Creator: Doug Moench
Stars: Oscar Isaac Gaspard Ulliel Ethan Hawke
It’s pretty much how Marvel Studios planned it. With the arrival of the full moon on January 17, we finally learned when Moon Knight, the next MCU TV series, will be released on Disney Plus: March 30, 2022.
And honestly, we’re thrilled to hear that Moon Knight is coming to Disney Plus very soon. It seemed like we’d be waiting until May 2022 for the next Marvel Phase 4 project to arrive, which would be Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. But the arrival of Moon Knight in the coming months means we’ll have new MCU content to dive into before then.
From the trailer, we know that the story begins with Marc as “Steven”, a man who apparently works at the British Museum and has trouble distinguishing dreams from reality. Making things more disorienting: His story begins in London instead of the traditional Marvel Manhattan. But it soon becomes clear that “Steven” is another of his identities when, halfway through the trailer, he finds a cell phone and someone calling him “Marc” on the other end.
However, taking the character at face value, he could feel a bit like the Dark Knight. That’s not exactly a coincidence, as they both fight crime at night and use big-name custom tech. But that was not the original intention. Squadron Supreme’s Nighthawk is Marvel’s most intentional riff on Batman, which makes Spector a good candidate for a TV series.
Traditionally, Moon Knight relies on his fighting prowess, his gadgets, and an occasional moment of mystical inspiration to help him overcome his struggles. The trailer hints that there may be something else going on, which follows the occasions when he possesses supernatural healing abilities and a knack for cheating certain death. Whether it’s Khonshu handing out a hall pass or something else entirely is up to interpretation; in fact, that ambiguity already seems to be on display in the trailer for the series. For one thing, we see Spector transform into Moon Knight through some pretty incredible (and possibly supernatural) means. It could be part of his dreams and not indicative of how he actually dresses to fight, if he actually dresses during the series, but if we take the final moment of the character jumping down a British street at face value . , so he clearly has some superhuman abilities. Which could be for the best if Moon Knight serves as a series to introduce more of the supernatural aspects of the MCU.
Here’s the official synopsis for Moon Knight from Marvel Studios, as described on Marvel.com: “The series follows Steven Grant (Isaac), a mild-mannered gift shop clerk, who finds himself plagued by blackouts and flashbacks. from another life. Steven discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge on them, they must navigate their complex identities while becoming embroiled in mystery. mortal among the mighty gods of Egypt.
Meanwhile, Disney’s official summary described Moon Knight as a “new globe-trotting action-adventure series featuring a complex vigilante suffering from dissociative identity disorder. The multiple identities that live within him are drawn into a deadly war of the gods against the backdrop of ancient and modern Egypt.”
Neither of them provide much in the way of story threads, so we’ve dug into the Marvel comics archives to provide more context. We are nice like that, dear reader.
Created by writer Doug Moench and artist Don Perlin, Moon Knight made his comic book debut in Werewolf by Night #32 in August 1975. He originally appeared as an antagonist to the story’s werewolf hero, hence all that moon iconography. and silver related to the werewolf. but he eventually came to terms with the idea that the titular Jack Russell (yes, that’s the werewolf’s real name) was a victim rather than a villain.
Marvel quickly realized they had a star on their hands, and after several additional appearances in the late ’70s that emphasized Moon Knight’s heroic side, they gave him his own series. The first issue landed in November 1980 and has been ongoing ever since.
In the comics, Spector is a former US Marine who becomes a conduit for the Egyptian moon god Khonshu, granting him super strength, speed, and stamina that are influenced by the phases of the moon. He, too, is a Batman-esque vigilante, with a fortune, an arsenal of specialized matching gadgets, and military training that make him a formidable ranged and close-quarters combatant.