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'Moon Knight' head writer says new hero is 'too much fun' to abandon after just one Disney+ season
Something tells us the MCU is laying the groundwork for the Midnight Sons.
We've still got a little over a month to go until Moon Knight stalks onto Disney+, but it's hard not to wonder what the character's future will look like after his TV show has come to an end.
"I can't imagine this is the last time you'll see Moon Knight in the MCU," the show's head writer and executive producer Jeremy Slater remarked during a conversation for Empire's 2022 issue (now on sale). "He's too much fun."
"It depends on whether people see the freakin' show first," added Oscar Isaac, who plays Marc Spector and serves as an executive producer on the hotly-anticipated project. "If they see it, then maybe we'll see more Moon Knight. But I love playing him. Particularly Steven [Grant, Marc's British alter ego]. I hope I get to revisit him again. I love him so much. I feel he's someone real, who lives in the world. It's been a long time since I felt that kind of connection."
Odds are good that we'll see the character again. Why else would Disney sink millions of dollars into Moon Knight if it didn't have big plans for him on the big screen? There's been some light speculation about how he might factor into the larger goings-on of this comic book world. The most likely theory posits that the MCU is laying the groundwork for the Midnight Sons, a team comprised of heroes gifted with supernatural abilities (almost like a Marvel version of Justice League Dark).
Several prime candidates are already on the board: Moon Knight, Blade (Mahershala Ali), Dane Whitman/Black Knight (Kit Harrington), and maybe even a new iteration of Ghost Rider, perhaps played by a very game Norman Reedus.
Of course, nothing is confirmed beyond Moon Knight's small screen debut. "He always fascinated us as something we hadn't seen before [so] when the Disney+ idea came up, it quickly became one of the first things we wanted to do because we loved the story," explained Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige, who also promised that the show (debuting next month) would not water down the dark and brutal tone from the original comics.
Isaac — who had already dipped his toes into the Marvel pool with 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse — had never heard of the hero while growing up, but was immediately hooked by the hero's obscure reputation, which allowed for more creative wiggle room.
"Your grandma knows who Spider-Man and the Hulk are, but Moon Knight... you need to do some explaining," Slater continued. "But Marvel are always looking for things they haven't done yet — untapped areas — and Moon Knight is just so different from every other character out there."
Moon Knight swoops onto Disney+ Wednesday, March 30.