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Ethan Hawke's Son Holds All the Moon Knight Secrets

Apparently, the actor needed some help with his top-secret MCU role opposite Oscar Issac. He found it at home.
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By the looks of it, Moon Knight, which stars Oscar Isaac, might be the the Marvel Cinematic Universe's darkest entry yet. Also, its most confusing. If you want to know exactly how confounding this character's backstory is before we actually explain it, just ask Ethan Hawke—who will helm the role of the villain in the series. Apparently, he had to turn to someone for help sorting out all of the moving parts for this corner of the MCU. That someone? His son, of course.

"My son. My son has to know everything," Hawke told Variety. "He's 19. He was the perfect age for the Marvel universe. He came of age as that whole explosion happened. So whenever I needed to know the backstory behind this guy, or this character, he's like, 'Oh, Dad! Let me correct you on that.' So he was my go-to resource."

Well, count Hawke's son as one of the (very) few individuals trusted with the secrets of Kevin Feige's empire. For the rest of us, we're left to speculate once again. And since those living outside of the Hawke family home still haven't seen much from the Moon Knight front, let's run down everything you need to know about the upcoming Disney+ series.

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When Will Moon Knight Debut on Disney+?

Moon Knight spent last spring trolling around Budapest, taking over its fine arts museums, apparently, and filming. (They were last spotting rolling in April.) Marvel is a well-oiled machine nowadays with its filming and release schedules, so if Moon Knight filmed then—given what we've seen with past Disney+ series—we'll likely see a debut sometime during the first half of 2022.

What Can We Expect From Moon Knight?

The plan for Moon Knight is a bit obscure. So try to follow along here: The character Moon Knight first appeared in the comics back in 1975 as a boxer-turned-U.S.-Marine-turned mercenary named Marc Spector. He gets wrapped up in some comic-book shenanigans—running into Khonshu, the ancient Egyptian Moon god—and becomes the god's acolyte of sorts on Earth. Here's the most interesting bit: Spector has dissociative identity disorder, so he takes on multiple characters and personas throughout his adventures. So Moon Knight is a little bit like Batman meets Split. We glimpse a tiny bit of this in the teaser, with Spector's voiceover revealing that he can't tell the difference between his "waking life" and his dreams.

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So you can imagine why the show would prove a spotlight vehicle for Issac, who's just a bit wary of multimillion-dollar Disney projects following his seemingly regrettable time as Poe Dameron in the recent Star Wars trilogy. We don't know too much about how the MCU plans to approach Moon Knight, but in August, fans started circulating what might (or very well might not) be a look at what's to come:

Later on, during November's Disney+ day—which promised to give us a boatload of announcements and teasers for its upcoming projects—we saw another fleeting look of Isaac in the role. In the teaser, there's a spooky voiceover from Isaac, with a glimpse of him beating the snot out of someone, roaming around in the night, and having identity issues.

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Something we and Ethan Hawke and Ethan Hawke's son know for sure is that Ethan Hawke will play the villain of the series, though it's TBD on which one of Spector's antagonists he will be. Egypt native Mohammed Diab will direct Moon Knight and Ramy's May Calamawy will star in another yet-to-be-named role.

We'll keep this story updated if and when the mystery behind Moon Knight starts to reveal itself. While you wait, here's Hawke about how Isaac enticed him to join the project: “A lot of it is Oscar to me, to be honest with you," Hawke said on The Watch podcast. "I find him to be a very exciting player in my field. I like what he’s doing with his life. He reminds me of the actors, when I first arrived at New York, that I looked up to. Oscar’s younger than me, and I like the way he carries himself, and I like the way he thinks. And in general, good things happen when you’re in the room with people that you like the way they think, right?”

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