Who is MoonKnight? Marvel's new TV show trailer drops and fans are divided

Marvel's next release is a TV show about a lesser-known hero, here's what you need to know about the character ahead of the show's March 30 release

                            Who is MoonKnight? Marvel's new TV show trailer drops and fans are divided
A still from Marvel Studios 'MoonKnight' with an insert of Oscar Isaac. (@MarvelStudios/Twitter)

After what feels like an agonizingly long wait, Marvel fans were finally treated with a look at Marvel's next major release. Unfortunately, it's not 'Doctor Strange', whose sequel comes out in May, but a lesser-known character named MoonKnight. The Oscar Isaac-starrer is coming out as a Disney Plus show on March 30 and we finally got our first full trailer for it on January 17, 2022.

After a massive 2021, 2022 seems like a slower year for Marvel. 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' comes out May 4, coinciding with the final episode of MoonKnight according to some. That will be followed by 'Thor: Love and Thunder' and the highly troubled 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'. We've also got a few shows coming out, namely 'She Hulk', 'Ms. Marvel', and a second season of 'What If?'. 


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For now, though, fans have to wait for a bit as 'MoonKnight' is still over 60 days away. Unless you are a major fan of the comics, the character may not be one you immediately recognize. However, he is still quite popular with the fandom and whether you are new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), or just a casual follower, here's what you need to know ahead of the show.

Oscar Isaac in a still from 'MoonKnight'. (@MarvelStudios/Twitter)


Who is MoonKnight?

First debuting in 1975, MoonKnight (or his alter-ego Marc Spector) is Marvel's take on Egyptian mythology. In the comics, Spector is a former US Marine turned mercenary who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, partially due to the control Khonshu (the God of the moon) has over him. He takes on several identities, which it appears the show will explore as well. Apart from his skills as a boxer and in weapons and combat, Spector is also granted powers of enhanced strength during nights with full moons, prophetic visions and dreams, and the ability to drain another person’s life energies as MoonKnight.

Since the show is the first time we will be seeing MoonKnight in the MCU, it appears Marvel will be giving us an origin story of some sort, but with a twist. In Marvel's official synopsis, Isaac plays Steven Grant, a shop employee who "shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector." From the trailer, a large portion of the show appears to be set in London, with scenes also set in Egypt. Ethen Hawke also plays a prominent role, but who exactly that has not been revealed. 



As you can see from the trailer above, the show leans heavily on Grant's identity disorder. We also get our first proper look at the MoonKnight suit, taken straight from the comics as Marvel has been doing for all its latest films and shows. As with all of Marvel's other shows, there appear to be more questions than answers from the first trailer. But that's not what fans are busy discussing. Instead, it appears the entire trailer itself has fans divided over the series.

'Looks kinda boring' say some, others say 'looking forward'

Many fans praised the trailer, with reactions such as "This looks so unbelievably good wtf," and "Damn, we really gotta wait until March 30th to watch #MoonKnight , I need to find a Time Machine." Another user replied, "I am so looking forward to this," while one person said, "Finally! I been waiting for this for some time now, beyond stoked!"






However, not everyone was convinced. "moon knight look boring," one user tweeted, while another said, "Looks kinda boring, hope oscar can make it worthwhile. Hes such a great actor maybe he can breathe character into disneys boring tv spots." One user reacted, "Kinda disappointing trailer ngl."





MoonKnight will release weekly episodes from March 30 onwards every Wednesday. For now, it has been rumored that there are 6 episodes, meaning the finale will air on May 4, 2022.