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Moon Knight: How Maya Hawke Convinced Father Ethan To Accept Villain Role

Moon Knight star Ethan Hawke reveals how his daughter, Maya Hawke, persuaded him to take the villain role and join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Ethan Hawke at the premiere of Disney+ Moon Knight

Ethan said that it was Maya who encouraged him to finally step up and join the league of heroes and villains in the MCU. Maya started her career in the industry in 2017 when she starred as Jo in the BBC adaptation of Little Women. She also played Robin Buckley in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things Season 3 and reprised the role in the fourth one.

On the other hand, Ethan made his debut in the MCU as Arthur Harrow in the Disney+ series Moon Knight. Moreover, he also had other projects such as Scott Derrickson’s The Black Phone and Robert Eggers’ The Northman. The year 2022 brought a lot of opportunities for Ethan, knowing he typically does not do superhero movies.

Why Ethan Hawke Joined MCU’s Moon Knight

Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow in Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight series

In his interview with IndieWire, Ethan reveals what Maya had told him when she learned he was considered for the MCU role.

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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?’ 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.”

Ethan mainly worked in the indie film industry in the past years, and he felt comfortable with his co-star Oscar Isaac who also made a career in independent films. Like Ethan, Isaac is now making waves in the mainstream media such as Star Wars and the Dune series.

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Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke in a scene in Moon Knight

It is yet to confirm whether Ethan will reprise his role as Arthur Harrow in Moon Knight as the actor has already expressed that he is not keen on making long-term commitments with the MCU.


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Written by Ariane

Ariane, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.