‘Marvel’s Batman’ is here with Moon Knight, a new Marvel Cinematic Universe series coming to Disney+ this year.
Originally announced during 2019’s D23 Expo, alongside the likes of Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk, Moon Knight comes after a long journey to the screen for the cloaked avenger.
He was teased during Spike’s cancelled Blade series, James Gunn once pitched a movie with the hero, and a brief reference in Captain America: The Winter Soldier hinted he may arrive sometime in the future.
Next year, Oscar Isaac will don the grey crusader’s costume and finally bring him to life, with The Umbrella Academy’s Jeremy Slater serving as showrunner.
Who is Moon Knight? He was introduced in Marvel Comics’ Werewolf By Night as a villain. However, instead of capturing Jack Russell, the titular werewolf, he helped him escape and went on to become a crime-fighting hero.
His real name is Marc Spector, a former US marine with dissociative personality disorder. In his youth, he was the son of a rabbi who managed to escape the Nazis. However, after a traumatic discovery, he develops two other alter-egos: Steven Grant, a millionaire playboy, and Jake Lockley, a taxi driver.
Add in an encounter with ancient Egyptian moon god Khonshu, and you have a unique hero dying to be explored. ‘The mental illness is a unique aspect of the programme,’ Marvel chief Kevin Feige earlier said.
‘Marc Spector – he was a mercenary, he was left for dead in the Egyptian desert. Now he may or may not be infused with powers from Khonshu the moon god – or he may just be crazy. It’s something very unique and exciting for us,’ he added. Isaac also said it’s going to be ‘groundbreaking’.
Moon Knight is expected to arrive on Disney+ later this year.
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