Moon Knight is set to take center stage as the next MCU project on Disney+. As a result, the upcoming Marvel series has been bombarded by rumors in the past weeks, one of them being a potential Avenger sighting in the form of Mark Ruffalo's Hulk. The Green Goliath's rumored inclusion has made headlines ever since a photo of Ruffalo and Oscar Isaac in Budapest made rounds on social media during the show's production.
Ruffalo previously addressed the aforementioned photo, saying that he has "learned the hard way" when it comes to spoiling things. However, this didn't stop Marvel fans from speculating about his role in the series, as a recent rumor indicated that the Hulk would appear in the series.
Isaac added more fuel to the rumors by pointing out that his Moon Knight would get along really well with Ruffalo's Hulk, admitting that he "could see it happen."
Now, another Moon Knight star has addressed the Avengers-centric rumor.
Ethan Hawke Addresses Mark Ruffalo's Rumored Cameo
Ethan Hawke, who plays Arthur Harrow in Moon Knight, sat down as a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to talk about rumored appearances for other MCU characters in the Disney+ series.
Hawke first addressed the rumored involvement of Mark Ruffalo's Hulk in the series. While admitting that it would be cool to see the Avenger in the show, the veteran actor seemingly debunked the rumor by saying that Ruffalo "would have at least texted [him]" if he was included in the project:
"That would be cool, right? That would be cool. Except I know Mark Ruffalo, and I think if we were in the same show, he would have at least texted me or something. So I don’t think that one’s got a lot of legs. [Audience groans ] I know, I know. Maybe in another one!"
Fallon then shifted the topic to Blade's potential inclusion in the series. Hawke responded by admitting that he wished that Mahershala Ali's Marvel character would appear in the series, but the actor pointed out that he doesn't know if that will happen:
Hawke: "Oh. They think I’m being secretive...that whole Spider-Man stuff."
Fallon: "That’s right. Exactly. Yeah. All right, there’s a fan theory that Blade will appear in “Moon Knight.”
Hawke: "Oh, stop."
Fallon: "Now you’re playing -- Now you’re just playing with me. Would you have got a text from Blade?"
Hawke: "Yeah, I don’t know. I don’t know. I wish Blade was there. That would have been cool."
Fallon: "Okay. You’re good."
Will Hulk Show Up on Moon Knight?
Many see Ethan Hawke's latest response as the star trying to preserve a Marvel secret while acknowledging his non-disclosure agreement with the studio.
It's possible that he is really not aware of Mark Ruffalo's involvement in the series, since it's reasonable to assume that the pair would not have shared scenes with one another. On the flip side, it's also likely that Hawke knows something about Hulk's role in the series, and he is just being tight-lipped about the matter to avoid spoilers.
If Hulk does appear in the series, it remains to be seen how he would fit in the narrative, especially considering that the show is set in London. Still, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings showed that members of the Avengers can still be virtually present when needed, so this could indicate that the same technology will be utilized for Bruce Banner to show up.
While the general consensus is for Banner to recruit Marc Spector into the Avengers, there could be a different reason why one-half of the Science Bros. will be summoned. Given that Spector (or Steven Grant) has a dissociative identity disorder, it's safe to assume that he could seek professional help and the most viable person to reach out to is Banner, mainly due to his dual identity as the Hulk.
Doing this would allow a seamless transition for Hulk in the series while still establishing the interconnected aspect of the MCU. Meanwhile, a potential Blade appearance would also fit in Moon Knight due to the character's supernatural ties.
Moon Knight is set to premiere on Disney+ on March 30.