It’s a fairly common practice in Hollywood to lock actors into lengthy up-front contracts whenever they sign on to play a character that has franchise potential, whether the studio knows sequels are coming or not. If you’re part of something that might be bankable for years to come, the studio wants you on hold so they can call you back for the next movie ASAP without having to compete with other movies to attract your attention.

This practice has, of course, applied to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where stars of the big screen have routinely been locked in for five, six, or even nine movies at a time with a single contract.

But Marvel apparently can’t say the same for Oscar Isaac.

Talk to Variety for a new timed profile for the launch of his MCU series Moon Knight this week, Isaac noted that his contract at Marvel Studios was limited to six episodes of the series on Disney+, as he had made it clear that he was not interested in being locked into anything.

“I had heard of the golden handcuffs,” Isaac said. “It was something I was reluctant to do. And luckily we all agreed that it [show] is what we are going to focus on. It’s history. And if there is a future, I think it depends on whether people like it, whether people want to see more of it, and whether we find a story worth telling.

Isaac is no stranger to franchise work. His career took a big boost in the 2010s when he was announced as one of many new cast members to join Disney’s star wars sequel trilogy, and in the midst of working on those three films, he also spent time in Fox’s x-men universe. Last year he also joined the Dunes saga, albeit in a role that seems largely limited to the first film. Because he’s spent so much time working in these circles, and alongside other franchise stars who’ve often had bigger commitments, Isaac is very aware that it’s easy to feel stuck in a machine. franchise, locked in sequel after sequel as more personal projects continue to get pushed that way. So he went to Marvel with a very simple ultimatum to Moon Knight.

“I was in a position – because I wasn’t actively looking to get back into something that big – to say, ‘This is how I see it, and if you don’t see it that way, that’s totally fine, but then maybe that’s not the right solution,” Isaac said. “And so I wasn’t afraid of doing the wrong thing.”

Luckily for everyone, Marvel met Isaac on his terms, and he got to work on it. Moon Knight in a limited miniseries only capacity.

Of course, at no time does Isaac say that he never come back for more MCU work. He noted that it “depends” on the audience’s response and his personal response to the stories Marvel might pitch as future vessels for his character, whether that means a supporting role in someone’s movie or series. another, or a Moon Knight continued. The show was always billed as a six-episode “miniseries event” within the MCU, but so was Loki in the beginning, and we all know how it happened. For now, the important thing is that, in a world where franchises have power, Isaac has been able to throw some weight behind him and do things his own way.

Moon Knight is now streaming on Disney+.

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