Moon Knight is a Disney+ original series set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, centering around Moon Knight. It is the sixth Disney+ original series featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first starring a new character. Jeremy Slater serves as the showrunner and writer of the series.
It stars Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector / Moon Knight, Steven Grant / Mr. Knight, and Jake Lockley, a man with a dissociative identity disorder. He becomes the avatar for the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. The series also features May Calamawy, Karim El Hakim, F. Murray Abraham, Ethan Hawke, Ann Akinjirin, David Ganly, Khalid Abdalla, Gaspard Ulliel, Antonia Salib, Fernanda Andrade, Rey Lucas, Sofia Danu, and Saba Mubarak in supporting roles.
The series follows Marc Spector and Steven Grant, two alters of a man with DID, as they are drawn into a mystery involving Egyptian gods. The series explores the themes of identity, trauma, mental health, and faith in a dark and gritty tone. Moon Knight also features action-packed sequences and psychological horror elements that showcase Spector’s alters’ different abilities and personalities.
What made Moon Knight a hit?
The series has become a massive hit for several reasons. First, it introduces a new and complex character to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has not been seen before on screen. Moon Knight is a fan-favorite comic character with a rich and diverse history and mythology. The series adapts some of the most iconic stories and aspects of nature while also adding new twists and surprises.
Secondly, the series boasts an impressive cast and crew that deliver stellar performances and production values. Oscar Isaac is widely praised for his portrayal of Marc Spector / Moon Knight and his multiple identities, using different accents and body language to differentiate them. He also performs most of his stunts and fights in the series. The supporting cast also delivers nuanced and compelling performances that add depth and emotion to the story. The directing team led by Mohamed Diab creates a unique and immersive visual style that captures the mood and atmosphere of the series. The cinematography by Gregory Middleton and Andrew Droz Palermo is stunning and dynamic, while the editing by Cedric Nairn-Smith, Joan Sobel, and Ahmed Hafez is tight and suspenseful. The music by Hesham Nazih is haunting and powerful, blending traditional Egyptian instruments with modern electronic sounds.
Thirdly, the series tackles essential and relevant issues that resonate with audiences. The series does not stop depicting the struggles and challenges of living with DID and how it affects one’s relationships. Moon Knight also explores the themes of faith and spirituality nuanced and respectfully, showing how different characters cope with their beliefs or lack thereof. The series also addresses the topics of corruption, gentrification, social justice, and family realistically and engagingly.
These are reasons why Moon Knight has become a massive hit among fans and critics alike. The series has received positive reviews for its story, characters, performances, visuals, music, and themes. Moon Knight has also generated a lot of buzz and discussion on social media platforms such as Twitter and Reddit. The series has been nominated for several awards, including four Primetime Emmy Awards. The series has also been renewed for a second season by Disney+.