But Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige warned against “shoehorning into an unnecessary cameo” for the Disney+ series.
With a snap from Kevin Feige, “Avengers: Endgame” might not have been Chris Evans’ end as Captain America.
The Disney+ “Moon Knight” series was set to include a possible series of cameos, including Evans reprising his famous role as Steven Rogers, which spanned a decade. ‘Moon Knight’ writer Jeremy Slater revealed to Discussing Film that the Oscar Isaac-led Marvel installment was paramount to other MCU appearances, but ultimately the show opted to stand more on its ‘two feet’ in the Canon.
“There were definitely different times in the writing process where we talked about cameos because cameos are one of the most fun things to discuss in a writer’s bedroom,” Slater said, reflecting. to the series. “What happens if we try to bring Chris Evans back as old Captain America? You know, you sit there and play this game of “what if” between your writers. »
Major cameos that were “seriously discussed”, however, included Kit Harrington’s “Eternals” character, Dane Whitman, aka Black Knight, due to inherent overlap with Isaac’s Steven Grant (both work in the same museum) . Fellow “Eternals” stars Kumail Nanjiani and Lauren Ridloff were also possible cameos for “Moon Knight” to show Ammit’s original downfall and Alexander the Great’s death in a flashback sequence.
Ultimately, however, Feige encouraged the production against this.
“Kevin comes up to us and says, ‘You know what, guys? I know everyone loves cameos. Everyone is happy about it. But I really think your story is standing on its own two feet right now,” Slater explained. “We really left [Marvel Studios president] Kevin [Feige] to be our guide for a lot of these creative decisions because he has such good instincts for it.
Slater added, “It almost feels like a shoehorn in an unnecessary cameo. Suddenly War Machine goes to Cairo at that time or something. It’s like it would have just jumped out of the story and really distracted from the character journey we were having between Marc and Steven. So it’s a bit of a shame because I like playing with all the toys in this sandbox, and I was like, give me Doctor Strange [and] Spider Man. But at the same time, you recognize that it’s the right creative decision.
The ‘Moon Knight’ screenwriter also pointed to the budget as an issue, saying, “‘Oh, if we spend [x] millions of dollars to recreate ancient Egypt and bring many movie stars here so that’s the same amount of money from our budget for the big fight in episode 6 or the stuff in the Egyptian underworld . You finally say, “Our money would be better spent making ‘Moon Knight’ as cool as possible rather than spending that money bringing in another character and letting them be cool.” So part of that was being practical.
As for any chance of Evans returning as Cap, the “Gray Man” star said he’s hanging up his shield for good…for now.
“Cap is so precious to me,” Evans said. “I almost don’t want to disturb what a great experience it was.”