Well, I say favorite, but truth be known Moon Knight’s one of those C-list heroes most MCU fans never heard of until Disney+ announced the upcoming show. Moon Knight, played here by Oscar Isaac, is the pseudonym of Marc Spector, a former mercenary saved on the brink of death by Egyptian moon god Khonshu in exchange for becoming the deity’s chief priest/avatar. Unfortunately for Marc, Khnoshu’s now in his head, and he’s not alone in there.
Marc suffers from Disassociative Identity Disorder (DID), aka multiple personality disorder. At any given time there are 3-5 personalities wandering around Marc’s skull. Sometimes they know about one another. Sometimes they don’t. At times, Moon Knight is convinced everything he went through attaining Khnoshu’s mantle is real; other times he’s convinced it’s all a delusion created by past trauma and chemical imbalance. In a world where gamma radiation combines with repressed childhood trauma to create the most physically powerful being in the universe, anything is possible. We also see Ethan Hawke as Dr. Arthur Harrow, leading researcher in all “pain management” techniques involving scalpels and electrodes. Here he seems a cult leader, perhaps interested Marc because of the trauma that gave him DID, perhaps after Khonshu’s power to peer into dreams and explore the astral plane.
Moon Knight is directed by Moorhead & Benson, the dynamic duo behind the spectacular The Endless and Spring, as well as the less-spectacular-but-serviceable Synchronic with Anthony Mackie. I adore The Endless and even Synchronic mostly worked, up until the finale. The series is written by Doug Moench(Batman Ninja, Harley Quinn), Don Perlin (Bloodshot), and Jeremy Slater (The Umbrella Academy, Fantastic Four), so it’s a bit of a mixed bag. The thing about Moon Knight is he’s a violent vigilante of the highest order. Frank Castle may have a higher body count, but Khonshu’s avatar has a pre-Old Testament definition of justice and no compunction about beating criminals into a bloody pulp or letting them burn to death as a consequence of their own actions. Marc, Steven, and other personalities have their own, varying levels of control. I love the character, but I’m concerned Disney+ will tone down the grit and violence inherent in Moon Knight. And that accent isn’t doing Isaac any favors.
Moon Knight premieres on Disney+ on March 30 as the first of this year’s releases. If they waited until April 1 they could release on the day of the new moon, but it looks like a missed opportunity. She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel shouldn’t be far behind.