Marvel’s “Moon Knight” series is set to debut on Disney+ on March 30, and a new trailer for the show has debuted, along with key images.
This will be the first Marvel series on Disney+ based on a character unfamiliar to Marvel movie fans. The previous Marvel series on the streamer – “WandaVision,” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “Loki,” and “Hawkeye” – have all been based on already established characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
In “Moon Knight,” actor Oscar Isaac plays Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift-shop employee, who becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life. Steven discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector (also played by Isaac).
Left near death by fellow mercenaries, Khonshu, the Egyptian God of the Moon, saves his life, and in return uses Spector as its earthly champion, Moon Knight.
The multiple identities who live inside him find themselves thrust into a deadly war of the gods against the backdrop of modern and ancient Egypt, as Spector becomes the embodiment of Khonshu, the Egyptian god of the moon.
Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Diab will direct the series, along with Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Actors May Calamawy and Ethan Hawke co-star.
Here is the new trailer, which has several scenes establishing Grant/Spector having trouble differentiating dreams from realities and seeing hallucinations.
It also shows Hawke as Arthur Harrow, who in the series appears to be a cult-like leader. In the comics, Harrow is a talented surgeon and scientist, whose work in medicine lead his to be nominated for a Nobel Prize, but it turned out he was conducting secret experiments on people.
Marvel also released these new images from the series:
And here is a really cool new “Moon Knight” poster, featuring the duality between his human and superhero personas:
In a recent interview with “Empire” magazine Marvel CEO Kevin Feige talked about the series and how it’s going to be a bit different than the other Disney+ Marvel series:
“He’s brutal,” Feige tells “Empire,” citing the streaming service as a space to expand what an MCU story can be. “It’s been fun to work with Disney+ and see the boundaries shifting on what we’re able to do. There are moments [in the series] when Moon Knight is wailing on another character, and it is loud and brutal, and the knee-jerk reaction is, ‘We’re gonna pull back on this, right?’ No. We’re not pulling back. There’s a tonal shift. This is a different thing. This is Moon Knight.”
He then continues, “…because it’s a limited series, rather than a movie, the pressure isn’t there to make sure the opening weekend is massive. We’re able to take more risks, to bring that experimental quality on a huge scale.”
“Moon Knight” is slated to run for a total of six episodes. No word on if there are plans for a season two but most likely the character will transition to appearances in MCU films, especially since Isaac already has a busy film career and might not be able to commit to another season of a series.
Plus, this show and other recent MCU developments have opened the door for a Midnight Sons movie or series. This is a a supernatural superhero group that includes Doctor Strange, Blade (who just got introduced back into the MCU in “Eternals”), Morbius (who has a Sony film coming in 2022), Iron Fist (already introduced in the Netflix series, but now back under Disney’s full ownership), and more.
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