Jeremy Slater , former showrunner of The Umbrella Academy , was chosen by Marvel Studios as the head writer of Moon Knight , and obviously worked on the series from the earliest stages.
Speaking with the House of R podcast , Slater revealed that the initial plans were quite different, involving two characters well known to fans.
In the beginning, Maya Lopez aka Echo was supposed to be Marc Spector ‘s romantic interest , but evidently Marvel Studios thought she was a better fit for Hawkeye (rightfully so).
At the time, Echo was supposed to be our romantic interest, just because [the producers] knew that Marvel liked the character of Echo and was looking for a show to put her in. [But] it didn’t work for the story we wanted to tell. [Eventually] they said, “You know what, we have this Hawkeye series and we think it would suit her better.” And we thought, “Oh, thank God “.
In addition to Echo , the initial idea had Bushman as the main antagonist of the Lunar Knight .
Bushman was initially supposed to be the main enemy. I thought he was going to be possessed by an Egyptian god eventually, and there was going to be some kind of great avatar battle.
Bushman was however named in the fifth episode: it is the mercenary who tried to kill Marc during the mission in Egypt, after exterminating all the archaeologists (including Layla ‘s father ). The producers are thought to have opted for Arthur Harrow because Bushman was deemed too similar to Killmonger , the Black Panther antagonist , but we don’t know for sure.
The series is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe , but producer Grant Curtis explained that there are no ties “to the current MCU ” (ie: no direct references to other characters or other stories in this narrative universe). Despite taking place in the same universe as the Avengers , in short, the events of the Lunar Knight make history in themselves, and visit corners never explored so far.
I remind you that the finale will be released Wednesday, May 4 on Disney + , and will be the shortest of the Marvel Studios live-action series . Likely, the show won’t have a second season . Don’t miss the latest spot .