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'Moon Knight': Marvel show nearly brought Chris Evans' Captain America back into MCU

Series writer Jeremy Slater had a few interesting names in his mind while discussing cameos in 'Moon Knight'
UPDATED JUN 25, 2022
A still from 'Moon Knight' (L) and Chris Evans (R) in a still from 'Avengers: Endgame' (Marvel)
A still from 'Moon Knight' (L) and Chris Evans (R) in a still from 'Avengers: Endgame' (Marvel)

Marvel’s latest show ‘Moon Knight’ turned out to be one of the most successful shows for the production company and a lot of viewers tuned in to watch the series. Whenever a new show from Marvel arrives on television, viewers just want to know if any other character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) will be seen making an appearance on the show or not and ‘Moon Knight’ was no different.

Even though the series, led by Oscar Issac, barely made any reference to any of the events from other movies or shows, viewers undoubtedly wanted to see characters from MCU on the series. However, it seems the writers of the series considered bringing some characters from the MCU into the show. Screenwriter Jeremy Slater, who wrote the Marvel series, opened up why he and the makers refrained from using other characters from the MCU.


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While talking about the series, Slater revealed that they actually considered including MCU characters on the show, but felt that there was “no logical reason” to have them in this particular universe. However, viewers would be excited to know that Captain America was one of the characters that they wanted to have in the series. Talking to Discussing Film, Slater said, “There were definitely different times in the writing process where we talked about cameos because cameos are one of the most fun things to discuss in a writer’s room. What happens if we try to get Chris Evans back as old Captain America? You know, you sit there and play that “what if” game among your writers.”

Chris Evans attends the 'Lightyear' UK Premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square on June 13, 2022, in London, England (Getty Images)

Steve Rogers aka Captain America has not been seen in any movie or show since ‘Avengers: Endgame’, and Marvel would definitely find a way to make him appear in the MCU again, but ‘Moon Knight’ didn’t seem to be the right choice. However, Captain America wasn’t the only character they discussed inside the writers’ room. While conceptualizing the stories, they also thought of bringing two characters from the ‘Eternals’ and the one who almost got a cameo in the series was Kit Harrington’s Dane Whiteman. But then, something made him feel that there was no need for that.

Kit Harington as Black Knight in 'Eternals' (Marvel/Marvel Studios)

“Dane Whitman from ‘Eternals’ of course, because at the time Steven Grant was going to be working at the same museum. But there was never any logical reason for him to be in the show. As a Marvel fan, I would be frustrated if Dane showed up for another cameo and it didn’t progress his story or give us any teasers for the Black Knight,” Slater noted.
However, it was Kevin Feige who actually cleared his mind about the unnecessary cameos by saying that the show is “standing on its own two feet right now.”

‘Moon Knight’ received praise for its storytelling and epic performance by Oscar Issac. When the series first premiered, fans actually liked that the series is not connected with anything in the MCU. But we know that ‘Moon Knight’ will certainly make an appearance in the MCU in near future. As of now, we don’t know when Marc, Steven, and Jake Lockley will be gracing our screens again and we might get an announcement for Season 2 really soon.

Oscar Isaac in a still from 'Moon Knight' (Disney+)

‘Moon Knight’ was seen by 1.8 million households in the first five days of its release and racked up 418 million minutes of viewing time in the same week. The series currently holds an 87 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.