Disney+ today unveiled the very first trailer for Moon Knight, the platform’s next series dedicated to a Marvel hero. But who is this character really?
If until now, the heroes of the Marvel series broadcast on Disney + had already appeared in the cinema before going on the small screen, the next one will come to life for the first time in the series that bears his name: Moon Knight. A character that fans of the Maison des Idées had been hoping to discover on screen for many years.
Indeed, Moon Knight, whose real name is Marc Spector, has existed since 1975. Created by screenwriter Doug Moench and designer Don Perlin, he appeared for the first time in the comic book Werewolf by Night number 32. In this episode, he is a creation of a secret criminal organization, the Committee.
Quickly becoming popular, the character got his own story the following year in issues 28 and 29 of Marvel Spotlight where its origins are altered. After appearing several times in Hulk! Magazine, the Knight of the Moon becomes the hero of a series in his name in 1980, which begins by giving him a new origin story.
Brought back to life by a god
Born in Chicago, the one who was still called Marc Spector is the son of a rich rabbi. A professional boxer, he entered the army before pursuing a career as an elite mercenary. During a mission, he confronts his leader – Bushman, with whom he disagrees – who beats him and leaves him for dead in the Egyptian desert.
Recovered by villagers, his body is taken to the tomb of Pharaoh Seti. There, Marc Spector comes to and claims to have dreamed of Khonshou, the moon god and executor of Egyptian mythology. Determined to take revenge on Bushman, he takes the cape that adorned the statue of the Egyptian god and becomes the vigilante Moon Knight.
Back in the United States, he spends his nights tracking down thugs, whom he does not hesitate to kill, unlike many superheroes. He is helped in his task by his friend Jean-Paul “Frenchie” DuChamp and his partner Marlene Alraune. He also uses different identities to achieve his ends, including that of billionaire businessman Steven Grant.
As his adventures progressed, the writers eventually cast Marc as a man with dissociative identity disorder. And it is this characteristic that will be omnipresent in the Disney + series with Oscar Isaac in the title role, as revealed in the trailer revealed this morning. It is moreover Steven Grant, who for the occasion has become a discreet employee in a souvenir shop, who is presented in these first images, than Marc Spector.
In most of his stories, Moon Knight, a hero regularly compared to Batman, especially for his tortured side and the very dark universe in which he lives, has no supernatural powers. Rather, it is his intelligence, athletic ability, and combat expertise that are highlighted. However, in some comics, his strength and resistance to injury were tied to different phases of the Moon.
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