Oscar Isaac’s Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) debut is happening this year and we can’t wait!
The first tantalising tease of upcoming show Moon Knight, which will premiere in March 2022, was released as part of Disney+ Day 2021 and it looks set to be one of the wildest, weirdest Marvel outings so far.
We’ve put together a list of everything we know about the show so far, which will be updated as we find out more.
Who’s In The Moon Knight Cast?
Isaac will be playing Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift shop employee who becomes haunted with memories of another life.
Discovering he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector, Grant’s world is turned upside down as he’s thrust into a deadly mystery.
Fans have already been treated to the actor’s main oddball accent via the first teaser – more on that below.
The first full trailer revealed that Ethan Hawke’s secretive role was that of Arthur Harrow, the primary antagonist.
In the comics Dr. Harrow is a scientist who experiments on humans on behalf of the organisation O.M.N.I.U.M., but here our guess is that he will be someone else entirely. It’s worth noting Harrow only appears in one comic, and so the character name is likely to be a red herring.
Given that the trailer shows him to be a cult leader (with Hawke claiming to have watched real life ones as inspiration for his performance), our guess is that he’s actually the Sun King, a rival of Khonshu, the Egyptian moon god who saved Spector.
Actress May Kalawamy has been cast in a “key role” that is similarly yet to be revealed.
Meanwhile the late French actor Gaspard Ulliel, who passed away shortly before the series’ debut, will portray Midnight Man, one of Moon Knight’s key villains in the comic books.
When it comes to returning MCU favourites, Emily VanCamp’s Sharon Carter has been rumoured as appearing, although this is yet to be confirmed.
Our trailer breakdown also reveals another obscure character who may make an appearance; Layla Miller, a mutant known as Butterfly who possesses powers including resurrection and healing. Although a character name isn’t revealed in the trailers, closed captions reveal a woman’s voice named Layla speaking to Isaac’s character on the phone.
Who’s Writing And Directing Moon Knight?
As for the behind the camera talent, the creator and head writer for the series is Jeremy Slater, who previously brought The Umbrella Academy to Netflix.
This wouldn’t be his first Marvel adaptation, as he also previously co-wrote 2015’s ill-fated Fantastic Four movie.
Egyptian director Mohamed Diab will be helming most of the episodes, although two will be directed by duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.
What’s The Plot Of Moon Knight?
The official synopsis from Disney doesn’t give too much of the game away.
It describes Moon Knight as: “A new globetrotting action-adventure series featuring a complex vigilante who suffers from dissociative identity disorder. The multiple identities who live inside him find themselves thrust into a deadly war of the gods against the backdrop of modern and ancient Egypt.”
Is There A Moon Knight Trailer?
The first full trailer for Moon Knight was released on 18th January, and offered a few hints as to how this story would deviate from the comics.
Although we know the character has multiple identities, the trailer seemed to suggest Isaac’s protagonist was British, with scenes of him entering one very famous London landmark amidst the action.
We know the show is a globetrotting adventure, but it’s one that doesn’t seem to start in New York, where the comics are set.
Prior to this, we saw a short tease in November 2021, as part of Marvel’s presentation at Disney+ Day.
Focusing exclusively on Isaac’s protagonist, the trailer opened in a darkened museum, where eagle-eyed viewers will already see that something is up. With Egyptian iconography in the background, we see our lead’s reflection moving differently to his own body.
The Egyptian link is integral to the character – in the comics, Marc Spector was resurrected by the moon god Khonshu, after being left to die at the Sudan/Egyptian border following a mission gone wrong.
He then moved to New York and trained to become Moon Knight as part of a revenge mission against those who didn’t save him. How this will be refashioned if the story is set in London isn’t clear.
With Spector having dissociative identity disorder, we will also see others including Steven Grant (who in the comics is a millionaire but seems to not be in the show), and most likely taxi driver Jake Lockley.
This means that when we hear Isaac deliver *that* accent – pitched somewhere between Cockney and South African – it may not necessarily be the voice of Marc Spector, but instead Grant. Expect more wild accents where that one came from.
When Is The Moon Knight Release Date?
The first instalment of the six episode season will premiere on 30th March, with new episodes debuting weekly.