Oscar Isaac cannot seem to stay away from high profile franchises and roles for a long time. After his memorable run as Resistance pilot Poe Dameron in the latest Star Wars trilogy, the renowned actor was cast in the upcoming sci-fi epic Dune by Denis Villeneuve. And now, Oscar Isaac is reportedly in talks to play an important figure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Previously, the American-Guatemalan actor had played the role of the supervillain Apocalypse/En Sabah Nur in Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse. Considered to be one of the best actors of this generation, Oscar Isaac has become one of the most sought after actors in the industry due to his impeccable acting range.
Though this year has been quite forgettable for the MCU on the movies front, Marvel Studios has been aggressively pursuing its upcoming shows on Disney+. Moon Knight is one of the many shows lined up as a part of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And after numerous speculations, Marvel Studios might have finally found its millionaire superhero in Oscar Isaac.
Who is Moon Knight?
A former CIA agent and a mercenary, Marc Spector is the Jewish-American son of a rabbi. After teaming up with a French pilot named Jean-Paul DuChamp and an African mercenary Raoul Bushman, Marc Spector stumbles upon an archaeological dig of ancient artifacts, including the statue of the Egyptian moon god Khonsu. However, things quickly change when Bushman decides to keep the riches to himself and kill the archaeologists, and brutally beats up Spector to leave him for dead.
Fortunately, a few Egyptians find the dying Marc Spector and carry him to the statue of Khonsu. In a turn of events, the moon god appears to him in a vision and grants him a second chance at life as his avatar. Resurrected, Marc Spector gains newfound abilities of super-strength, speed, and endurance depending upon the lunar cycle. However, these abilities have now been discontinued in the comics.
As the avatar of Khonsu, Marc Spector distances himself from the life of a mercenary and instead becomes a millionaire named Steven Grant. Using his resources and skills, Spector dons a silver costume and adopts the moniker of Moon Knight to fight crime.
Moon Knight has been often compared to Batman for their notable similarities. However, the Marvel superhero is much more violent and suffers from a dissociative identity disorder. His multiple personalities and an unhinged nature make him a deadly vigilante, often drawing criticism from his fellow superheroes. It will be interesting to see how Disney approaches this R-rated character in the upcoming show.
In the upcoming Disney+ series, Moon Knight will play a vital role in Phase 4 of the MCU. Interestingly, the violent vigilante has earlier paired up with the Native American superhero Echo, who is set to appear in the upcoming Hawkeye series.
As Marvel Studios is quickly wrapping up its casting roles for the upcoming shows with Iman Vellani for Ms. Marvel, the news of Oscar Isaac being eyed to play the role of Marc Spector is exciting news as the actor has proved his mettle numerous times in major roles. The Golden Globe Award winner can redeem himself after his first comic-book foray as Apocalypse in the panned X-Men movie with the role of Moon Knight. Currently, Jeremy Slater of The Umbrella Academy is still attached to the project as the screenwriter while the studio is yet to find a director(s).
Moon Knight does not have any release date yet.