There’s been so much excitement in the air as Marvel fans anticipate the upcoming Disney+ series, “Moon Knight,” which was first announced in 2019. While the live-action miniseries is set to premiere in 2022, it’s almost impossible not to be excited now. After all, it’s another Marvel Studios creation — and the expectations are always high when Marvel Studios creates something new.
The miniseries is the 19th TV series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This article will explain what the upcoming “Moon Knight” series is about and how it will fit into the MCU.
About the “Moon Knight” TV Show
“Moon Knight” is currently being produced, with filming reported to have begun in April 2021 in Budapest. The TV series is based on the Marvel comic book character Marc Spector. After his encounter with Khonshu, the Egyptian moon god, Spector receives supernatural abilities and believes he has received the responsibility to avenge the oppressed.
Due to traumatic events in his past, Spector develops dissociative personality disorder (DID). His four personalities are Marc Spector, Steven Grant, a millionaire playboy, Jake Lockley, a taxi driver, and Moon Knight. As Steven Grant, Spector is a wealthy and accomplished man with all the resources needed to purchase sophisticated arms and equipment, while Jake Lockley gathers all the information needed. He deploys all of these personalities as he attempts to carry out his missions as Moon Knight.
From what we know so far about the plot, Marvel’s “Moon Knight” is a blend of technology and combat in the defense and protection of victims of crime. The show also has a strong undertone of religious mysticism due to the use of Egyptian mythology.
How Does “Moon Knight” Fit Into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a series of movies and TV shows that Disney Plus seems to be deploying to explore various complex and personal social issues, and they have had a wide reception around the world with a lot of positive reviews.
Over the years, the MCU has produced a number of classic comic films. The first MCU film, “Iron Man,” was released in 2008, then came “The Incredible Hulk” (2008), “Thor” (2011), “The Avengers” (2012), “Iron Man 3” (2013), “Ant-Man” (2015), “Captain America: Civil War” (2016), “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017), “Black Panther” (2018), and so on.
It’s quite fascinating that Marvel Studios has found a way to connect every film it’s made under the MCU name; the characters are usually familiar, as they mostly have starred in one of the comic films but in a different role. For example, the character Marc Spector — also the Moon Knight — was first introduced in 1975 in Werewolf by Night #32.
What’s also interesting is the fact that every Marvel movie or TV show has a theme focused on societal issues. For example, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” — among several other themes — explores the subject of racism and what it means to live in America as a Black person; meanwhile, WandaVision seems to focus on how people process grief.
It appears that the “Moon Knight” TV Show will be about dissociative identity disorder, as the main character Marc Spector is portrayed as having multiple personalities. It’s still unclear how much the series delves into this topic, but Kevin Feige — the Marvel Studios head — has said that the theme will be a major aspect of the show.
The show will surely come with a lot of suspense, thrills, and exciting fast action.
Who Is Moon Knight?
Marc Spector is a former boxer, former CIA operative, and ex-Marine. Dissatisfied with the CIA’s mode of operations and the unwholesome actions of his brother Randall Spector — who was also in the CIA — Spector left the organization and became a mercenary.
Spector embarks on a job that takes him to Egypt, and there he sustains a serious injury, almost costing him his life. At the point of death in a desert in Egypt, Spector is revived to life by Moon God Khonshu, a mythical Egyptian deity also known as the God of Vengeance, who endows Marc with supernatural powers. Spector later returns to the U.S. costumed as the Moon Knight, a crime fighter and vigilante.
Although speculative at some point, it’s now confirmed that the character Marc Spector/Moon Knight will be played by “Star Wars” star Oscar Isaac. This juicy detail was revealed by Oscar earlier in 2021 when he took to the Marvel Studios Instagram page and posted “WE ARE MOONKNIGHT” as a caption to a picture of himself with images of the comic character Moon Knight in the backdrop.
If you consider all that is expected of the character Spector, his multiple identities and persona, Oscar Isaac definitely feels perfect for the role.
What Are Moon Knight’s Special Abilities?
Having become the Moon Knight, Spector now has a few unique abilities, which should be seen deployed at different points in the series. Some abilities he acquired as a mercenary, such as his skill and experience in boxing and close combat.
Sequel to his encounter with Khonshu, the Egyptian moon god, Spector is given supernatural powers that make him a superhuman. Spector now possesses enhanced strength, endurance, and agility, and just as the moon has different phases, Spector’s abilities are heightened progressively — the peak of it being during a full moon. This reality also means that Spector’s powers may not be all that effective at all times — because of the moon — so Moon Knight sometimes uses gadgets, such as darts, bolas, crescent-shaped boomerangs, and more.
When and Where Will the “Moon Knight” TV Show Premiere?
While the release date is yet to be revealed, it’s expected that the “Moon Knight” TV show will make its debut on Disney Plus before the end of 2022 — however, this could very well change.
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