It’s time to meet a new MCU hero: Moon Knight. Marc Spector will finally make his way to live-action through his own Disney Plus series. Starring Oscar Isaac as the titular character, Moon Knight tells the story of Steven Grant, a man with dissociative identity disorder who is forced to deal with different personalities (one of which is Marc Spector) as he becomes a superhero of the night.
It wasn’t long ago that the first teaser for the show came out, but with the Super Bowl upon us, Marvel Studios has released a new teaser for it. Titled the “Big Game TV Spot”, this new look at the series offers more insight into Marc/Steven’s plights and, of course, more exciting superhero action.
Watch the new Moon Knight trailer
Aside from some notable exceptions, the MCU has famously infused most of its entries with a fun and lighthearted tone. Moon Knight, however, feels considerably darker than anything else in the franchise. The violence is intense, and the story appears to be a hard-hitting exploration of mental illness mixed in with super-heroics. And this darker feel isn’t just trailer trickery meant to entice audiences.
The show is indeed meant to be a more violent and mature entry in the MCU, as Kevin Feige explained while discussing Moon Knight with Empire Magazine:
"“[Moon Knight is] brutal. […] It’s been fun to work with Disney+ and see the boundaries shifting on what we’re able to do. There are moments [in the series] when Moon Knight is wailing on another character, and it is loud and brutal, and the knee-jerk reaction is, ‘We’re gonna pull back on this, right?’ No. We’re not pulling back. There’s a tonal shift. This is a different thing. This is Moon Knight.”"
Admittedly, this doesn’t mean viewers should expect the show to go as hard with its edge as films like Deadpool or Logan. Nonetheless, Moon Knight’s comic books usually feature quite a bit of violence, so the MCU translating that as faithfully as possible without crossing into TV-MA territory is exciting.
A guide to Marc Spector’s personalities
Moon Knight may seem like a complicated character for those not familiar with his lore — specifically due to his multiple personalities. But worry not, fellow geeks, because we have a comprehensive guide to the main personalities Marc Spector has displayed in the comics:
Marc Spector: Spector is Moon Knight’s true personality (in the comics, at least). An ex-Marine and mercenary, Marc was left for dead in the desert following a fight with a villain called Bushman. He was then revived by the Moon God Khonshu, and tasked to be his avatar, Moon Knight. Comic books have changed up a few aspects of his personality throughout the years — mainly his demeanor — but he has consistently remained a somewhat sensitive individual with a strong moral compass who struggles to accept himself as a good person. It’s also worth noting that Spector is the one who usually wears the Moon Knight mantle.
Steven Grant: Steven Grant was Marc’s first alternate personality, which he developed at a young age. At first, Spector believed Steven to be a boy from his neighborhood, but he ultimately realized he was part of his mind. Grant is a very successful movie producer — his Hollywood job is a relatively new addition to the Moon Knight mythos, but he has always been a millionaire. His money is used to fund Spector’s vigilante operation and lavish lifestyle.
Jake Lockley: Jake Lockley is Marc’s “undercover” personality. A taxi driver, Lockley roams the streets at night, looking for information on the criminal underworld to use for his Moon Knight escapades. More recently, he’s been shown as being Marc’s unchained side, who enjoys violence and has a hard time containing his anger.
Mr. Knight: This is Marc’s most recent personality, having debuted in 2014. Simply put, he is a more refined version of Moon Knight. He sports a white suit and white gloves, and a white mask with no hood. As mentioned, what mainly differentiates Mr. Knight from Moon Knight is that he is calmer, dapper and more polite, improvements that come in handy when communicating with police or people on the streets.
There was also a short-lived space-ranger version of Marc Spector, but that only appeared for a few issues and hasn’t played a major role in the Moon Knight comics, which is why he was left out of this guide.
It’s worth noting that the individuals listed above weren’t always different personalities of Marc Spector. They were aliases he would use to aid in his Moon Knight crusade. It was a gradual development that turned said identities into different personalities, until it was eventually established that Marc had always suffered from dissociative identity disorder.
But there you have it. Now you are ready to enter Moon Knight’s fascinating world when his show arrives on Disney Plus on March 30, 2022.
What did you think about the new Moon Knight trailer? Which one of Marc Spector’s personalities intrigues you the most? Let us know in the comments!