Moon Knight executive producer and head writer Jeremy Slater explains the odd way they chose the name of Ethan Hawke’s cult chef/doctor.
Warning! Contains major spoilers for Moon Knight Episode 6
moon knight Executive producer and head writer Jeremy Slater reveals the weird way Marvel comics helped name the show’s villain. Marvel Studios’ latest Disney+ series just spent its first season introducing a slew of new characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including titular protagonist Oscar Isaac. moon knight follows Isaac’s character’s two Quirks, Marc Spector and Steve Grant, as the latter learns the truth about his dissociative identity disorder (DID) and his connection to the Egyptian moon god Khonshu (voiced by F. Murray Abraham). moon knight also stars May Calamawy as Layla El-Faouly, the late Gaspard Ulliel as Anton Mogart and Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow.
The series antagonist is Harrow, a cult leader bent on resurrecting the Egyptian goddess/demoness Ammit and, in turn, ridding the world of pain and suffering by preventing evil before it happens. . Hawke had good creative freedom in his depiction of Harrow. While “Dr. Arthur Harrow” is a minor character in Marvel Comics, this character has no connection to Harrow in moon knight.
In an interview with The DirectSlater talked about the design of moon knightIt’s Arthur Harrow. Originally, Slater and his team considered villains such as Raul Bushman, Stained Glass Scarlet, and Zodiac. However, rather than adapting an existing villain, they end up “[grabbed] a name” in a list of “all the villains who have appeared in a moon knight comedic,” and used it to create someone new. Read the full quote below:
“And we really looked at all types of classic villains. There was a couple we talked about; Stained Glass Scarlet, and you know, Zodiac, and different characters like that. Nobody really fit the parameters of the story we were telling, so we were like, ‘You know what, can we just introduce a guy, and we’ll take a name from some’ – you know, they gave me a list of [like] every villain that has appeared in a Moon Knight comic. I just walked by and said, ‘Arthur Harrow, that sounds like a cool villain name, let’s go with that.'”
Marc Spector’s comic book nemesis Bushman featured in the first two versions of the script and was almost the show’s main villain. There is even mention of the name of Marc’s mercenary commander, Bushman, in episode 5. Prior to the fifth episode of the series, moon knight alluded to the Desert Incident and the murder of Layla’s father by Marc’s unhinged partner, who many assumed was either another Quirk in his DID system or Bushman. This last theory turned out to be correct, but the Bushman did not succeed as Slater was uncomfortable with the way the character developed and wanted to avoid comparisons with Black Pantheris Killmonger.
When it was revealed that Hawke would be playing Harrow, the online fandom was very confused given the insignificance of the name in the comics. Naturally, this only added to the hype surrounding the series and allowed Slater and company to create quirky characters that best served their story. Unfortunately for Hawke and Harrow, moon knight‘The post-credits scene sees Khonshu and Jake Lockley pay the former cult leader what appears to be a fatal visit.
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