So there’s a new Marvel show on Disney+, Moon Knight, that stars America’s sweetheart Oscar Isaac, and there aren’t any other Avenger-y characters in it… as far as we know, anyway. Perfect, right? MCU freaks like me get a handsome new obsession and those who are more on the fringe of the superhero phenomenon can jump in cold.
But if you have questions like “who is Moon Knight,” “what are his powers,” and “why is he British” (oh my God, you can’t just ask someone why they’re British) — I got you. Here’s what you need to know about Marc Spector, a.k.a. Moon Knight, and what he can do.
Marc Spector is the “avatar” of an Egyptian God
That’s right, y’all, this is a show for people that were obsessed with Cleopatra and The Egypt Game as kids. The show takes place in the present and Marc is a relatively normal American guy, but serves the Ancient Egyptian god of the moon, Khonshu (voiced by F. Murray Abraham). As his “avatar” on Earth, Khonshu gives him tasks to do and together they protect the vulnerable.
Marc is a mercenary by trade. So most of his fighting ability comes from training, Konshu also gives him his powers via a suit. Marc has the ability to under a magical mystical makeover by “summoning” the kickass-looking white Moon Knight suit. There are also two versions of the suit depending on who summons it (more on that in a bit.)
When he’s wearing the suit/armor, he gains an extra oomph to his punch and most importantly the ability to heal himself. (It is also implied that Konshu brought him back to life from near death.)
He has moon-shaped throwing blades called “crescent darts.” That’s not a superpower. They’re just cool. Finally, one of the suits has a cape that makes him not able to fly, exactly, but leap real good. It’s shaped like a crescent moon. Moon Knight has a very distinct brand.
Marc Spector has Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)
DID was previously known in the medical community as multiple personality disorder and Marc Spector is just one of the identities that fans meet in the series.
When we meet Oscar Isaac’s character in Moon Knight, he 1) has a British accent, 2) works at a gift shop in London, and 3) is called Steven Grant. Steven Grant is Marc’s nerdy alter who sometimes emerges. Grant, on the other hand, doesn’t understand why he keeps blacking out and believes that he has a sleeping disorder — when in fact it’s just Marc emerging. There may or may not be other alters who show up in the show as well.
Marc’s super suit is the more traditional superhero outfit with the cape, while Steven uses an alternate suit that turns him into Mr. Knight.
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