MCU will be introducing Moon Knight via its own Disney+ TV series with Oscar Isaac reportedly playing the famous Marvel comics character.
While Keanu Reeves was heavily rumoured to take up the role of Moon Knight, recent reports suggest Oscar Isaac is in conversation with the studio. These latest updates from the MCU shows the trend of carrying forward characters. Till now, all the superheroes were introduced and taken forward via movies. But we now know that Marvel will carry forward pre-established characters as well as introduce new characters via Disney+ series.
While one batch will show earlier MCU characters like Falcon and Winter Soldier, and Wanda Maximoff and Vision, three new projects will introduce new characters to the franchise. And one of these MCU characters will be Moon Knight along with She-Hulk and Ms Marvel.
Oscar Issac as MCU’s Moon Knight
The sheer idea of Oscar Isaac will be reportedly playing Moon Knight seems like divine intervention. Why? Well, because this is not the first time Isaac will be playing a Marvel character. We already know him as the eponymous Apocalypse in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. He is also the voice of Miguel O-Hara AKA Spider-Man 2099 in 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Nonetheless, he nailed both the characters. With Moonknight, Issac has set a new record by playing three different roles in MCU franchises.
We may have heard references to the Moon Knight in the MCU. For example, Marvel might have teased us of his presence in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, when Jasper Sitwell mentions “a TV anchor in Cairo” as a threat (potential) to HYDRA. The second teaser might be when Egypt was added to the map of global catastrophes in Captain America: Civil War. Both these may be a sign from MCU regarding the upcoming Moon Knight. After all, Jasper Sitwell also mentioned Stephen Strange as a threat to HYDRA, and look what happened after.
While Marc Spector aka Moon Knight was no TV anchor Marvel’s penchant to twist the stories does give it some legitimacy. Further, the character of Marc Spector has two alter egos, namely Steven Grant (billionaire businessman) and Jake Locksley (a humble cab driver). Marc can easily handle his alter egos. Perhaps so easily that he develops schizophrenia. He has reached that point where it is tough for him to differentiate between his real life and his fake personalities. Marc’s never-ending battle with his mental illness is the very crux of the character.
Watch: Everything You Need To Know About MCU’s Moon Knight
So putting these two “realities” together, coupled with Oscar Issac’s range as an actor he indeed is the perfect choice to play Moon Knight in the MCU. Interestingly, this is the second show in the MCU phase 4 where the studio is upfronting the ‘mental health’ theme. WandaVision is also tapping similar tones with Wanda losing her mind in the upcoming series. Previously, we have seen the results of Tony and Thor’s PTSD in the MCU.
Moon Knight in Marvel Comics
The history of Moon Knight goes way back to Marvel’s Werewolf by Night #32 published in 1975. The character was created by Batman writer Doug Moench and Don Perlin as a villain in Werewolf. There is a reason why he is sometimes called Marvel’s own Batman! However, after Moon Knight had his standalone comic series his popularity only grew.
In the comics, Marc Spector is a heavyweight-boxer-turned-Marine. After his career in the Marine, he worked as a mercenary. During one of his jobs, he went to Egypt, where he was left for dead by his boss. The locals carried him to the altar of the Egyptian moon god, Khonshu. Here, Marc received a vision where Khonshu offers to give him back his life only if he would be Khonshu’s representative on Earth, Moon Knight.
What makes Moon Knight different than all other characters in the MCU is his origin in Egyptian mythology. Also, there is his career as a “merc” and alter-ego billionaire. These three characteristics seem like Thor, Deadpool, and Batman merged into one. The introduction of Moon Knight will also bring in new villains in the MCU, like Black Specter, Shadow Knight, and Raoul Bushman. It will also introduce a criminal organization akin to HYDRA, the Committee.
Be that as it may, we definitely want to see Moon Knight make his debut in the MCU. It will add a dark character to the franchise, something that fans are expecting for a long time!