A Moon Knight villain with a secret MCU past makes his Marvel Comics return

June 1’s Strange # 3 (opens in new tab) ends with the set up for # 4’s big villain, Shadow Knight – an evil, sinister version of Moon Knight who will attack Clea Strange at the command of the magical mafia known as the Blasphemy Cartel, and whose presence in the title has been foreshadowed for a little while.

Shadow Knight has appeared in comics before, as a nemesis for Moon Knight, naturally. But he’s also got an odd, somewhat unexpected – and just a little bit hidden – connection to the MCU as well.

In comic books, Shadow Knight is the secret identity of Randall Spector, Marc Spector’s brother, who believes himself to be the rightful avatar of Khonshu, and who shares many of Moon Knight’s powers along with a few tricks of his own, like shooting eye lasers .

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Randall Spector first appeared as the serial killer known as the Hatchet Man, clashing with Moon Knight before the latter recognized him as his estranged brother. Though Randall was seemingly killed in one of their early confrontations, he later returned – something that apparently runs in the Spector family – taking on the identity of Shadow Knight.

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