Warning! Spoilers ahead for Moon Knight.
Director Mohamed Diab teases how the Moon Knight post-credits scene sets up Jake Lockley’s story in the MCU. Marvel Studios’ sixth Disney+ series has just wrapped up with a fast-paced ending that saw Ammit and Khonshu finally go up against each other. But while it finally resolved its core storyline, Moon Knight‘s post-credits scene hints at what the future may look like for the franchise’s newest hero.
Oscar Isaac’s MCU introduction sees him playing a character who lives with dissociative identity disorder (DID) with two known alters established throughout Moon Knight‘s run. The show’s final stretch fully tackled the dynamic between Steven Grant, a mild-mannered London gift shop employee, and Marc Spector, a mercenary, as they work together to stop Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke) from enacting his nefarious plans in honor of Ammit. In the end, Marc and Steven succeeded in their mission; the pair also find a way to co-exist with each other. However, as in Marvel Comics, there’s a third alter named Jake Lockley who was officially introduced through Moon Knight‘s post-credits scene.
Speaking exclusively with Screen Rant, Diab discusses the idea of Moon Knight initially focusing on Steven and Marc. They tried incorporating Jake early on but ultimately pulled back because they didn’t feel like they were giving the character justice. While Diab swears he doesn’t know about Marvel Studios’ future plans for the character and the show, he’s hoping that the stinger will be a launching pad for Lockley’s own arc in the MCU. Read his full quote below:
Everything in the show is a collaborative work. I think Jeremy came up with this idea that let’s focus on the two of them, Marc and Steven, because they need time. And when we tried at some point to put Jake in the story, it felt like we’re not giving him what he deserves. He deserves a whole fleshed out story.
To me, the end of our story could be the beginning of his story. If one day, they’re going to extend that world. Hopefully. I don’t know anything about that, I swear.
While Lockley wasn’t introduced until the very end of Moon Knight, his existence had been teased throughout the show. When Marc first got to Cairo, he went through a couple of blackouts, waking up not knowing what actually happened. Towards the finale, when Steven and Marc had become more in sync, it became clearer that neither of them knew what happened during certain periods of time, hinting at a third alter for the character. Marvel Comics readers already knew about Lockley, and some were convinced that it was only a matter of time before the MCU also brought him in. Luckily, they didn’t have to wait that long for the character’s live-action debut.
Interestingly, the Disney+ show was originally billed as a limited series. This means that a second season was off the table. But given the introduction of Jake Lockley in the Moon Knight stinger, it’s curious if Marvel Studios changed their minds regarding the matter. In any case, it’s possible that the new alter’s story can be fleshed out through a film or in other projects. But considering what Moon Knight was able to do given its limited connection to the bigger MCU, their best bet in fleshing out Lockley’s story properly is through another season.