‘We Don’t Have To Change Marvel’: Moon Knight Star Ethan Hawke Reveals He Asked Oscar Isaac to ‘Play in Marvel’s Sandbox’


In a recent interview, the Moon Knight Star Ethan Hawke who played the role of Arthur Harrow in the series revealed how he entered this vast world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also shed light on how he also asked Oscar Issac for doing so. It is to be noted that The Black Phone actor’s daughter Maya Hawke also played a major role in her father’s appearance in the MCU.

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Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow in Moon Knight (2022).
Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow in Moon Knight (2022).

Often we have heard many criticisms about the big directors and personalities from the industry who accuse Marvel of not being the true definition of cinema still some great faces and A-listers like Angelina Jolie and Christian Bale agreed to work with them and many of the credit for this goes to their children only as they are the ones to convince their parents to try something new.


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How did Ethan Hawke ask Oscar Issac to enter The MCU?

Oscar's role in Moon Knight
Oscar Issac played the main role in Moon Knight

During the interview with Indiewire, Ethan Hawke revealed that the fans owe to his daughter Maya Hawke more popularly known as Robin, in the hit Netflix thriller Stranger Things for his appearance in the MCU. He stated that when he was asked by Marvel to play the role of Arthur Harrow in the series, his daughter came to him and asked to join the MCU and show them his talents instead of sitting outside and speaking badly about it:


“Maya would say to me, ‘Why are you sitting on the outside and telling everyone their sandbox is bad? Why don’t you go into their sandbox, play with them, and show them what you have to offer?’ “

This wisdom from his daughter helped Ethan Hawke to get convinced about his role, he further went on to spread the sermon to his fellow co-actor Oscar Issac whom we saw in the lead as the titular character of Moon Knight:

“I said to Oscar Isaac, ‘We’ve got to go play in Marvel’s sandbox and try to do what we do. We don’t have to change Marvel. We just want to show them what we’re capable of doing and see if they find it interesting.’ So we had a lot of rehearsals and worked on things a lot. We had a really good experience.”

The actor further revealed that all that we have heard about Marvel from Directors such as Martin Scorsese may apply to the directors but not the stars as MCU values its actors and is very actor friendly.


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The Future of Ethan Hawke in MCU:

Ethan Hawke (Before the Sunrise) and his daughter Maya Hawke (Stranger Things).
Ethan Hawke and his daughter Maya Hawke

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Speaking about the future of Arthur Harrow in MCU, Ethan Hawke left that in an ambiguous note as he said that he is not allowed to speak about that due to the NDA signed by him but he is also not interested in long-term commitments:

“I’m not supposed to talk about it. I had to sign an NDA about dealing with them, but I’m not interested in long-term commitments”

As per the ending of Moon Knight, we saw the third personality of Marc Spector in the form of Jake Lockley who appears in the last scene and kills Arthur Harrow but according to the classic rule of cinema, it is not yet confirmed as the scene was not fully shown to us so it can be hoped that someday we may spot Ethan Hawke again in the MCU.


All the episodes of Moon Knight can be exclusively streamed on Disney+

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Written by Subham Mandal

Subham Mandal is currently working as a content writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. He has written more than 900 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.