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This teaser gives us a taste of the mental torture caused by the multiple identities living within the body of Marc Spector (Oscar Isaac). Once a mercenary for hire, Spector became a ruthless warrior of an Ancient Egyptian deity after being left for dead in the middle of the desert. But that's only a distant memory right now because the personality of Steven Grant — a fidgety gift shop employee in London — is currently running the psychological show. "I can't tell the difference between my waking life...and dreams," he declares.
Plagued by blackouts, terrifying hallucinations, and fractured memories of a different life, Steven must accept the reality of his dissociative identity disorder and embrace the chaotic mantle of Moon Knight if he and Marc want to have any shot at surviving their enemies and "a deadly mystery among the powerful gods of Egypt," reads the official synopsis provided by Marvel Studios. Ethan Hawke (The Good Lord Bird) and May Calamawy (Ramy) co-star as villain Arthur Harrow and a mystery character, respectively.
As expected, Harrow doesn't come off as the greatest influence in the world. He's the only person who truly understands Marc's predicament, but also seems to have something sinister to gain from the hero accepting his destiny. Is he perhaps trying to usurp Khonshu's power for his own gain?
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"He’s brutal,” Marvel Studios mastermind Kevin Feige said of the titular hero during an interview for Empire Magazine's April 2022 issue. “It’s been fun to work with Disney+ and see the boundaries shifting on what we’re able to do. There are moments [in the series] when Moon Knight is wailing on another character, and it is loud and brutal, and the knee-jerk reaction is, ‘We’re gonna pull back on this, right?’ No. We’re not pulling back. There’s a tonal shift. This is a different thing. This is Moon Knight.”
The show's lead creative is head writer/executive producer Jeremy Slater (a streaming vet of Netflix projects like Death Note and The Umbrella Academy). Mohamed Diab and the team of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead share directing duties. Isaac, Feige, Diab, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Brad Winderbaum serve as executive producers. Grant Curtis, Trevor Waterson, and Rebecca Kirsch are co-executive producers.
"There was a lot of room to try stuff because there wasn’t the pressure that we got to make sure we make however many hundreds of millions of dollars on the opening weekend," Isaac explained last month. "So we could make it very point-of-view. We could make very weird decisions. At the moment, at least — and I don’t imagine it’s going to go backwards — it feels like that’s where more of the risk is being taken because it can financially."
Moon Knight arrives on Disney+ Wednesday, March 30.