Marvel Studios has dozens of new projects in the works between Marvel Cinematic Universe theatrical releases and Disney+ Original series. One highly anticipated — but somewhat under-the-radar — upcoming project is Marvel’s Moon Knight, starring Star Wars sequel trilogy alum Oscar Isaac.
As Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, Isaac was a member of the sequel films’ core trio alongside Daisy Ridley (Rey) and John Boyega (Finn). His character also had a special relationship with Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia Organa who undoubtedly saw a good bit of Harrison Ford’s Han Solo in him.
Now, Isaac is making the move to Kevin Feige’s MCU in the Moon Knight title role, and even the Marvel boss himself isn’t entirely certain how the series is going to be received.
Isaac recently told Variety’s Awards Circuit Podcast:
“[Directors] Mohamed [Mohamed Diab] and Benson [Justin Benson] and Moorhead [Aaron Moorhead], they were so fantastic. I couldn’t believe my luck and how collaborative the situation was. I’m really excited and hopeful. I don’t know if it’ll work, we took some big swings, ya know! And even Kevin [Feige] said, ‘I don’t like to count my chickens before they hatch, I’m feeling good but you never know!’ So hopefully it’ll look as good as it felt.”
Moon Knight will be among the darker projects Marvel Studios has attempted and the show should give Isaac a chance to really prove his acting chops as the enigmatic and troubled Marc Spector.
Although Feige isn’t willing to “count his chickens” just yet when it comes to Moon Knight, it sounds like the team behind the series pulled out all the stops — and, if the success of Marvel’s previous Disney+ Originals like WandaVision and Loki are anything to go off of, there’s absolutely nothing to worry about.
More on Moon Knight/Marc Spector
For those unfamiliar with the Marvel Comics character, his official description reads:
Born to a respectable family, but eschewing its history and beliefs Marc Spector cut his own path through life by becoming a boxer, a Marine, and finally a CIA operative. Disgusted by the organizations practices and hurt by his own brother Randall’s betrayal, Spector ejected whatever morals he still possessed and fell into mercenary work around the globe. During this dark time, he made friends with Jean-Paul “Frenchie” DuChamp, one of the only bright spots in the violent profession of a hired gun.
Tiring of overthrowing governments and assassinations, Spector entered into the orbit of an extreme terrorist named Bushman who turned on him and left him to die in the harsh Egyptian desert. Somehow, the mercenary made it to a nearby ancient tomb and into the hands of Marlene Alaurune, the daughter of an archaeologist murdered by Bushman. Near dead, Spector rose up to find a statue of the Egyptian deity Khonshu looming over him and believed it to have saved his life. He proceeded to smash Bushman’s operations with Frenchie’s help and later realized he’d gained a new outlook on life.
Spector returned to the United States with his friends and set about creating not only a costumed identity he dubbed Moon Knight, but two other personalities to aid him in his war on crime, millionaire Steven Grant and cab driver Jake Lockley. With Frenchie as his pilot, Moon Knight began to make an impression on the rest of New York City’s heroes.
Are you excited about Moon Knight?
You can stream Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and the four series in Marvel’s Phase 4 so far — Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s WandaVision, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, and Marvel’s What If…?— on Disney+ anytime.