As the MCU continues to expand, it bound to explore deeper and more complex stories that are filled with complicated characters. The upcoming “Moon Knight” is a perfect example of that as it centers on a street level hero who struggles with dissociative identity disorder and has a connection to an Egyptian god who has a penchant for violence. Now, Marvel Studios has released the trailer for the upcoming series starring Oscar Issac and set to make its debut on Disney+ later this year.
“Moon Knight” follows Marc Spector, a former mercenary left for dead in Egypt but is brought in front of a statue of the moon god Khonshu. Suddenly, he’s revived. Spector believes that Khonshu is responsible for his resurrection and begins his life as a crime fighter. But the titular hero struggles with dissociative identity disorder, and juggles multiple personalities from a billionaire businessman to a cab driver to a suited consultant. By having alter egos, Spector as the advantage of gathering information from all levels of society. But the clincher is that Moon Knight operates similarly to that of Batman, except that with all of those multiple personalities, the superhero persona, and Khonshu, it’s hard to tell who is telling the story. And that ambiguity in the storytelling makes all the more exciting to watch.
Much of what we have seen in the marketing campaign reflects that complexity either through the convincing performances or the visuals that are designed to question the nature of Marc’s perception of reality.
The series is created by Jeremy Slater, whose work on “The Umbrella Academy” and The Exorcist, make him the perfect fit to capture the energy and tone of “Moon Knight.” Egyptian screenwriter and director Mohamed Diab directs a handful of episodes.
May Calamawy and Ethan Hawke also star. The secrecy surrounding the show is par for the course for any Marvel-related project. But Hawke mentioned that his character was inspired by cult leader David Koresh.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “Moon Knight:”
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.
“Moon Knight” launches exclusively on Disney+ on March 30, 2022