According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, the Disney + Moon Knight TV series will be loud and brutal. The nocturnal vigilante, played by Oscar Isaac, is said to be a brutal fighter who wails on his enemies. Marvel’s Kevin Feige goes on to tell Empire, “We’re not pulling back. There’s a tonal shift. This is a different thing. This is Moon Knight.” The Moon Knight TV series is said to mark a ‘tonal shift’ going forward in the MCU.
Earlier today, a new look at the MCU’s Moon Knight was released. In his whole outfit, Empire magazine has released a new cover starring Oscar Isaac as Moon Knight. What makes Moon Knight different isn’t his Ancient Egyptian bandages, glowing eyes, or flowing cape. What makes this character darker already than other Disney+ Marvel series we’ve seen in the past, such as WandaVision, is the harder edge given off by the vigilante. On the knuckles of Moon Knight, along with his crescent-shaped ‘blades,’ are streaks of blood – a rare look for MCU characters.
Moon Knight also struggles with the topic of mental health. Isaac’s character Steven Grant/Marc Spector is a mercenary with dissociative identity disorder, a mental health condition in which individuals have two or more personalities with their own histories and traits. As he becomes Moon Knight, he gains powers as a conduit for the bird-skulled Khonshu, the Egyptian moon god. Marvel isn’t new at taking risks, but working with Disney+ in a limited series allows them to push boundaries and experiment without stress for an ‘opening weekend.’ The limited series approach helps the show deal more sensitively with the main character’s mental health condition and gives more time to show us that part of the character as not everyone knows about D.I.D. Oscar Isaac tells Empire,
“It is risky…He’s an obscure hero, and the things we’re dealing with are very different. But because it’s a limited series rather than a movie, the pressure isn’t there to make sure the opening weekend is massive. We’re able to take more risks to bring that experimental quality on a huge scale.”
The Disney+ Moon Knight TV Series is a six-episode limited series that debuts on the streaming service on March 30, 2022. Are you excited about the upcoming Disney+ Marvel series? What do you think about the Moon Knight TV series taking a different more ‘brutal’ approach? Let us know in the comments down below. As always, we love to hear from you and our fellow Marvel fans here at The Nerd Stash.