In the absolute content news deluge that was the 2020 Disney Investor Day presentation, we got so much to chew on and speculate about, it makes heads spin. And while we got an amazing array of new Star Wars shows coming to Disney+ and the announcement that Patty Jenkins will be the first woman to direct a Star Wars movie in Rogue Squadron, it was Kevin Feige and Marvel who had the biggest day. Some news was more robust than others, but we did get a bit of info about the upcoming Moon Knight series heading to Disney+ some time in the near future.
Who’s Moon Knight?
So just who is Moon Knight? For starters, he’s Marc Spector, an ex-mercenary/superhero whom the ancient Egyptian god Khonshu revives after death. Suffering from dissociative identity disorder, Spector’s other non-costumed personalities include rich playboy Steven Grant and taxi driver Jake Lockley.
For more background info on the wild comics history of the character, you just might want to watch Dan Casey’s Explainiac video:
For more on his comics background, check out Eric Diaz’s piece here.
Who’s in Moon Knight?
Moon Knight himself will take the form of your crush and mine Oscar Isaac. Joining the Star Wars and Inside Llewyn Davis star in the series, we have May Calamawy, per The Hollywood Reporter. No word yet on which character the Ramy star will play on the Disney+ show, though reports attach her to a key role.
Isaac is training for the role. A video shared by his production company on Instagram with a couple of quotes from Moon Knight comics in the caption shows Isaac is preparing for fights. In April, Mad Gene Media (the studio Isaac founded with his wife Elvira Lind) posted another training video. This one shows even more fighting action.
A subsequent report from the outlet announced that Ethan Hawke, who was stealing hearts a healthy decade and a half ahead of Oscar Isaac, will be playing the series’ villain. Further details on his character are yet unknown, though we can assume his climactic battle scene will involve showing up curbside in a suit and rendering all foes weak in the knees.
Hawke appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers on August 12, 2021 live via Zoom from Budapest, where the Moon Knight show is filming. While he couldn’t say too much (though he didn’t mention the apparently omnipresent Marvel snipers), Hawke did give a couple of tidbits. First is that Oscar Isaac approached Hawke about the series at a coffee shop near where they both live in Brooklyn. Second, as Meyers deftly surmised, Hawke modeled his character’s look directly on real-life cult leader David Koresh. Certainly a choice.
Who Will Make It?
Egyptian writer-director Mohamed Diab will direct the six-episode series. As the series will have a backdrop of Egyptian iconography, it’s great that Marvel will allow someone of that heritage to tell the story.
What Else Do We Know?
As of right now? Nothing! But that’s the fun of these long-lead Marvel titles. Plenty of time to speculate.
We’ll let you know more about Marvel’s Moon Knight series once we know it!
Originally published on December 11, 2020 with updates on January 13, March 22, April 13, and August 13, 2021.