Moon Knight Head Writer Reveals Villains That Almost Appeared

Marvel Studio’s Disney+ series Moon Knight recently finished up its first season, and although the season focused mainly on just one villain — Ethan Hawke’s Arthur Harrow — the team behind the series had many more ideas for other villains to appear.

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Jeremy Slater, an executive producer and the head writer of Moon Knight, said that the team considered many other villains for the series, including Bushman, a character that has appeared in various Moon Knight comics as a longstanding villain to Moon Knight.

“I mean Bushman was in my first couple versions of the script for sure, and we tried to have several different versions of him,” Slater told The Direct. “Ultimately, I was the one to make the decision to ax Bushman. I went to Marvel and said I’m not comfortable with this, can we take him out and talk about different versions, and they were always really supportive.”

Slater also spoke about a handful of other villains that were potentially considered for the series, including some lesser-known Marvel villains like Stained Glass Scarlet and Zodiac. Instead, Slater said, he ended up taking various traits from a ton of villains and using that to come up with an original character for the show.

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“We really looked at all of the sort of classic villains. There was a couple that we talked about; Stained Glass Scarlet, and you know, Zodiac, and different characters like that. No one really kind of fit the parameters of the story we were telling, so we were just like, ‘You know what, can we just introduce a guy, and we’ll grab a name from some’—you know, they gave me a list of [like] every villain whose ever appeared in a Moon Knight comic. I just went through and went like, ‘Arthur Harrow, that sounds like a cool villain name, let’s go with that.’”