Outside of Chloe Zhao’s Eternals and Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder, the Disney+ series Moon Knight is my most highly-anticipated Marvel Cinematic Universe project that’s due out in the coming years.
What makes the Moon Knight character so exciting, particularly within the context of the MCU, is that he’s far darker than the standard Marvel hero.
Real name Marc Spector, Moon Knight is a character that’s long been compared to Batman, although the two aren’t as similar as their looks might suggest, primarily because Spector has dissociative identity disorder — in addition to the personality of Moon Knight, Spector also masquerades as the millionaire entrepreneur Steven Grant and the cab driver Jake Lockley.
The darkness of the character will obviously be explored beyond his personality, as videos of series star Oscar Isaac training for the role reveal that the character will be deploying a fighting style that’s far more brutal, and perhaps more gory, than any MCU hero we’ve encountered thus far.
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In addition to Isaac, the six-episode first season of Moon Knight will also star the always excellent Ethan Hawke — who will be making his first foray into comic book content (although, at this time, the likely-villainous role he’s playing has yet to be confirmed by the Mouse House) — and May Calamawy. At this time, the series is expected to hit Disney+ sometime in 2022.
Given the popularity of both the character and the actor playing him, Moon Knight is shaping up to be a fixture in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years to come, both in Disney+ series and in theatrical outings.