Oscar Isaacs is turning in quite the pop culture icon. He’s been in the Star Wars franchise, X-men, Robin Hood, Sucker Punch, Addams Family. And, Marvel recently announced Oscar Isaacs as the Moon Knight.
Moon Knight is an interesting choice, and one thing it will definitely do is show every inch of acting prowess that Oscar Isaacs has. Why? Here’s why?
Who is the Moon Knight?
Moon Knight a.k.a Marc Sceptor is a former boxer, CIA agent, and mercenary, who found himself near death after being betrayed by a former employer during an archeological dig. While he lay dying, Marc saw the Egyptian God Khonshu. The moon god offered him a second chance, but with that Marc Spector would become his avatar on Earth. Upon his return home, he used his mercenary money and and invested it to make a fortune. Along with this he created multiple identities. Steven Grant; Multimillionaire. Jake Lockely; Taxi driver. Among other.
Created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin, Moon Knight first appeared in Werewolf by Night #32 in August 1975. Yes, that’s an actual comic, and Yes, he’s actually that old.
Moon Knight has often been compared to Batman. Both rich, use their money and alter-egos to fight crime, expert detectives, lots of gadgets, etc.
Except Moon Knight actually has some superpowers. And that Moon Knight is basically what could happen to Batman if he had Dissociative Identity Disorder. Unlike Batman who fights crime to avenge his dead parents, Moon Knight beats up whoever has it coming, because he believes he is the avatar of the Moon god Khonshu, who is also the god of vengeance, and it helps him deal with everyone he’s killed over the years.
Moon Knight’s strength, endurance, and reflexes are enhanced depending upon the phases of the moon. The fuller the moon, the more strength Moon Knight derives from it; even during a new moon, he can lift several hundred pounds. It’s not known how much of this strength is mystical and how much is simply the result of self-hypnosis due to his psychological instability.
All in all, Moon Knight is a super interesting character that has played both minor and major roles in the Marvel Universe. Chances are you’ve read a comic which have him somewhere.
He’s also made appearances in the animated series as well. He’s appeared in the Ultimate Spider-Man series voiced by Diedrich Bader, who has incidentally also voiced Batman in Batman the Brave and Bold.
He’s also appeared in the Avengers Assemble animated series, not to mention a host of Marvel video games.
So let’s get into some comic books to read about the Moon Knight.
1 Moon Knight Epic Collection: Bad Moon Rising
To understand the origins of this character, the best place to go, is back to the beginning. Follow the Fist of Khonshu in his early years, in stories written by his creator. See him as a werewolf hunter, a defender, a spider-ally, and ultimately legend. While nearly fifty years old, the stories hold up even today.
2 Moon Knight Birth and Death
Origin stories are a dime a dozen with superheroes. Every time there is a reboot, you’ll get a new, updated origin. But with someone like Moon Knight, it’s never enough. We know about Marc Spector, but what about his other identities like Steven Grant? Moon Knight’s particular form of madness comes to light when he finds himself trapped outside reality. Is it real? Is he delusional? Is everything a figment of his fractured mind?
3 Moon Knight: From the Dead
Warren Ellis is a phenomenal writer. He has the ability to add some significant mind-fucks to what he writes. The story has Spector hunting ghosts, investigating an experiment involving a sleep study, which is driving its participants insane, and he even heads to a mushroom graveyard planet. There’s a mob engagement and pretty much everything is thrown his way in this insane tale of Moon Knight!
I’m super psyched for Moon Knight coming to the screen. With all the comic book material that exists this has the potential to be an incredibly gripping show that is a mix of noir, drama, thriller, action and the supernatural. Until then, I’m going to go re-read everything all over again.