Just when you thought Marvel couldn't possibly add anything else to Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it unveiled not one but three brand new series at the 2019 D23 Expo. Like Loki and the others, they are coming exclusively to Disney+ in the coming years. The first two, Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk, carry a lot of buzz thanks to the characters' recent place in pop culture. But it's the third that might have you most excited — or confused. Moon Knight is coming to the MCU, and here's what you need to know about the character, his powers, and the show.
His backstory is fun. Created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin, Moon Knight first popped up in Werewolf by Night in 1975. Since then he's teamed up with the Avengers, the Secret Avengers, and the X-Men too, including She-Hulk. Unless the MCU goes back and completely rewrites his origin story, Moon Knight will revolve around Marc Spector, a former boxer who becomes a marine and later a mercenary. After he gets involved with the Egyptian gods (it's a long story!), he's offered a chance to redeem himself by becoming a god's avatar on Earth. He calls himself "The Fist of Khonshu," with Khonshu being the ancient Egyptian god of the moon. He's also got multiple personalities and is frequently compared to DC Comics' Batman.
The character has vague powers. Thanks to his military training he's got the skills of a soldier, but when it comes to being a superhero those are a little murky. He's got a high pain tolerance and depending on the situation, his multiple personalities either aid or hinder him when it comes to fighting others (it's believed he has dissociative identity disorder). Also, considering his powers are from the moon god, his powers are dependent on lunar cycles.
But at least he has a cool costume! Parts of his suit are made of adamantium (aka, what Wolverine's claws are made from) and has a giant cape to help him fall with style from great heights.
The show comes from Jeremy Slater. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Slater has been tapped to develop and lead the writing team for the new series. If you're asking yourself who Jeremy Slater is, he's behind Netflix's comic book adaptation of The Umbrella Academy. He was also a co-writer on 2015's Fantastic Four.
It's unclear when the show will debut. Unfortunately, there are a lot of questions about Moon Knight and very few answers at the moment. Moon Knight is slated to come out at the back end of Phase 4, so we think sometime in late 2021, if not even after that.
We also don't know who else (if anyone) it will involve. Considering the name "moon" is right in its title, the series could easily connect to other MCU movies not set on Earth, like Guardians of the Galaxy or even Thor: Love and Thunder. We'll just have to wait and see.
Marvel's been trying to make a Moon Knight movie or TV series for years. Way back in 2006, Marvel discussed bringing Moon Knight to the small screen with a series, before the MCU was even a thing. However, that fell through. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn then discussed that he once pitched a Moon Knight movie, but it never came to be. Here we are in 2019 and it's finally happening.
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