Marvel Studio’s Moon Knight starring Oscar Isaac dropped its latest trailer today at the NFL Super Wild Card half-time. Living fully up to its expectations, the trailer doesn’t seem to shy away from exploring darker territories which Marvel Studios has mostly avoided so far. Though plot details are scarce, the trailer spends much time giving a brief idea about Marc Spector’s background and his life before becoming the ‘Fist of Khonshu’.
Back in August 2019, Marvel Studios had first announced its plan of developing a project on Moon Knight, a billionaire with dissociative identity disorder who gains superpowers from an ancient Egyptian moon god. Last January, it was confirmed that Oscar Isaac will be portraying the titular character. Having previously played the role of Apocalypse in the X-Men movies and Spider-Man 2099 in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Isaac is very much familiar with comic-book characters. Additionally, Moon Knight has also cast Ethan Hawke and May Calamawy in undisclosed roles. Here’s the trailer:
Staying true to the comics, Isaac’s Marc Spector seems to have sleeping disorders exacerbated due to his dissociative identity disorder (DID) as he keeps referring to himself as Steven Grant, one of the personalities he adopts in the comics. Furthermore, the trailer portrays Spector gradually fragmenting his mind as he fails to discern between his dreams and reality. A gritty and grueling insight into mental illness, the first trailer hints at a grisly show filled with themes of horror and suspense.
The trailer also briefly shows the Egyptian moon god Khonshu, who chooses Marc Spector as his incarnation in exchange for saving his life in the comics. Spector’s declining mental health as he juggles multiple personalities gets thrust into violence and bloodshed as he encounters Khonshu, the ancient Egyptian moon god. Here’s the official premise for the series.
“Marc Spector, who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, is drawn into a deadly war of gods with his multiple identities.”
Additionally, Ethan Hawke also appeared in the trailer as a cult leader who seems to guide Oscar Isaac’s Marc Spector to embrace the chaos as he keeps finding himself in dangerous situations throughout the trailer. The montage of Moon Knight violently beating what looks like a werewolf surely sets the precedent for the series to be the darkest MCU show to date.
Moon Knight will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on March 30, 2022.