Moon Knight Has An Advantage Over Other MCU Adaptations – Screen Rant

Moon Knight is guided by his god Khonshu to do what other heroes are unwilling to do, and that gives him big storytelling advantages
While Moon Knight is one of the many Marvel characters getting an upcoming MCU adaptation, he has a unique advantage over other heroes getting the TV treatment. Marc Spectre, unholy avatar of the moon god Khonshu, is a morally ambiguous hero having worked as a mercenary, prizefighter, CIA agent and soldier of fortune before his transformation into the silver-clad vigilante Moon Knight. The ambiguous nature of Moon Knight sets him apart from other heroes in the Marvel stable and may make him a perfect character for the silver screen.
Though he first debuted as a monster hunter in 1975’s Werewolf By Night #32 by writer Doug Moench and penciler Don Perlin, Moon Knight didn’t come into his own until he was pencilled by the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz in Moon Knight #1, also written by Moench. Seen by some as a twisted take on Batman, Moon Knight has proven over the years that he is much more. Moon Knight’s origin as laid out in Moon Knight #1 sees him as second in command to the villain Bushmaster. Feeling conflicted as to the nature of the missions he has helped Bushmaster carry out, Marc deserts ahead of an upcoming raid on an archaeological dig and sets out to warn the archaeologists working there. This decision sees him encounter Bushmaster at the dig, leaving Marc almost fatally injured with his heart actually stopping for a short period. When he is found and rescued, Marc attributes his survival to the god whose statue he saw at the dig, Khonshu, the Egyptian god of vengeance.
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As an avatar of the god of vengeance, Moon Knight can at times be especially brutal, sometimes killing his villains in a gruesome fashion. In 2021’s Moon Knight #3 written by Jed MacKay and with art by Alessandro Cappuccio, Moon Knight’s therapist remarks that he should have a fairly sizable rogues gallery given the years he has been a vigilante, only for him to remark “Fewer than you might think, In my more interesting periods, few of them survived my attention.” Not unlike The Punisher, Moon Knight has a tendency to kill his enemies, but unlike The Punisher, Moon Knight kills because his god sometimes demands it.
One of the character’s most famous traits is that Moon Knight also has more than one identity. Originally, Marc Spectre used disguises and alter egos to help him do detective work, similar to Batman’s Matches Malone. As time went on, however, Marc began to inhabit the identities more and more, leading to, or triggering his pre-existing dissociative identity disorder (DID). Marc’s mental health struggles play a large role in his character, as Marc cannot always trust his own mind as he navigates his superhero career. This is something the god Khonshu can often be seen taking advantage of, with some comics implying that Khonshu is the one who gave Marc his disorder when choosing him as his avatar.
The moral and mental ambiguity of Moon Knight seems perfect for the MCU; which can include Moon Knight as an unreliable narrator, have you questioning if Khonshu is real or imagined, and leave you unsure as to whether Moon Knight will leave his enemies alive. These aspects to Moon Knight’s character set him apart from other Marvel heroes and firmly differentiates him from DC’s Batman. Moon Knight has always been an underrated character, but with his upcoming MCU adaptation, it seems he may finally get the recognition he deserves.
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A self-taught artist and writer since a young age, Jeff has always been crafting up crazy stories and weird art. Since graduating from SAIT with a Diploma in Writing and TV Production, Jeff has been searching for outlets to showcase his unique vision. After dipping his toes professionally in TV, Magic, and Video Game appraisal, Jeff rediscovered his love of comics and hasn’t looked back. When Jeff isn’t found reading or writing about comics, he is usually found making them.


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