Marvel Studios has enjoyed its return to the spotlight in recent weeks, particularly when it comes to some of the darker properties that now reside on Disney+. Mid-March saw the shows that were originally housed on Netflix, including Daredevil and Jessica Jones, make their way onto the streaming service. And all this happened shortly before Marvel's Moon Knight made its long-awaited streaming debut.
Moon Knight is already seeing plenty of success after its first two episodes, with the show fully exploring some serious mental health issues while delivering epic action throughout. Giving fans two all-new characters from Oscar Isaac in Steven Grant and Marc Spector, on top of Ethan Hawke's villainous Arthur Harrow, the series is off to a fantastic start.
Episode 1 performed well in viewership in relation to the MCU's other Phase 4 Disney+ premieres, and Episode 2 should rival those same numbers when they release to the public. Included in that viewing crowd were a couple of major players from other Phase 4 properties, who shared their thoughts on the newest addition to the show's story.
Kingpin and Shang-Chi Actors on Moon Knight
MCU stars Vincent D'Onofrio and Simu Liu took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Episode 2 of Marvel Studios' Moon Knight, which is now streaming on Disney+.
D'Onofrio praised his friend, Ethan Hawke, for his performance as Arthur Harrow in the first two episodes, which he said were "great." The veteran actor made his name in the Marvel world as Wilson Fisk in Netflix's Daredevil and Marvel Studios' Hawkeye, the latter of which just arrived on Disney+ in 2021:
"My pal Hawke is so good in Moon Knight. Love this Show. Oscar and May Calamawy too. Ep 1 and 2 are great. Can't wait for 3"
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' leading man Liu shared a funnier reaction to the last episode, noting that Hawke's Arthur Harrow wasn't great at speaking Mandarin while conversing with Steven Grant at his commune. Liu spoke Mandarin in numerous parts of 2021's Shang-Chi:
"Alright Arthur Harrow needs to fire his Mandarin teacher"
Marvel Stars Support Newcomers in Moon Knight
While Marvel Studios is expanding to new heights, the franchise's stars seem more supportive than ever of other projects that add to the growing narrative.
Vincent D'Onofrio isn't usually one to hold back his excitement for Marvel projects, especially after weeks of cryptic social media posts leading up to his eventual reveal as Wilson Fisk in Hawkeye's season finale. He's looked ahead to a potential return in other projects, and with his friend now starring in Moon Knight, his support only helps to add more hype to the show's run.
The same can be said about Simu Liu, whose own social media activity actually helped land him the job as Shang-Chi before he starred in his first MCU film last September. Liu has already shared his thoughts on other properties, including during the lead-up to Spider-Man: No Way Home, and he even found a personal connection to this latest series due to Arthur Harrow trying to speak Mandarin.
As Moon Knight moves towards its final four episodes, fans will keep an eye on Twitter and other mediums for more reactions from the MCU's biggest stars regarding this latest entry.
The first two episodes of Moon Knight are now streaming on Disney+, as are Hawkeye, Daredevil, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.