It appears that Marvel‘s planned Moon Knight series has its star.
A number of outlets are reporting that Oscar Isaac has entered negotiations to star as Marvel character Moon Knight, aka Marc Spector, in a series heading to streaming service Disney+. This will Isaac’s second Marvel character; he played powerful and ancient mutant En Sabah Nur aka Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse.
The Moon Knight series, which was announced at D23 last year, will be a key chapter in setting up some of what lies ahead in Marvel’s screen universe. Not only is the character leading his own series, but as Kevin Feige revealed in November 2019, Moonlight and upcoming Disney+ series-leading characters She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel will have roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well.
The character of Marc Spector, created in 1975 by writer Doug Moench and artist Don Perlin, is a Jewish-American rabbi’s wayward son, a former boxer, CIA agent, and mercenary. Betrayed by an employer, he’s left for dead during an archaeological dig in Egypt. He’s approached by Egyptian moon god Khonshu, who allows him to live with the condition that he be an avatar for the god on earth. Spector is resurrected with superhuman powers, as well as multiple identities – which the comics have used to play with the question of whether the Khonshu event was real or if Spector has severe mental health issues.
If they stick to the Khonshu element, who knows where that narrative could take the MCU in future. THR has speculated:
[…] It’s possible that Khonshu might even get a mention in the history spanning Eternals, set for release next year. [..] If Moon Knight retains his role in the supernatural realm as he does in the comics, facing off against werewolves and vampires, then the Disney+ series could also deliver the first appearance of the MCU’s Blade.
Blade, as was announced at San-Diego Comic-Con 2019, will be played by two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali.
And THR had one more thought on where Moon Knight could end up:
[…] With Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch set to expand the prominence of magic and the occult in the MCU, Moon Knight could eventually find himself as part of the MCU’s very own iteration of the supernatural team, Midnight Sons.
The Umbrella Academy co-creator Jeremy Slater is developing Moon Knight and will be leading the show’s writing team.