In Pics: Some fascinating facts about Oscar Isaac-Ethan Hawke’s Marvel series
The sixth TV series in the MCU Phase4, Moon Knight premiered on Disney+ Hotstar on March 30.
Moon Knight is the latest Marvel TV series to premiere on OTT. The series is based on the Marvel comics character of the same name, created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin. As Oscar Isaac’s series continues its successful run on Disney+Hotstar, here are a few intriguing facts about the MCU show.
First MCU series to have an Arab director
Moon Knight’s directorial team is headed by Mohamed Diab. The series is thus the first show in the Marvel cinematic universe to be helmed by an Arab director.
Consulted a psychiatrist to authentically portray mental illness
Moon Knight protagonist, Marc Spector, has dissociative identity disorder (DID). In order to accurately portray the themes of mental health it deals with, the makers of the show consulted a psychiatrist, Dr Paul Puri.
Consulted Egyptologists to design sets
In Moon Knight, Spector gets his powers from an Egyptian deity. In order to represent ancient Egypt in the best possible way, production designer Stefania Cella consulted with Egyptologists and an Egyptian supervising art director.
Large sets constructed in Budapest, Hungary
For Moon Knight, massive sets were built in Origo Studios in Budapest, Hungary. The makers were able to readily access experts specialising in Egyptian history. The makers also had to recreate London’s Brixton street in Budapest as well, remodelling a market street in Budapest for the same.
The statues of Egyptian deities were built over the course of three months
Moon Knight’s production designer Stefania Cella made sure to follow the suggestions given by consulting Egyptologists while constructing the sets. The sets were painstakingly built over the course of months, by sculptors brought in by Cella from Italy. The Chamber of the Gods, in particular, took three months to build, and it was built on a huge soundstage almost three stories high.
Sets reflected Steven Grants dual identities
Moon Knight protagonist Marc Spector has dissociative identity disorder and Cella wanted to symbolically reflect his dual identity of Steven Grant as well in the set. She used water and similar reflective surfaces to reflect the themes of duality and identity.
Egyptian exhibits in museum made from scratch
Moon Knight’s museum scenes showcased the Egyptian exhibits which were constructed by the makers from scratch. Hand-built columns and a gift shop were among them, which took the team months to complete.
Arthur Harrow’s look was based on real cult leaders
In Moon Knight, Ethan Hawke stars as the show’s main antagonist, Arthur Harrow. Harrow’s look from the series was based on actual cult leaders. The monk-like costume features colours to reflect London and Egypt. Harrow also wears woven sandals similar to that of monks as well.
Last Updated: 08.09 PM, Apr 29, 2022