Disney show Moon Knight has fascinating comic history with Spider-Man
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Disney Plus show Moon Knight has fascinating comic history with Spider-Man

Vincent Ralph January 18, 2022

Marvel fans got a tantalising glimpse of yet another new Disney Plus show last night, with the trailer for Moon Knight.

Moon Knight, who debuted in comic form in 1975, is coming to screens on March 30. But it is fair to say he is a lesser-known character among more casual fans.

Starring Oscar Isaac, the show tells the story of ‘Steven’, an apparent nobody who is in fact considerably more.

Marc Spector is a former Marine and CIA operative, turned mercenary. In the comics, a near-death experience by the statue of Egyptian moon god Khonshu sees him transform into the eponymous anti-hero.

In the past, he has had some fascinating storylines involving both Deadpool and, most interestingly, Spider-Man.

Two timely heroes came together

Spider-Man’s latest cinematic adventure has blown audiences away and the webbed wonder has never been bigger. So what is his connection with Moon Knight?

Simply put, the two were once one.

Back in 2018, during Marvel’s Infinity Warps series, Spider-Man and Moon Knight merged to form a completely new hero – Arachknight.

He is one of a number of combined characters formed after Gamora gained the power of the Infinity Stones. When she accidently forms the Warp World, our heroes are pushed together in fascinating ways.

That would make one hell of a film one day? Only time will tell if we see that on the big screen. But, what we do know, is that Moon Knight looks like another winner.

Who else is in the show?

Along with Isaac, the new Disney Plus show also stars Ethan Hawke, Gaspard Ulliel and May Calamawy. Initially set for a six-episode run, it will be interesting to see how if Moon Knight generates the same kind of love as Wanda Vision, Loki et al.

Moon Knight is set to be the first of a new batch of Marvel shows streaming in 2022. After Hawkeye lit up our Christmas, expect Isaac’s latest role to bring a far darker tone to proceedings.

The joy of the comics is that there is almost unlimited avenues for these superheroes to take. But the Infinity Warps series is one that could take the next phase into a mind-blowing direction if it is ever tackled.

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Vincent Ralph is Senior Managing Editor at GRV Media. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Greenwich and later completed his NCTJ in Newspaper and Magazine Journalism while studying in Cornwall. He was previously Head of Sixth Form at a secondary school in Kent, where he worked with hundreds of 16 to 19-year-olds over eight years. He joined GRV Media in 2014, working his way up from football writer to a senior member of staff. After two years as Managing Editor of Rousing The Kop and The Boot Room he became Senior Managing Editor of new student website Freshered. Vincent is a two-time New York Times bestselling author and his second novel is also a USA Today bestseller and the winner of the Southern Schools Book Award.