It’s been a wild trip through some of Marvel’s weirder regions, although according to Moon Knight‘s head writer (and executive producer), Jeremy Slater, it might have gone rather differently.
Slater has revealed on the House of R Podcast that the original bad guy was going to be taken directly from the comics: Raul Bushman, who is instrumental in Spector’s backstory, was intended to be the villain. He’s a belligerent merc with razor-sharp steel teeth and a temperament to match. Here’s how Slater described it:
“There were a lot of specifics in the pitch that didn’t wind up working in the show. Bushman was initially going to be the main villain. I thought he was going to be possessed by an Egyptian god by the end of it, and you’d have a big sort of avatar battle.”
In the end, Bushman was still a part of the narrative, albeit just a passing mention as Spector’s mercenary squad leader. Spector rebelled and attempted to rescue the scientists after Bushman ordered him to kill an unarmed team of archaeologists. He failed, with Layla’s father being shot during the attempt, and when he dragged his bullet
It’s unclear if Bushman’s live-action adaptation will ever be used in the MCU. We now know he exists, and Marc Spector and Layla have a bone to pick with him. We hope we see those steel jaws in action at some point.
Moon Knight‘s season one finale will air on Disney Plus this Wednesday.
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