Moon Knight: everything you need to know

David Opie, Sam Ashurst
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Photo credit: Getty Images

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Moon Knight is coming to Disney+ and you should totally be excited. That’s because Moon Knight is basically Marvel’s Batman, even more so than Daredevil.

As such, it has the potential to be even cooler than Netflix’s Daredevil, and is a great way to start the new era of small screen MCU shows on Disney’s streaming service. It's not the first time Marvel's tried to adapt the character – but we're glad they've finally succeeded.

Given that Marc Spector's alter-ego remains obscure to anyone who doesn’t spend half their lives in their local comic-book store, the show will be something of a mystery to mainstream audiences.

That’s where we swoop in, lit by moonlight, with a fistful of graphic novels to guide us.

Here’s everything you need to know about Moon Knight season one.

Moon Knight air date: When will Moon Knight be on?

Photo credit: Marvel Comics
Photo credit: Marvel Comics

Moon Knight was announced at Disney’s own official expo, D23 in August, 2019. It was confirmed to be streaming exclusively on Disney+, but no launch date was given.

But with a packed schedule of confirmed titles including The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Loki in 2021, not to mention WandaVision which should be with us by the end of 2020, we don’t expect to see Moon Knight any time soon.

Therefore, we predict Moon Knight will debut in 2022, probably in the autumn. But don’t drag us into a back alley and beat us up if we’re wrong.

Moon Knight cast: Who will star in Moon Knight?

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic - Getty Images

Because the character is a relative unknown, it always seemed likely that Marvel would cast a big name in the title role, especially as the Disney+ shows have been confirmed to tie in closely with the main MCU.

In late October, Deadline announced that Star Wars' Oscar Isaac is in negotiations to play Moon Knight. If true, this would be his first official MCU project (the less said about Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse, the better).

If this casting opportunity doesn't work out, then another option could be Keanu Reeves. After all, it’s not as if Marvel aren’t interested in working with him.

"We talk to him for almost every film we make," Feige has said. "We talk to Keanu Reeves [often]. I don't know when, if, or ever he'll join the MCU, but we very much want to figure out the right way to do it."

Either way, what we do know is that Daniel Radcliffe will not play Moon Knight, despite rumours to the contrary. Speaking to comingsoon.net, the Harry Potter star debunked the idea outright, saying:

"I’m not averse to doing any kind of franchise thing in the future again, that could be fun. But the Moon Knight rumours are untrue, I can officially debunk that one, I haven’t heard anything about it."

Moon Knight plot: What will Moon Knight season one be about?

Photo credit: Marvel Comics
Photo credit: Marvel Comics

Well, this is where things get really interesting. Season one of Moon Knight will introduce the character to the majority of its audience, so it will have to go into Knight’s origin story. But, as the character has one of the most bizarre beginnings in comics, it’ll be fascinating to see how faithful Marvel stays to the comics.

Basically, Marc Spector is the son of a rabbi who escaped the Nazis. As a child, he discovered that a family friend – another rabbi – was a secret Nazi / Jewish serial killer. This discovery was so traumatic he developed a dissociative personality disorder in the form of Steven Grant (a millionaire playboy) and Jake Lockley (a taxi driver). These personalities are key to Moon Knight’s success, one funds his adventures, the other provides on-the-street intel.

But, and we can’t stress this enough, all three are the same person.

Add in a spell in the marines, a job with the CIA, and an encounter with Egyptian deity Khonshu (who claims to be Spector’s dad, but may or may not be in Marc’s imagination), and Moon Knight’s path to being a costumed vigilante is one of the strangest in Marvel’s long history. We can’t wait to see how Disney delivers it.

And even more importantly, we can't wait to see how they bring his custom-built "Mooncopter" to life too.

Moon Knight trailer: When will we get our first look at Moon Knight?

We’re a long way off from seeing the first footage, but we’re prepared to sell our souls to an Egyptian god if it doesn’t show up at Disney’s D23 event in August 2022, ahead of an October debut (Moon Knight’s kinda spooky, so a Halloween season debut makes sense to us).

But keep coming back to this feature for all the latest Moon Knight season 1 news, scoops and exclusives – we’ll be following this one with great interest.

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