One of my favorite and one of the most underrated comic book characters in existence today is Moon Knight. If you are reading this and thinking “Ummm who is Moon Knight?” Well, you would not be alone. He is for lack of a better description Marvel’s split personality, Egyptian powered Bat Man.
I am a huge comic book fanatic, history buff and lover of mythology. So Moon Knight is one of the few comic book characters that kind of covers all my bases as a fan. According to his wiki page:
“Born in Chicago, Illinois, Marc Spector is an American rabbi’s wayward son. As an adult, Spector spends time training to be a heavyweight boxer, a U.S. Marine, and a mercenary. He becomes a skilled combatant and befriends the French pilot Jean-Paul DuChamp, whom he calls “Frenchie.” While the pair work for the African mercenary Raoul Bushman in Egypt, the group stumbles upon an archaeological dig whose crew includes Dr. Peter Alraune and his daughter Marlene. The dig had uncovered an ancient temple where artifacts included a statue of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. Intent on looting the dig, Bushman kills Dr. Alraune. In response to Alraune’s murder, Spector challenges Bushman to personal combat but is beaten nearly to death and left to die in the sub-zero temperatures of the desert night.
Roaming Egyptians who worship the ancient Egyptian gods find Spector and carry him to their temple. Helpless before the statue of Khonshu, Spector’s heart stops. Khonshu appears to him in a vision, offering Spector a second chance at life if he becomes the god’s avatar on Earth. Spector awakens, wraps himself with the silver shroud that covers Khonshu’s statue, and again confronts Bushman. He defeats Bushman and returns to America with Marlene Alraune, Frenchie, and the statue of Khonshu. Deciding to become a crimefighter, Spector creates a silver cloaked costume, based on the silver shroud, and becomes the Moon Knight.
After his return to the United States, Spector invests the money that he had accumulated as a mercenary and develops a small fortune. To distance himself from his mercenary past he creates the identity of millionaire entrepreneur Steven Grant, using this identity to purchase a spacious estate. To remain in contact with the street and criminal element he also creates the identity of taxicab driver Jake Lockley. As Lockley, he has acquired civilian allies such as Bertrand Crawley and Gena Landers and her sons.”
I think there is definitely room for Moon Knight in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and he would bring aspects and an edge that has been lacking from the MCU thus far. His descent into insanity would not need to be explained fully in the first instalment of the film but the exploration of his different personas is something that would be very interesting. The film could fill the “dark” movie niche that Marvel has failed to fill with a Daredevil and 2 Punisher films.
There is much potential in the development of a Moon Knight film on it’s own but it also creates one more possible future cameo in an Avengers sequel down the road. Marc Spector brings a unique look, skill set, origin story and possible story ideas that would be a breath of fresh air in the super hero movie genre.