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‘Moon Knight’: Breaking Down Details From the Trailer

The highly anticipated trailer for Marvel Studios’ next Disney+ series, Moon Knight, is finally here, which will see Oscar Isaac truly embrace the chaos as a haunted, complex vigilante. From what we’ve seen so far, it appears that the show is poised to envelope audiences in what may be one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most dark and twisted ventures yet.

Moon Knight is due to hit Disney+ on March 30, and in the meantime, we’ve broken down some key details from the trailer.

Steven Grant

Moon Knight is Marc Spector, a man who suffers from dissociative identity disorder. In the comics, two of his personalities that often come to the forefront are millionaire Steven Grant and cab driver Jake Lockley. Meanwhile, Marc himself has a history as a boxer, a Marine, and a CIA operative.

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In the trailer, we see that he has been living in London as Steven, a mild-manned gift shop employee with a sleeping disorder (who also happens to be plagued with blackouts and memories of another life). The show’s official synopsis confirms that the MCU’s Marc is a mercenary as well. It remains to be seen if Jake will make an appearance.

Who is Layla?

Steven finds a phone, and when he answers it, a woman named Layla (portrayed by May Calamawy) says, “Oh my god, you’re alive. What’s wrong with you, Marc?” This confuses Steven, who appears to be repressing Marc Spector. We’ve got a few options here with her, since the trailer subtitles didn’t reveal her last name. There’s a mutant in Marvel Comics named Layla Miller, though it’s unclear how she would tie into the story of Moon Knight in a relevant manner, so that feels like an unlikely long shot. She could also be a modified version of Marc’s love interest Marlene or another existing comic character, or she may simply be an entirely new character for the show.

Ethan Hawke confirmed as Arthur Harrow

Moon Knight trailer clip
Marvel Studios

We now know that the villain that Ethan Hawke is portraying is Arthur Harrow, a minor character from the comics and an enemy of Moon Knight. From what we already know of him, he’s a scientist, but he’s certainly looks like a cult leader in the trailer (and Hawke previously confirmed that be based his character on David Koresh). Initially, audience speculation for Hawke’s character included Sun King and Randall Spector aka Shadow Knight — and who knows, Marvel could be merging characters here!

The creature in the bathroom

Moon Knight trailer clip
Marvel Studios

At one point, Moon Knight can be seen punching a viscous-sounding creature on the floor of a bathroom, and it appears that the fight partially destroyed the room. Though the trailer doesn’t quite give us a good look at it, it could very well be a Jackal.

A glimpse at Khonshu

Moon Knight trailer
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There’s a very brief moment during the trailer when we get a glimpse at the Egyptian god of the moon, Khonshu. In the comics, Marc is left for dead in the desert during his time as a mercenary, and Khonshu brings him back to life in exchange for his service as the vigilante Moon Knight.

Moon Knight will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on March 30. Stay tuned for all of our coverage on the series, including episodic recaps, theories, reviews, and more!

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