There really is no underselling just how important Disney+ has become for MCU fans.
The streaming service has offered audiences a home for Marvel’s episodic screen adventures, kickstarting with WandaVision and progressing with the likes of Loki and hawkeye†
Looking ahead, we have Moon Knight, a miniseries created by Jeremy Slater starring Oscar Isaac in the titular role.
Many casual audiences will have thought the same thing when the project was announced: “Who?”
Admittedly, the character isn’t exactly one of Marvel Comics’ most iconic and renowned. Nevertheless, he’s sure to be an incredible addition to the MCU. So, in preparation, it’s worth acknowledging Moon Knight’s origin story.
Diving into Moon Knight’s origin story
When it comes to the origin story of Moon Knight, it’s worth contemplating whether the series will stay faithful to the Marvel Comics source material.
In this case, it does.
Earlier this year Disney Latino posted about the upcoming project and the character’s background.
It’s already been revealed that Oscar essentially plays three characters. Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac) is a shop clerk and is one of our protagonist’s identities; he has dissociative identity disorder and one of the other identities is Marc Spector.
In the case of Marc, he was formerly a CIA agent and was in the military. Steven essentially has flashes of another life, Marc’s and this is when the identity of Marc begins to take form within him.
It’s Marc who is confronted by Khonshu, an Egyptian god who is swayed to instil its powers in him on Earth, therefore creating the titular Moon Knight, complete with extraordinary abilities. These range from combat to acrobatics. Additionally, the moon gifts him with extra talents in the realm of reflex and strength.
As it stands, the backstory offered by Disney conforms to what fans of the character in the comic books will be familiar with.
MCU theory may just hold weight
Ultimately, the arrival of Khonshu is likely to encourage audiences to wonder where the god has been in the MCU up to now.
Screenrant has offered up a theory that suggests it may have returned due to the events explored in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame†
They suggest that Khonshu may have been banished a very long time ago but is attempting to return because of Thanos’ snap; the villain erased half of the earth’s population from existence.
It can be speculated that the 50% didn’t disappear entirely but were converted to energy and imprisoned in another dimension. Once the snap was reversed, they were back.
Taking this theory into consideration, it’s plausible that the snapped may have been exposed to those from another dimension, including Khonshu.
“Maybe I can hijack this thing”
Oscar Isaac recently teased that the miniseries serves as more of a character study than anything in the MCU since its beginning.
“Often on these big movies it can feel like you’re building the plane on the runway,” he explained to Empire.
“The idea of getting back to ‘handmade’ films, character studies… I was desperate for that feeling. [Moon Knight] felt handmade. And it’s the first legitimate Marvel character-study since Iron Man.”
He added: “I thought, ‘Maybe I can hijack this thing. Maybe this is the chance to do something really f***ing nutty on a major stage.’”
Moon Knight premieres on Disney+ on Wednesday, March 30th 2022.
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