As the Moon Knight release draws closer, the MCU has gradually released content that teases fans with a variety of topics to talk about and expect from this series. Here are the top three things we expect to see in the exclusive Disney+ series Moon Knight.
1. A Unique Experience
Judging by the trailer, Moon Knight seems to be very different from past MCU movies and shows. There is an element of psychological horror that is explored deeply in this series. Oscar Isaac, lead actor, even noted in a featurette that the production takes “the mental health aspect very seriously.”
For some context, Moon Knight’s real name is Marc Spector, a mercenary whose mind is fractured into multiple split personalities by Egyptian Moon God Konshu and he assumes the Moon Knight persona to fight real and supernatural threats. It is likely that we will get to see how it all plays out in the series from Marc being a mercenary to dawning the Moon Knight persona, kind of like a superhero origin story.
The psychological horror approach that this series is taking may be a great one to flash the character out and make it feel more realistic and at the same time, closer to how it was intended to be in the comics. Therefore, with Moon Knight we can expect “a new superhero in a new world.”
2. The MCU Connection
The Phase 4 of MCU is in full swing right now with previous entries like Spider-Man: No Way Home, Loki and upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness containing twisted storylines and supernatural elements.
Moon Knight would normally be a good fit in this segment with its own complex and disturbing story, however executive producer Grant Curtis indicated that this will not be connected to the MCU right now. He stated in a Disney press release “there’s no attachment to the current MCU. He’s brand-new, and he is going on a brand-new adventure. We really think the fans are going to enjoy it.”
Therefore, we can expect Moon Knight to be somewhat of a solo series of its own. Curtis has stated that they plan to take a similar approach to that of Iron Man, creating a new hero “from the ground up.” However, this does not mean that Moon Knight would not appear in the MCU at all, but it’s most likely that Curtis means he won’t be featured in the current stage of the MCU and there may be a possibility he’s integrated into the MCU storyline in the future.
3. Moon Knight’s Possible Other Personalities
The pre-release content has also definitely teased the different identities Marc Spector experiences due to his dissociative identity disorder. The official Twitter page for the series has released new posters featuring Moon Knight in his traditional mummy wrap attire. In the second poster, we see Marc in a formal white and gray waistcoat attire possibly teasing the Mr. Knight persona and lastly we see him in a hoodie and jacket which could be another split personality we are introduced to in the series.
In the comics, Marc Spector has multiple different identities he assumes like billionaire Steven Grant, taxi driver Jake Lockley and a police consultant Mr. Knight. In the trailer and featurette too, we see a glimpse of Steven and Mr. Knight (however Steven is portrayed as just a gift-shop employee). We can expect the series going deep into these characters and lead actor Oscar Isaac showing the struggles in managing those split personalities and his condition.
Moon Knight will be out on March 30th, 2022 exclusively on Disney+ for viewing.
Written by Paramveer Singh Sethi, Northeastern University
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