Ethan Hawke teases Arthur Harrow may have survived that encounter with Khonshu and Jake Lockley in Moon Knight’s post-credits scene.
Moon Knight’s finale ended with the supposed death of its main villain, and Ethan Hawke has now addressed whether his character is dead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Studios’ sixth Disney+ series premiered on March 30, introducing audiences to Oscar Isaac as gift shoppist Steven Grant—who was previously unaware of his alternate personalities, including the mercenary, Marc Spector, who serves as the avatar for the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. Hawke plays the series’ primary antagonist Arthur Harrow, a cult leader with a penchant for putting broken glass in his shoes.
As Khonshu’s disgruntled former champion, Harrow, and the goddess Ammit ultimately fail in purging the world of sinners—past, present, and future. In the post-credits scene of Moon Knight’s finale, Harrow is now the one in a mental institution before being wheeled out by the much-hyped third personality, Jake Lockley. After Harrow is thrown into Khonshu’s limo, the flat-caped driver shoots the former cult leader four times before driving away. While his fate might seem pretty straightforward, Hawke is here to tease otherwise.
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In a recent interview with ComicBook to promote Scott Derrickson’s new horror movie The Black Phone, Hawke was asked whether his MCU villain is actually dead. It’s worth noting that Moon Knight’s main character was resurrected by an Egyptian god, Harrow’s body was never shown, and this is the MCU. That said, Hawke didn’t reveal much but he teased that Harrow “sure doesn’t seem dead to me.”
Moon Knight’s post-credits scene seems to set up a season 2. In the finale, Khonshu seemingly frees Marc Spector from his pact, but the credits scene shows the Egyptian god is still very much in control of Jake Lockley. Moon Knight has always been billed as a limited series, with Isaac and Hawke’s contracts not extending beyond season 1. It’s unclear what Hawke knows as he’s suggested in the past that Moon Knight’s reception would determine the future of its characters and story. That said, it’s more likely Harrow appears in a second season or Moon Knight-centric film rather than elsewhere in the MCU.
Originally, Moon Knight writer Jeremy Slater and his team considered villains like Raul Bushman, Stained Glass Scarlet, and Zodiac before creating an original character in Harrow. Hawke’s comment suggests his character’s story could continue in a second season even if the writers choose to introduce another villain. Having realized the error of his ways, Hawke could return as an ally or reprise the role as his Ned Flanders-esque physiatrist—who would still be alive if the events of Moon Knight took place in Marc’s head. Regardless, it’s unlikely fans have seen the last of Steven, Marc, and Jake.
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