‘Moon Knight’ Star Ethan Hawke Describes Arthur Harrow as a ‘Bad’ Steve Jobs

Fans are excited about the next Marvel Cinematic Universe release, even though much of its plot is unknown, including details about the villain. Ethan Hawke stars as Arthur Harrow in Moon Knight, and although fans know he’s the villain of the story, they know there’s a catch. Now, the actor is offering up more information about his mysterious character.

Ethan Hawke, who plays Arthur Harrow in 'Moon Knight,' wears a black suit over a black button-up shirt and red tie.
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Ethan Hawke is playing Arthur Harrow in ‘Moon Knight’

For a while, Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke were the only two confirmed actors to appear in Moon Knight. Of course, everyone knew that Isaac played the title character, but it wasn’t until Marvel released the first trailer that the world found out who Hawke was playing. Thanks to closed captioning, we know the villain of Moon Knight is Arthur Harrow.

Hawke’s character came as a surprise to most fans since Arthur is a minor character in the comic books. He worked on “pain theory” experiments inspired by secret Nazi findings. And Moon Knight set out to stop the villain once he started using innocent people for his trials.

Arthur was never one of Moon Knight’s main adversaries, which leads some to believe there is more than meets the eye regarding his character in the Marvel Disney+ show.

One popular theory is that Harrow is the Sun King, one of Moon Knight’s most infamous villains. The Sun King’s role in the show would make sense since Moon Knight describes Arthur Harrow as a cult leader. And in the comic books, the Sun King started a cult.

Ethan Hawke teases Arthur Harrow’s character in ‘Moon Knight’

During an interview with USA Today, Ethan Hawke offered some new information about Arthur Harrow in Moon Knight.

“For me, it was like putting Jimmy Swaggart, Leo Tolstoy, (Fidel) Castro, the Dalai Lama, and Josef Mengele into a blender,” the actor shared. “That was the fun of it: What if Steve Jobs was a bad guy?”

Just when you think you might have an idea of who Arthur Harrow is in Moon Knight, Hawke describes him as an evil Steve Jobs. But if we weren’t interested in the Marvel series before, we definitely are now.

The article further gives more information about Arthur’s purpose in Moon Knight. It claims that the villain is an extremist cult leader who finds himself on a lethal mission, and he is connected to the god Ammit. Ammit, known as the Devourer of the Dead, is an Egyptian god who would judge the purity of people’s hearts. Marvel’s version of the god is named Ammut.

Oscar Isaac previews the upcoming Marvel Disney+ show

Oscar Isaac and producers teased what’s to come in Moon Knight in the USA Today piece.

Isaac claimed that the show feels “experimental” and is “quite true to the psychological horror of not knowing what’s happening and the slow revelations of the truth.” They wanted the audience to have a better understanding of dissociative identity disorder.

The actor added, “It’s amazing that the brain has this survival mechanism, this way to cope. At a very young age, if you’re going through sustained horrible trauma and abuse, something that can happen in order for one to survive is the brain splits into an alternate personality that has no idea of what’s happening. Otherwise, you die because it’s just so awful. And that is its own incredible, kind of beautiful superpower.”

Executive producer Grant Curtis concluded, “It’s a story about identity and finding one’s true self. The journey that Marc Spector is on during our whole show is: Who am I? And how do I reconcile portions of my past, present, and potential future that I don’t necessarily agree with? Coming to terms with our baggage and learning to live with ourselves is what we all deal with on a day-to-day basis.”

Moon Knight premieres on March 30 on Disney+.

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