‘Moon Knight’ Almost Featured Huge Marvel Cameos
moon knight ended up being one of the most self-contained Marvel shows on Disney+ to date. Where most of the company’s other streaming shows have featured cameos or tie-ins to other films and series – like Don Cheadle’s War Machine appearing in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier or Kingpin turns out to be the big bad on Hawk Eye — moon knight really focused on the main character. But I guess when your main character is technically multiple characters all sharing the same body, it takes longer.
Still, the creative team behind the show has at times discussed opening moon knight until more Marvel Cinematic Universe connections. In an interview with Talk about cinema, show creator Jeremy Slater revealed that the writers had been tossing around ideas for Marvel cameos. Some were really out there, like bringing back Chris Evans as old Captain America.
In the end, however, Slater revealed that there were only two cameos that were ever really “seriously discussed”:
Dane Whitman from Eternals of course, because at the time Steven Grant was going to work in the same museum. But there was never a logical reason for him to be on the show. As a Marvel fan, I’d be frustrated if Dane showed up for another cameo and it didn’t advance his story or give us any teasers for the Black Knight. Then we also talked about including the Eternals, especially Kingo and Makkari. We originally planned to show the original downfall of Ammit and the death of Alexander the Great in a flashback sequence, and it seemed like it might naturally fit with an appearance from the Eternals.
Slater said they ultimately decided to walk away from cameos for two reasons. The first was budget, as the series already featured not just Moon Knight but an entire pantheon of Egyptian gods (CGI rendering). The other was Marvel’s Kevin Feige, who told Slater “You know what, guys? I know everyone loves cameos. Everyone is happy about it. But I really think your story is standing on its own two feet right now.
Whether the show ultimately did that is up for debate, but the show sure would have felt even more crowded had they cast Dane Whitman or the Eternals.
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