Moon Knight head writer Jeremy Slater talks about the show’s finale post-credit scene and how the team executed this big tease.
WARNING! Spoiler for Moon Knight below.
Moon Knight Head Writer Jeremy Slater opened up about the post-credits scene for the Season 1 finale and explained how the creative team went about executing Jake Lockley’s big reveal. In the series, Oscar Isaac steps into the shoes of Marc Spector aka Steven Grant aka Moon Knight in order to fight against a fanatical extremist named Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke). The series is now available to stream in its entirety on Disney+.
One of the defining characteristics of Moon Knight’s character is his life with dissociative identity disorder. In the comics, he often has multiple Quirks that switch control. However, in the show’s first season, the dynamic was mostly centered around its softer character, Steven Grant, and the tougher, more experienced Marc Spector. The first season’s six-episode arc centers around their quest to break free from their role as the avatar of Khonshu (F. Murray Abraham), and while it appears they’re succeeding in their endeavor, the post scene – credit of Moon Knight finale introduces a third personality who still voluntarily works for Khonshu: Jake Lockley. A fan-favorite character from the comics, Jake is one of Moon Knight’s most brutal and violent personalities, and apparently both Marc and Steven will have to deal with future storylines.
With Moon Knight now fully released in its entirety, fans have many questions about Jake Lockley’s inclusion at the end of the finale. In a recent interview with marvel.comSlater touched on the decision to tease Jake and noted that they wanted to drop hints early and make his tease accessible to fans of Moon Knight as well as newcomers. Noting this balancing act, Slater explained:
We knew from the start that fans were going to be looking for references and clues that Jake Lockley was going to appear on the show…we need to make sure the mystery works out just as satisfyingly for newcomers to the show. Moon Knight narrative. It was really just a balancing act that definitely involved my writing staff, but also the directors, the executives, and ultimately, right down to Kevin Feige, in terms of how many bread crumbs do we lose? Is this a satisfying revelation? Are we telegraphing it too much? Or are we not telegraphing enough?
Of course, Jake Lockley’s on-screen inclusion was the culmination of a series of teases that ran throughout the season of Moon Knight. Before showing in the post-credit scene, Jake also briefly appeared in a mirror at Steven’s apartment in the show’s second episode. He was also confirmed to be responsible for the violent murders that neither Marc nor Steven took responsibility for in the third episode. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it has been confirmed that the sarcophagus seen in Moon Knight episode 4 was intended to portray Jake.
All of this seems to point to a future for Jake Lockley as Moon Knight the stories take place in the MCU. He is the only personality who seems to actually want to work with Khonshu, and he is willing to commit acts of extreme violence in order to accomplish Khonshu’s mission. This will likely put him at odds with Marc and Steven when he finally reveals himself, but audiences will just have to wait and see how Jake Lockley’s story unfolds.
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