Moon Knight is an upcoming Marvel TV series created by Jeremy Slater for the OTT platform Hotstar Disney+, based on the Marvel Comics character of “Moon Knight.” It is the sixth television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) produced by Marvel Studios, sharing continuity with the franchise films. Slater serves as a head writer, with Mohamed Diab leading the directing team.
March 30, 2022
Marc Spector, is mercenary suffering from dissociative identity disorder, is drawn into a deadly mystery involving Egyptian gods with his multiple identities, such as Steven Grant.
In April 2018, Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President, confirmed that Moon Knight would be introduced to MCU but questioned, “Does that mean five years from now, 10 years from now, 15 years from now?”
In August 2019, Marvel Studios announced at the D23 conference that a series based on Moon Knight was being developed for the OTT platform Disney+. Jeremy Slater was hired to serve as the head writer and executive producer that November. In addition, Mohamed Diab was hired to direct four episodes for the series in October 2020 and executive produce. Marvel had approached him “out of the blue” to present a pitch for the series, which Diab worked on with his writer-producer wife, Sarah Goher. Diab believed the series would be “hard, serious and about big topics” like many of his feature films. Director duo Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson joined in January 2021 to direct the other two series. Marvel Studios’ Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Brad Winderbaum serve as executive producers and Isaac. The series will consist of six 40–50 minute episodes. In February 2021, Feige stated that some of their series, including Moon Knight and She-Hulk, were being developed with the potential to have additional seasons made, in contrast to series like WandaVision (2021), which were developed as limited series that led to feature films instead.
Beau DeMayo, Danielle Iman, and Alex Meenehan serve as writers. While exploring Egyptology, Feige likened the series to the Indiana Jones franchise and said Spector’s mental illness was a “unique aspect” of the series.
In October 2020, Oscar Isaac entered negotiations for the lead role of Marc Spector and was said to have been cast in January 2021; The casting was officially confirmed by Marvel Studios that May. Richard Newby of The Hollywood Reporter felt Isaac’s recent major acting roles could draw audiences unfamiliar with the character to the series and that his Latino ethnicity could allow an examination of faith from different perspectives, rather than having the character be depicted as a “Caucasian Jewish man” like in the comics. In January 2021, May Calamawy was cast in an undisclosed “key role” for the series, and Ethan Hawke was cast as Arthur Harrow, the main villain. Hawke said he joined the series based on where he felt he was in his acting career and due to the involvement of Isaac and Diab. In addition, he enjoyed the creative freedom that came with the series telling a lesser-known story. Gaspard Ulliel joined the cast by July 2021 as Anton Mogart / Midnight Man.
The first footage of the series debuted on Disney+ Day on November 12, 2021. A trailer was released on January 17, 2022, during the 2021–22 NFL playoffs. James Whitbrook at Gizmodo felt the trailer provided “a full, proper glimpse” at the character after the brief footage on Disney+ Day and felt the costume was “a faithful, albeit more textured-looking riff on the classic comics suit.”
Moon Knight is scheduled to debut on Disney+ on March 30, 2022, and will consist of six episodes. It will be part of Phase Four of the MCU.
In November 2019, Feige stated that the character will cross over to the MCU films after introducing Moon Knight in the series.
The series follows Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift-shop employee who becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life. Steven discovers he has Dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge upon them, they must navigate their complex identities while thrust into a deadly mystery among the mighty gods of Egypt.
Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector/Steven Grant/Moon Knight
Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow
May Calamawy as Layla
Gaspard Ulliel as Anton Mogart/Midnight Man
Loic Mabanza as a to-be-confirmed character
To-be-announced actor as Jean-Paul DuChamp
To-be-announced actress as Marlene Alraune
Lucy Thackeray as Donna
To-be-announced actor as Elias Spector
To-be-announced actress as Mrs. Spector
To-be-announced actor as Eddie Silver
To-be-announced actress as Willow Silver