With just a few weeks to go until the premiere of Marvel Studios’ next series Moon Knight, which brings to life the character first born on the pages of Marvel Comics’ Werewolf by Night issue #32 in 1975, a new featurette has been released.
Moon Knight follows Steven Grant (portrayed by Oscar Isaac), a mild-mannered man who lives a mundane life, plagued by blackouts and mysterious memories of a life somehow separate from his own. After one fateful encounter, Steven discovers that he has Dissociative Identity Disorder and shares a body with Marc Spector — a former mercenary and the ruthless avatar of Khonshu (voiced by F. Murray Abraham), the Egyptian god of the moon and vengeance. With their enemies converging upon them, Steven must learn how to adapt to this revelation and work with Marc. With other godly motives at play, the two must navigate their complex identities amid a deadly battle played out among the powerful gods of Egypt.
Watch the new featurette below.
The intricate, dark, and dangerous story of Moon Knight, which has been touted as a psychological thriller that feels like Fight Club-meets-Indiana Jones, plays out from Steven’s perspective, so audiences will join him on his journey of trying to figure out what’s real and what’s not. Isaac comments on this perspective by saying, “I really wanted to do a character study, a point of view experience, so you’re not sitting back and just watching the story unfold, you are within the eyes of Steven and experiencing this thing that’s happening to him. And it’s quite terrifying.”
Isaac describes Steven as “utterly sincere,” explaining that, “He says what he sees. It’s often really funny but it’s not funny to him because he doesn’t know he’s being funny. There’s a real social awkwardness to him. He doesn’t have the social skills his alter Marc has. Steven is nonviolent, he doesn’t eat meat, and he cares about people and wants to connect.” Marc Spector, on the other hand, is a former mercenary and brutal avatar of Khonshu, the complete opposite of Steven. Whereas Marc’s superhero persona is Moon Knight, Steven’s alter-ego is Mr. Knight, who approaches conflict using his wits and ability to solve puzzles.
Meanwhile, Ethan Hawke will portray the nefarious yet philosophical cult-like leader Arthur Harrow, and May Calamawy steps into the role of Layla El-Faouly, an archeologist and adventurer who knows Marc Spector well. When she finds herself inadvertently dragged into Marc’s problems, the two must put their differences aside and work together to survive the battle ahead.
Three new posters were also released today.
In speaking of the tone and direction of the show, head writer Jeremy Slater said, “At its heart, Moon Knight was designed as a mystery: Who is Steven Grant, and why does he keep dreaming about another life as a globe-trotting mercenary? And what happens when elements from those dreams start invading his waking hours? Steven’s journey for answers lead him to a hidden world of gods and monsters, and a battle that could shape the future of the MCU. Our team took a lot of inspiration from classic adventure films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, with the goal of telling a relentlessly entertaining story filled with unexpected twists and turns.”
Slater describes Moon Knight as “a brutal, uncompromising warrior” who’s also “a man at war with his own mind” and “a hero unlike anything we’ve seen in the MCU before.”
The series is executive produced by Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Grant Curtis, Oscar Isaac, Mohamed Diab, and Jeremy Slater, with Trevor Waterson and Rebecca Kirsch serving as co-executive producers. Directors include Mohamed Diab (episodes 1, 3, 5, and 6) and the team of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (episodes 2 and 4).
Moon Knight will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on March 30. Stay tuned for our coverage, including episodic recaps, reviews, and more.