Throughout Moon Knight, there were numerous rumours over possible cameos in the Marvel series, with Kit Harington’s Eternals character, Black Knight, cropping up as a hopeful possibility.
However, the head writer of the Disney Plus show has explained why the Game of Thrones actor wouldn’t have worked in the overall narrative with the lead star Oscar Isaac, as well as remarking that it would have been a ‘waste of money’ to get him on board.
In Eternals, which came out in 2021, Kit was introduced as Dane Whitman, a human who’s dating Sersi (Gemma Chan) in London.
In a post-credits scene, Dane was shown opening a case and discovering the Ebony Blade, a weapon wielded by the character in the Marvel comics as the superhero Black Knight.
In the writers’ room for Moon Knight, the idea of having Dane make a surprise appearance was discussed, but eventually ruled out.
In an interview, Jeremy Slater, head writer on the production, said that they pondered over the idea of bringing Dane in to interact with Oscar’s Steven Grant, as a fellow museum employee.
However, he felt that fans would be annoyed if Dane didn’t suit up as Black Knight, telling ComicBook.com: ‘If I see him show up I want to see him go full Black Knight. Just seeing an interaction where he walks past and goes “Oh hey Steven,” who responds “Oh, hey Professor Whitman!” It felt like that would be a waste of the money it would cost Kit Harington in there.’
He outlined how ‘there’s only so much you can tease those reveals before people start to get frustrated’, explaining that there was ‘no space’ in the first two episodes ‘to really have him suit up and really involve the Black Knight in the storyline’.
So, even though they decided against the cameo in the end, it turns out it was a topic of conversation for a couple of days.
While there were confirmed discussions about Kit cropping up, Jeremy shared that Mahershala Ali’s vampire hunter Blade was never on the table, despite fan speculation.
‘We’re told in advance which characters are a little bit off limits,’ he said.
‘And I think at the time we were cracking Moon Knight, they were also kind of trying to crack the Blade story and try to figure out what that was. And so I think they wanted to keep them separately.’
In the season finale of Moon Knight, fans were treated to a first look at the superhero suit donned by Layla El-Faouly (May Calamawy) as she became the avatar of ancient Egyptian goddess Taweret, transforming into the Scarlet Scarab.
The post-credits scene also introduced the third identity being played by Oscar – Jake Lockley – alongside the already-established Marc Spector and Steven.
Moon Knight is available to watch on Disney Plus.