Marvel Studios is dedicating Episode 3 of Disney+’s Moon Knight to Midnight Man actor Gaspard Ulliel, who died shortly before the series premiered.
Episode 3 of Marvel Studios and Disney+’s Moon Knight was dedicated to Gaspard Ulliel, who passed away shortly before the series premiered.
“Episode 3 of Moon Knight is dedicated to our talented friend Gaspard Ulliel,” Marvel Studios tweeted, along with some behind-the-scenes footage of the episode.
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In July 2021, it was reported that Ulliel had joined the cast of Moon Knight as Anton Mogart / Midnight Man, an obscure villain from the pages of Marvel Comics created by Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz. The following January, Ulliel died at the age of 37 after colliding with another skier in La Rosière, Savoie. The actor was reportedly unconscious when medics arrived and was said to have suffered from severe head trauma. He was transported by helicopter to Grenoble University Hospital and pronounced dead after undergoing surgery.
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Ulliel is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in 2007’s Hannibal Rising, a prequel to Red Dragon, Hannibal and Silence of the Lambs. He also starred in the 2010 Martin Scorsese-directed commercial for men’s fragrance Bleu de Chanel.
Moon Knight stars Oscar Isaac as Steven Grant, a British museum gift shop employee who discovers he is also a mercenary named Marc Spector, who appears in the moonlight as the avatar of Khonshu: Moon Knight. “[Marvel] express how much they love the show every day, but it’s not like any other show, that is, the other show, outside of the Marvel Universe,” director Mohamed Diab recently explained. “That said, any TV series, if it’s good, you know you’re going to get a second season, but a WandaVision was great. And you didn’t get a second season, you went to something else. So I’m absolutely certain that I think Moon Knight will be around for a long time. That’s just a prediction.”
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In particular, Moon Knight has been billed as a show designed to teach Marvel fans more about mental health. “Whatever we put out in the universe ultimately has to be good and uplifting and convey a positive message about mental health,” said writer Jeremy Slater ahead of the series premiere.
New episodes of Moon Knight arrive on Disney+ on Wednesdays.
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