Moon Knight costume designer Meghan Kasperlik has broken down the hidden symbolism in Jake Lockley’s necklace, which was heavily inspired by Oscar Isaac’s Guatemalan heritage.
Moon Knight Episode 6 gave us a subtle introduction to Marc Spector’s third identity, Jake Lockley. In the comics, Jake is a plucky taxi driver with connections to the criminal underworld. In the final scene of the episode, Arthur Harrow, now with Ammit trapped inside him, is taken out of Sienkiewicz Psychiatric Hospital and taken to a limousine by a mysterious man in a newsboy cap. Harrow warns Khonshu, who is sitting inside the limousine, that he and Ammit cannot be killed. Khonshu dismisses this, briefly explaining Marc Spector’s troublesome nature before saying, “Meet my friend, Jake Lockley.”
“Now is your time to lose,” Jake says in Spanish before shooting Harrow in the head.
In the scene, the light shines on Jake’s neck, which appears to have an intricate and deliberate pattern. Kasperlike explained the design via Instagram saying that he knew the reveal needed to grab the audience’s attention and that he wanted Jake to have a “comic book-like silhouette, with details to discuss.”
“There was some discussion that Jake would give his lines in Spanish,” he said. “Since Oscar is Guatemalan, and he had given a performance like no other, I wanted to add a touch of his heritage to honor [him]. “
Kasperlik took symbols from the Mayan calendar to incorporate dates that are important to both Isaac and the MCU and mixed them with symbols from ancient Egypt to create a design that shows “the control Khonshu has over these characters.”
Incorporated into the intricate design on Jake’s necklace is the Egyptian symbol for Khonshu, the Mayan calendar date from Marvel’s first issue where Moon Knight appears, the Mayan calendar symbol for Isaac’s birthday and Isaac’s brother’s birthday in real life stuntman Michael Hernandez, as well as many of the ancient Egyptian symbols used throughout the show.
Kasperlik also told Metro that he hid symbolism in Layla’s costume at the mental hospital that would foreshadow her transformation into the Scarlet Scarab. The intricacy of the costumes is just one of the many incredible details in Moon Knight that make the show quite a special work of art.
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