter.com/xs1ttqFmJ6
— Logan Horberg (@FilmGuy89) January 16, 2021
Perfection. I love this so much. https://t.co/0uKyl5lwvO
— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) January 15, 2021
Hawke’s career over the last decade or so has been incredibly interesting to follow, because he tends to alternate between B-level genre movies and awards worthy performances in prestige dramas. He won rave reviews for his last foray into episodic television with Showtime miniseries The Good Lord Bird, and he’s a phenomenal choice to act as Moon Knight‘s major antagonist.