Marvel are not only bringing their most beloved characters to the small screen via Disney+, such as WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, but also some lesser-known heroes.

Picture Credit: Disney/Marvel Studios

Picture Credit: Disney/Marvel Studios

Moon Knight is a character we have not seen in live action yet, and many fans, whether they know this character or not, are excited for him to debut.

Moon Knight, or Marc Spector, is a character who definitely deserves to be shown off due to his unique design and his affliction with mental health which many deem very important to show – and Moon Knight is the perfect character to do just that.

So, who is Marc Spector?

Spector was born into a respectable family, however, he decided to carve his own path through life, ending up a boxer, a Marine, and finally a CIA operative.

However, Spector became disenfranchised with the organisations he worked for and fell into mercenary work around the world.

Spector, during a mission, was left to die in the Egyptian desert by the terrorist known as Bushman. Somehow, Spector made his way into a close by tomb and seeing the statue of Egyptian deity Khonshu – which, according to Spector, saved his life.

Now he is Moon Knight, and once returned to New York City (NYC) he set about to make a difference in the war on crime, and supposedly make an impression on any other NYC heroes.

Moon Knight’s powers are said to include enhanced strength during nights with full moons, prophetic visions and dreams, and the ability to drain another person’s life energy through physical contact.

Despite these somewhat odd yet potentially useful powers, not everything is well with Spector. He struggles with mental health issues such as depression and dissociative identity disorder (DID), making it sometimes hard for him to keep both hands on the wheel.

If Marvel were to explore this character’s mental health issues in such a way where they do not envelop the character, but lift him up to be something more than his struggles would be phenomenal to see.

Of course, we see some characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe struggle with certain things, such as Wanda’s (Elizabeth Olsen) intense pain after her brother is killed during Avengers: Age of Ultron and the death of Vision (Paul Bettany), her lover, in Avengers: Infinity War.

However, Moon Knight seems to be a character where we can explore his issues in detail as, while they do not make him who he is, they do play a big part in how he lives his life.

Looking at the character’s origins, Moon Knight’s first comic book appearance was in Werewolf by Night #32, releasing in August of 1975.

Moon Knight was written by Doug Moench and drawn by Don and Howard Perlin.

In his first comic appearance, Moon Knight faces off against Jack Russell’s alter ego which, as you may have guessed, is a werewolf. The story is more or less Moon Knight knocking out a werewolf, hoping he doesn’t wake up while he takes him to a committee – who will only pay him once they see Russell transform.

Moon Knight did eventually get his own comic book series, beginning in 1980. Clearly, this is not a character to simply leave on the back benches.

In regard to the TV show, Moon Knight’s live action debut seems rather far away unfortunately as there is no set release date as of yet. There is little information altogether regarding the series.

It is speculated that the show will begin filming sometime this year (2021) and will not arrive on Disney+ any sooner than 2022. This may change due to the coronavirus pandemic, though.

Some news that seems promising is the casting. Oscar Isaac is said to portray the unique superhero; however this is not confirmed but it does seem like it might stick.

It is also rumoured that Ethan Hawke will play the villain of this series - again, this may change but it's looking pretty solid.

While we wait for Moon Knight, we have some incredible shows coming our way from Marvel, such as WandaVision (which is on Disney+ now), The Falcon and The Winter Soldier to follow in March, and then Loki – safe to say we are not short of entertainment from Marvel this year!

Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal

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