Regardless of whether or not you enjoyed Marvel’s latest (mini?) series Moon Knight, you have to admit that it was a refreshing change of pace for the franchise. Oscar Isaac’s mindboggling performance(s) aside, what truly set it aside from every other entry in the MCU was its lack of links to any other existing heroes or events in that world.
Aside from one brief mention to Madripoor, I personally don’t recall any other reference to anything remotely related to the Avengers or any other marvelous character in the show.
According to the series’ showrunner, however, that wasn’t the original intention. In an exclusive interview with The Direct, Jeremy Slater revealed that the Eternals were actually supposed to have a brief appearance. He said that he wanted to establish the presence of the immortal heroes in a flashback sequence, and that “3 or 4 of [them]” would’ve appeared in a “big action sequence” taking place in ancient Egypt alongside another one of Khonshu’s Avatars.
He said that Kumail Nanjiani’s Kingo would have definitely appeared because he and Nanjiani are close buddies in real life, but did not elaborate on who else would join him.
Now, why were the cameos cut? The answer is simple: cost. He told the site, “It was a really fun scene, but it was so massively expensive to recreate Ancient Egypt.”
He added, “It was one of those things where it was a very fun scene, and it would have been a great cold open to one of the episodes, but it also would have had to come out of our budget somewhere else, and probably would have hurt our finale along the way.”
While the jury is still out on whether or not there will be a second season of the series, Slater assured fans that, “There’s plenty of time in the future to team this guy up with other characters in the MCU and start building these connections.”
The Eternals were quite literally the last people I’d expect to appear in the show, but that goes to show just how many possibilities there are in the MCU now. The idea alone sets the precedent that fans should expect anyone to appear and anything to happen at any given time.
Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, Moon Knight follows the adventures of a former U.S Marine with dissociative identity disorder (DID), named Marc Spector, who becomes the avatar for the ancient Egyptian moon god Khonshu and a crime fighting mercenary after discovering his statue.
The Umbrella Academy‘s Jeremy Slater is both the series’ showrunner and lead writer, while Mohamed Diab, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Synchronic) all split directing duties across its six episodes.
The entire series is available to stream now exclusively on Disney+.
SOURCE: The Direct