Fans can finally welcome Oscar Isaac to MCU. As promised, Marvel Studios dropped the official trailer for its upcoming series, Knights of the Moon, during the NFL Super Wild Card matchup, along with a new poster. Isaac plays the title role: a former mercenary with several personalities who becomes an avatar of an Egyptian moon god.
Moon Knight is one of the lesser known characters in the Marvel Comics pantheon. The son of a rabbi, Marc Spector, is at a young age marked by the Egyptian moon god Khonshu to be the god’s avatar on Earth. But Khonsu is a supernatural entity with many aspects of his nature – and also exists out of phase with normal time and space – so creating a psychic connection with the human Marc has a detrimental effect on the young man’s mental health.
Marc develops dissociative identity disorder (DID), and eventually becomes a mercenary with his comrade, Jean-Paul “Frenchie” DuChamp. He is hired by the ruthlessly immoral Raoul Bushman for a job in which the latter kills an archaeologist who has uncovered an Egyptian tomb. Marc rescues the archaeologist’s daughter, Marlene, leading to a major fight with Bushman. Marc loses the battle and is left for dead, but the locals carry him into the tomb, leaving him in front of a statue of Khonshu. Khonshu revives and heals the dying Marc.
When Marc returns to the United States, he channels all the money he earned from being a mercenary to fighting crime like Moon Knight, recognizable on his silver cloak. He has four different identities in the comics: a billionaire businessman named Steven Grant, a taxi driver named Jake Lockley, a suitable consultant named Mr. Knight and a little red-haired girl simply named Inner Child.
It’s at least the basic origin story according to the comics, and the chances are that the new series will incorporate a good deal of it, while at the same time taking a few liberties (as it should). Plans to introduce the Moon Knights character in film and television adaptations have been around since at least 2006, when Blade: Series aired. The intention was to introduce the character at the time. Instead, the series was canceled and a potential spinoff series never took place. James Gunn admitted in 2017 that he had put a Moon Knight movie to Marvel, but ended up not having time to develop it further.
It was only at the D23 conference in 2019 that Marvel announced that there was one Knights of the Moon series in development for Disney +, created by Jeremy Slater. Isaac was cast in October 2020, and in February last year we learned it as opposed to the self-employed WandaVision (a one-shot miniseries intended to lead into the MCU Phase Four feature films), Knights of the Moon was among the Marvel series that may get additional seasons on the streaming platform.
Marvel debuted the first footage of the series in six episodes last November during Disney + Day, briefly showing Isaac in character as he pondered how he could not tell the difference between his waking life and dreams. There was not much in the way of details, but we got a glimpse of what looked like a golden statue of Khonshu reflected in a mirror. And on Monday we got a short teaser with a lot of the same footage.
We know the series will share continuity with all the movies in MCU. May Calamawy and Ethan Hawke do not yet play revealed roles, though Hawke has said he found inspiration for his character in cult leader David Koresh. Also Marvel’s CEO Kevin Feige (the executive producer) has compared the series to Indiana Jones franchise, focusing on Egyptology (such as the 1999s The mummy.) And we now have an official synopsis:
The series follows Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift shop employee who is plagued by blackouts and reminiscent of another life. Steven discovers that he has dissociative identity disorder and shares body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven / Marc’s enemies gather around them, they must navigate their complex identities as they are thrown into a deadly mystery among Egypt’s powerful gods.
The new trailer reopens, with Steven (Isaac) lying awake in bed, throwing a Rubik’s cube into the air as he ponders his “sleep disorder” – before suddenly waking up from that “dream” in a panic. We see him disoriented and barely staying awake in the subway and at his museum job. Then he finds a cell phone and some keys in a hole; when the phone rings and he answers, a female voice calls him “Marc”.
“The voices in your head – there’s chaos in you,” Hawke’s character (who actually looks like Koresh) tells Marc / Steven. “Embrace the chaos.” That seems to be the secret behind merging all of these disorienting personalities into Moon Knight, as we see the revealing cloak and armor cover his body – followed by a brief shot of the capped figure jumping, Batman-like, over two hustage.
Knights of the Moon premieres at Disney + on March 30, 2022.
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