Marvel Studios just completed its first full Disney+ project of 2022 with the Disney+ premiere of the sixth and final episode of Moon Knight. The timing of this conclusion ensured the show had its own time in the spotlight before Doctor Strange 2 debuts in theaters and breaks the internet. With that final episode comes yet another classic MCU post-credits scene, providing fans with a whole new surprise to dissect while they wait for Moon Knight's next round of MCU adventures.
The post-credits scenes in Phase 4 have come with wildly mixed results, particularly with Marvel utilizing so many new scenes on the Disney+ side of the story since January 2021. Although some of them have truly set up the MCU's expansive future the way WandaVision did with Elizabeth Olsen's evolving Scarlet Witch, others kept things much closer to the ground, just as Hawkeye did with Rogers: The Musical.
Moon Knight is in a unique situation in that regard, as it's the first MCU Disney+ series to put a brand-new character in the leading role - a particularly interesting one at that due to Marc Spector's Dissociative Identity Disorder. Now, fans are getting a glimpse into just how far Marvel went to bring something truly shocking with its sixth new streaming entry.
Moon Knight's Post-Credits Scene Explained
WARNING: The rest of this article contains spoilers for Episode 6 of Moon Knight.
Marvel spoke with Moon Knight crew and cast members about the post-credits scene from Episode 6, which finally revealed the Jake Lockley persona of Oscar Isaac's Marc Spector.
Cinematographer Gregory Middleton explained how the team filmed the shot in the bingo room so that Jake is always lurking, but never fully seen in the shot. They intentionally stretched everything out to make the reveal linger ahead of its actual debut:
“When we did the shot in the bingo room, as [Jake] comes in, we filmed it so you sort of almost see him — but then you don’t. Then his hands come in. Even his hand gestures are kind of sinister, and as he goes away, we push the camera through into the glass. You can’t quite see him, it’s all deliberately to stretch it out. If you were worried or hoping for Jake, hopefully, you’re cheering and pounding the whole way through.”
Lead actor and executive producer Oscar Isaac even added his own flair to that part of the role, wanting to do more than "pay service to some idea" that originally came from the comics. The actor thought that his one speaking line should be spoken in Spanish just to tease "the kind of control that he has," especially with things having been so chaotic with both Marc and Steven:
“I saw an opportunity to bring something of myself to it that’s not just trying to pay service to some idea that was in the comics. The thought of, ‘He’s just going to have the one line that he speaks, it should be in Spanish.’ There’s something that’s ominous about him, the kind of control that he has versus, you know, both Marc and Steven that have been so off foot. It just feels like it was just a really fun chance to let the instinct of, after having played these two guys, imagining what else could be in there and the excitement of shooting that scene.”
Director Mohammed Diab shared how much he loves the idea that Jake is a Latino character, even noting how he hums a Guatemalan hymn while he pushes Arthur Harrow's wheelchair through the hospital. The director noted how clear it was that this character Isn't Marc, teasing what's coming with somebody so different:
“I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen with the third completely different character with a completely different background.”
Consulting producer Sarah Goher described how scary Isaac is when he reveals the Jake persona, although it's also "such a stylish Jake" at the same time. She praised Isaac for his ability to bring so much to the character and make him "so real and palpable," teasing that fans and viewers will look forward to seeing where Jake goes in the future:
“The moment that Oscar comes out as Jake — he’s scary. But he’s such a stylish Jake. It’s like if [you met him, you’d] be like, ‘wow, so you’re Jake Lockley,’ in a way that you’re kind of enamored and scared at the same time. Oscar just knows how to extract the most amazing things, and helps create a character that’s so real and so palpable. Wherever he takes Jake, we’re all going to follow.”
Head writer and executive producer Jeremy Slater teased how much a second watch-through of Moon Knight will reveal about Jake being right there the entire time, noting that this idea "was always the goal:"
“The second time you watch it, everything neatly slots into place. Hopefully, you realize some of these mysteries were right in front of your eyes the whole time. That was always the goal and the ambition.”
Jake Lockley Finally Arrives in Moon Knight
All throughout Season 1 of Moon Knight, there was always the sense of someone inside the main character's body other than Marc Spector and Steven Grant - the most violent of all three personalities. Everything seemed primed to lead up to the reveal of Jake Lockley, one of the character's classic personas from the comics, and he finally showed up in full in the post-credits scene from Episode 6.
Oscar Isaac had teased Lockley's potential introduction before the end of the show, and it was something that viewers and crew members alike wanted to see on the small screen. As more footage showed a side of the leading hero that was even more brutal than either of his two main personalities from the show, anticipation built to see him actually realized in the MCU.
Now, as the wait begins for a potential second season of Moon Knight and the next appearance for the hero in the future, Jake Lockley will be a key point of discussion in the complicated character's continuing journey.
All six episodes of Moon Knight are available to stream on Disney+.