Each week, Darren from @darrenmoviereviews will be recapping the most recent episode(s) of Moon Knight and the show’s overall connection to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe.
After three months of no new MCU content, the next adventure begins! December was a whirlwind with Spider-Man: No Way Home and Hawkeye introducing Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio into the proper MCU, but we are heading into new territory now. Last year all the Disney+ shows revolved around existing MCU characters, giving spotlight to the supporting characters of the first three phases of the MCU. But to kick off 2022, we are meeting a new hero in the MCU with the next Disney+ series: Moon Knight.
I won’t lie, I do not know much about this character. But all the trailers and promotional material for the upcoming series has me sold as this looks like an excellent series. Starring Oscar Isaac as the titular hero, the series is described as follows: Isaac’s Marc Spector, a former U.S. Marine struggling with dissociative identity disorder, is drawn into a deadly mystery after he is granted the powers of an Egyptian moon god. Not much more is known about the plot than that, but the trailers tease bloody violence, mind bending interactions for Isaac and his multiple personalities, and the mysterious cult leader portrayed by Ethan Hawke. I have some basic knowledge of Egyptian mythology, and with what I do know, this could be some great material for the MCU to play with. It worked wonders for the Thor films, and I am ever hopeful that the same result will happen here in Moon Knight.
The next few weeks are guaranteed to be an exciting time to be a Marvel with Moon Knight dropping new episodes every week on Disney+, with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opening the day after Moon Knight ends, but here are just a few of the reasons to be excited for this series!
- Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke
Isaac and Hawke are both phenomenal actors who are particular about the roles they take on (minus Isaac in X-Men: Apocalypse). The fact that this series got not just one of them, but both of them in the lead roles is a great sign that this will be an excellent Marvel series, as it’s not everyday a superhero project nabs both Isaac and Hawke.
- The Brutality of the Action
Both the trailer and teaser poster teased the brutality of the series. Whether it be Moon Knight’s signature weapon dripping blood on the poster, or the fight sequence in the trailer that looked as intense as the fights in the Daredevil series, this feels like a more mature Marvel series. Given that the series has been rated TV-14, this could very well be one of the most violent entries into the MCU to date.
- Psychological Horror & Mind Bending Interactions
With Spector suffering from dissociative identity disorder, there is potential for lots of great character moments for Isaac to play with in the screenplay. We all saw how James McAvoy reveled in a similar role in M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, so imagine what Isaac could do with such a role!
- Potential MCU Character Appearances & Future of Moon Knight
Kevin Feige has teased that Moon Knight is going to be the character’s introduction into the MCU. But with each new Marvel project, the question is always when will this hero appear next, and what cameos could be in store? I know Isaac and Hawke have been vocal about joining the project since it is largely detached from the MCU and building itself from the ground up, but this would hardly be the first time that a Marvel star has denied any other characters appearing (as Andrew Garfield deserves an Oscar for denying for over a year he was in Spider-Man: No Way Home!)
As for Moon Knight’s future, with it concluding the day before Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opens, and with all the rumoured appearances in that film, it is possible that Moon Knight could make a small cameo in that film. This could be set up by a credit scene in the final episode, leading into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness the following day. If Moon Knight does not appear in Doctor Strange, an appearance in Werewolf by Night Halloween special coming to Disney+ later this year would make sense given Moon Knight debuted that comic run back in 1975, and the potential that Werewolf by NIght has for a darker story given its meant to be a Halloween special.
As for which Marvel characters could appear, that is trickier to guess, especially since I am not too familiar with the character. As the show is set in London, it could be possible that one of the Eternals could make an appearance as Sersi and Sprite were both in London prior to the events of Eternals. More likely, it could be Richard Madden’s Ikaris, as Madden’s stunt double from Eternals was reported as being on set (assuming that the show takes place before the events of Eternals and the stunt double was acting standing in for Madden and not another actore). Or, given the darker tone of the show, we could see one of the characters from the Marvel Netflix shows appear similar to Kingpin in Hawkeye and Matt Murdock in Spider-Man: No Way Home as they would be the best fit for the tone of this series. Though an appearance by one of these characters seems less likely as they are all based out of New York, whereas Moon Knight takes place in London.
So until next Wednesday, start getting those theories going for what will happen in Moon Knight when the MCU returns! Will Doctor Strange appear and pull Moon Knight into the madness that is coming this May to the MCU? Will another new Marvel hero debut setting up a future MCU project? Or is this series going to remain in its own corner of the MCU for the time being? Check back next week as I recap the first episode of Moon Knight.