« Who is Moon Knight? » This is something casual Marvel fans are asking after Monday’s announcement that Oscar Isaac plans to play the shadowy superhero in a new Disney series
The question itself is really the answer One of the unique aspects of this character, born in 1975, is that he struggles with dissociative disorder and has multiple personalities Originally a CIA agent named Marc Spector, childhood trauma led to a psychic split, which was exacerbated by his sometimes violent work for the government He later became a mercenary and an assassin; when he was betrayed and left for dead in the Egyptian desert, the lunar deity Khonshu rejuvenated him and gave him superhuman strength so that he could serve as his new avatar
Is Khonshu real or just another aspect of Spector’s struggle with mental illness? Over the past 45 years of comics, writers and artists have answered this question in different ways – sometimes pointing out that he is the earthly agent of a real god, and other times playing with the possibility that Khonshu was just a fantasy designed to help Spector cope with his inexplicable powers
Most of the time, Moon Knight is described as an agent of this otherworldly being, and his dissociative disorder is explained as something that makes him a handy vessel for the ancient god. There is always room for one more personality
This may all sound absurd (welcome to the comics!) or borderline offensive to those who actually struggle with this type of mental illness.But in the right hands, with the right approach, it could also work the opportunity for Isaac and showrunner Jeremy Slater (Umbrella Academy) to bring unique depth and emotion to the superhero A source close to the project has confirmed the news of his casting, which was first reported by Deadline’s Justin Kroll
A character like Daredevil, who is blind, has shown that disability does not preclude other super abilities There is a similar potential in a character who struggles to maintain balance despite cognitive struggles, exploiting disability. in an advantage in the fight against crime
Originally designed by writer Doug Moench and illustrator Don Perlin, Moon Knight had several alternating “real” identities, which gave the character a chance to adopt different personalities beyond his mask. luminous signature But the following comic book storytellers have looked at the reality of the mess, including a 2011 run by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev
These stories have more interesting potential if factored into the Disney adaptation In Them, Spector’s multiple personalities appeared to him as other superheroes such as Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Captain America, each mentoring him during his night patrols Adding Tom Holland, Chris Evans or a new Logan to the series as the guiding forces would make this a must-have watch for Marvel enthusiasts
Another interesting facet for Isaac comes from another question: Is Moon Knight really a good guy?
Hailing from the 70s, he was a villain who gradually used his powers for good but he maintains a tenuous grip on decency, sometimes using violent or cruel tactics that revolted even more traditional heroes He is not above killing his enemies, sometimes in horrible ways
Moon Knight is forever a character trying to figure out who he really is Often he doesn’t like the answer
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