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Marvel Reveals First Look at Oscar Isaac in 'Moon Knight'

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In August 2019, Marvel announced that Moon Knight—a character who first appeared in Marvel Comics back in 1975—would be getting his own solo series on Disney+ (the same announcement also made clear that She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel would be coming too). While WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier got much of the early attention (and Loki, What If...?, and now Hawkeye have followed), it's time for those latter three shows to shine in 2022. Disney's special Disney+ day included the first brief tease of footage at the Moon Knight show, which looks super exciting. Fans who either know nothing about Moon Knight or have only heard the name in passing should have good reason to be way more interested: Oscar Issac.

Isaac, a legitimate movie star who just played Duke Leto Atreides in Dune, will play the first live action version of Moon Knight/Marc Spector. Moon Knight has taken on many forms throughout his 45 years in Marvel Comics, but will now be joining the MCU, first through a limited series on Disney+.

Isaac is such a significant actor, though, that it's hard to imagine he remains there for good. At the very least, we'd expect Isaac's Moon Knight to make his way into a supporting role in future MCU films. We think this is going to end up being big.

Photo credit: Roy Rochlin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Roy Rochlin - Getty Images

There's now a teaser of sorts for Moon Knight.

Disney+ day featured a first look at a number of new Disney+ projects, one of which was Moon Knight. The footage, which only lasts about 40 seconds, shows Isaac in character as Marc Spector. "I can't tell the difference between my waking life, and dreams," we hear Marc (as confirmed by Disney+ subtitles) say in what sounds like a rather wild English accent. All the while, we see some rather trippy footage; Marc's reflection not following his body, looking very troubled at himself in the mirror, et cetera.

Photo credit: Marvel Studios
Photo credit: Marvel Studios

As the trailer continues, we hear a different voice—it sounds like Ethan Hawke, and more on him below—chime in. "The voice in your head...it devours you," he says, as we see someone in the Moon Knight costume pummeling someone into the ground (or maybe just punching the ground?), running quickly, and jumping from one building to another.

It's a brief tease, but more than enough to get us very, very excited.

Oscar Isaac will face off with Ethan Hawke in Moon Knight.

Details about the Moon Knight series have been trickling in little by little, but we know that not only will the series have a huge draw as its titular character and hero, but, according to The Hollywood Reporter, it will also feature a huge name as its villain: Ethan Hawke.

In its post-Avengers: Endgame era, Marvel hasn't been sparing any of its ammo when it comes to casting; superstars like Angelina Jolie (Eternals) and Christian Bale (Thor: Love and Thunder) have joined for feature films, but Hawke and Isaac are probably the biggest names confirmed yet for the small screen treatment.

Hawke, a four-time Academy Award nominee, is playing an unknown villain at this point; THR notes that Moon Knight's arch nemesis in Marvel Comics is Bushman, a fellow mercenary and former ally who turned on the hero when Egyptian gold entered the story's fray.

Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images
Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images

What is Moon Knight?

While Moon Knight is far from Marvel's best known character, he's been around for 45 years at this point, having made his debut in Werewolf by Night #32 back in August 1975. The character's premise, according to Variety, sounds like something of a more supernaturally-powered take on Batman. Marc Spector (who will be played in the series by Isaac) is an elite mercenary who becomes the human avatar for Khonshu, the Egyptian god of the moon, and decides to begin fighting crime.

The character isn't on the level of, say, Captain America or Spider-Man, but he's certainly a favorite among comic fans; IGN named Moon Knight the #49 greatest Avenger of all time, and the #89 Comic Book hero , while Wizard declared the character the #149 greatest comic character in the history of the medium.

Who's behind Moon Knight?

Like WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki (among others), Moon Knight will get the full MCU treatment. That means Kevin Feige, the MCU's chief, will be just as involved as he is with the studio's many feature films. It was also announced that while the show is still looking for a director, the showrunner will be Jeremy Slater, who is a writer on The Umbrella Academy and previously created FOX's short-lived TV version of The Exorcist.

As far as the directing of the show goes, Marvel is once again going to the indie realm. The duties behind the camera will be split by Mohamad Diab, who made an acclaimed film called Clash, and the duo of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, who were behind a pair of successful indie horror films in The Endless and Synchronic.

Photo credit: Getty
Photo credit: Getty

When will Moon Knight come out?

Production on Moon Knight wrapped up back in October, and we've already been hearing about it for a little while. The show will almost certainly be released in 2022; we don't know the order just yet, but considering we got footage during Disney+ Day from Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk, it would be common sense to guess that those are the next three up. Most likely we'll get one of them in mid January, a la WandaVision, one in early spring, a la The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and one in early summer, a la Loki. Which comes when is anyone's guess.

Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

Isaac was officially confirmed for the series by cinematographer Gregory Middleton.

While Marvel's official marketing and promotional materials haven't yet confirmed that Isaac (or Hawke) will be starring in Moon Knight, the first official confirmation that this is real and not just rumor comes from an Instagram posted by cinematographer Gregory Middleton, an Emmy winner who's previously worked on shows like Watchmen and Game of Thrones.

"Well the secret is out. It’s an honor to be a part of introducing a new character to the MCU #MoonKnight. Who says cinematographers worry about white costumes! ... not if they are complex characters played by an amazing performer like @officialoscarrisaac," he wrote in his post. "Thank you director Mohamed Diab and the#mcu for inviting me aboard."

Moon Knight won't be Isaac's first foray into television.

While audiences probably know Isaac best for his role as ace pilot and general badass Poe Dameron in all three Star Wars prequels or his more prestigious roles in smaller films like Ex Machina or Inside Llewyn Davis, he also had one of his best roles in a television miniseries called Show Me A Hero from creator David Simon.

Isaac played Yonkers mayor Nick Wasicsko in the based-on-a-true-story series focused on the city's plan to build public housing in a majority-white section of the city. Simon, who also created The Wire and The Deuce, crafted Isaac a perfect project for his ability to project magnetic charisma and spirit-breaking sadness in the same character. He won a Golden Globe for the role.

Isaac also recently appeared in HBO's Scenes From a Marriage, which he appeared in alongside Jessica Chastain. The two previously starred together in A Most Violent Year and were classmates when both were at Julliard.

It also won't be his first tango with Marvel.

Maybe this one isn't as worth mentioning—Isaac played the titular villain in 2016's X-Men: Apocalpyse. Isaac, draped in purple make-up for the film's duration did his best but ultimately it was an unremarkable role in an unremarkable film (47% on Rotten Tomatoes). Since it was the old X-Men timeline, it wasn't technically part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so there are no issues there of any sort. This should just be a footnote before a much better role in the future—not dissimilar from Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern run or Chris Evans' movies as the Fantastic Four's Human Torch (remember those?).

Photo credit: Men's Health
Photo credit: Men's Health

Isaac also had a miniscule voice work cameo in a credits scene of 2018's Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, playing Miguel O'Hara/Spider-Man 2099 (although he's credited as "Interesting Person #1). It's a role that absolutely seems to lead into a sequel, whenever it may come—Isaac certainly could be busy in different corners of the Marvel world.


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