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 Oscar-Isaac starring Moon Knight series heading to Disney+ in March 2022.
Who Is 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. The series looks like it’ll focus on Steven Grant, now a museum employee, and the aforementioned mercenary. And we know this because we finally have a trailer and we are pretty excited about it.
Here’s the full description from Disney:
The series follows 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. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge upon them, they must navigate their complex identities while thrust into a deadly mystery among the powerful gods of Egypt.
Additionally, during the Super Bowl, Marvel Studios unveiled yet another look at the upcoming series. The TV spot focuses on Steven Grant, in a deeply unsettled state in regards to his mind and well-being. Meanwhile, the mysterious (and villainous) Arthur Harrow encouraging Grant to embrace the chaos. And we get to see Moon Knight fully suited up and in action.
It’s certainly a lot more than the brief shots we saw during the Disney+ Day sizzle reel. Still, we’ve yet to get a full glimpse at May Calamawy’s currently-unknown character. Marvel also gave us a few images from the upcoming series, teasing a lot of tension to come.
Additionally, we’ve gotten a fuller look at Mr. Knight, one of Moon Knight’s identities.
For more on Moon Knight’s comics background, check out Eric Diaz’s piece here, and this very informative Explainiac video from Dan Casey.
Moon Knight‘s Cast
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.
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, Arthur Harrow. 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.
Meanwhile, F. Murray Abraham will voice Khonshu, who comes face to face with Steven Grant in the image below.
Who Will Make It?
Egyptian writer-director Mohamed Diab will direct the six-episode series, while Jeremy Slater serves as head writer. Both are also executive producers, along with Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Grant Curtis, Brad Winderbaum, and Oscar Isaac.
Moon Knight‘s Release Date
We officially have a Moon Knight release date and coming up quickly. The next MCU original series drops on March 30 on Disney+. We’ll let you know more about Marvel’s Moon Knight series once we know it!
Originally published on December 11, 2020.