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“We Have a Mentally-Ill Hero”: Ethan Hawke Discusses ‘Moon Knight’

The most highly-anticipated Marvel movie on its way soon is most likely Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but Marvel Studios has another lesser-known series coming to Disney+ first! Moon Knight is a new Marvel series starring Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke; you can see the Moon Knight trailer here.

During the press tour for Moon Knight series, that same new Marvel show that is coming to Disney+ on March 30, Oscar-nominated actor Ethan Hawke spoke to Marvel fans about his Marvel villain and the unique position that he’s found himself in as a villain competing with an unreliable hero.

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‘Moon Knight’, the newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that will soon be streaming on Disney+. Credit: Marvel Studios

In the Moon Knight series, Oscar Isaac has two characters: Steven Grant, a citizen who is average (aside from some mysterious blackouts and unfamiliar memories), and Marc Spector (a mercenary vigilante also known as Moon Knight, who is also the “ruthless avatar of Khonshu, the Egyptian god of the moon and vengeance”).

Because Steven Grant has Dissociative Identity Disorder, the man that Isaac calls “a little Englishman” and the vigilante Marc Spector are both occupying the same body — leading to the premise and plot of the Moon Knight series, which is based on some Marvel comics.

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Oscar Isaac as Steven Grant and mercenary Marc Spencer and Ethan Hawke as cult leader Dr. Arthur Harrow in ‘Moon Knight’, the newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that is inspired by Marvel comics. Credit: Disney / Deadline.com

Ethan Hawke is playing the ‘villain’ in this Marvel series and Disney+ series, a cult leader named Dr. Arthur Harrow whose focus is time portals; however, because the main character can’t be trusted by viewers, Hawke had a lot to say about his character’s villain status. According to him, director Mohamed Diab “was really embracing his [Steven Grant’s] mental illness to provide an unreliable narrator,” Hawke said on the Moon Knight press tour.

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Actor Oscar Isaac playing the roles of Steven Grant and mercenary Marc Spector in ‘Moon Knight’ on Disney+  Credit: Marvel

“Once you’ve broken the prism of reality, everything the audience is seeing is from a skewed point of view…That’s really interesting for the villain: Am I really being seen as I am?” Ethan Hawke mused.

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Oscar Isaac as Steven Grant and mercenary Marc Spencer in ‘Moon Knight’ Images Credit: Marvel / Disney+

“The histories of movies are paved with storytellers using mental illness as a building block for the villain,” he added. “(There are) countless stories of mentally ill villains, and we have a mentally ill hero…we’ve now inverted the whole process, and now as the antagonist, I can’t be crazy because the hero is crazy,” the four-time Academy Award-nominated actor explained. “so, I have to find a sane lunatic or a sane malevolent source, and that was an interesting riddle for me.”

Are you a Marvel fan who is excited to see this unique Marvel series streaming on March 30, and do you know some other Marvel fans who are still more excited to see the new Doctor Strange Marvel movie than this TV series, or even the upcoming show Ms. Marvel?

About Sharon

Sharon is from New England. She's a writer, animal lover, and, of course, a Disney Fanatic! Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures.