Almost a decade and a half after the Marvel Cinematic Universe first reached screens and began to change blockbuster entertainment as we know it, it can often seem like its sprawling range of interconnected films and TV shows has featured every actor ever. We’d start naming stars, but there’s just so many. And the next show headed to the comic book company’s television ranks — and set to stream via Disney+, obviously — definitely won’t change that feeling, given that it features Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke.
In Moon Knight, Isaac (The Card Counter) plays the eponymous figure — and yes, from the MCU’s Phase Four ranks (because Marvel splits its movies and series into phases depending on where the overarching story is at the time), this’ll be the first Disney+ series that doesn’t overtly tie in with characters we’ve already seen in plenty of its past flicks. So, if it all sounds unfamiliar after the last year served up WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki and Hawkeye, there’s a very good reason for that.
On the page, Moon Knight dates back to 1975 — and, on-screen, hasn’t ever gotten the live-action treatment until now. Also known as Marc Spector, the character is an ex-marine who has a dissociative identity disorder as well as a sleeping disorder, and also becomes the conduit for the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. Already dealing with multiple distinctive identities and not being able to tell the difference between being awake and asleep, the latter run-in doesn’t go down smoothly, unsurprisingly.
Just how that’ll turn out for this Isaac-starring version of the figure won’t be seen until Wednesday, March 30, when Moon Knight will start hitting Disney+ — but the first trailer for the six-part series has just dropped to give everyone a glimpse in the interim. Isaac plays frantic, stressed and panic well, and not only because he plays almost everything well (see also: last year’s Scenes From a Marriage and Dune). And this sneak peek both gets twisty and teases out the show’s premise.
As for Hawke (The Good Lord Bird), he’s the villain of the piece, and is seen drawing a crowd, looking like a cult leader and encouraging Marc to embrace the voice inside his head. Moon Knight boasts impressive talent behind the camera, too, with The Endless and Synchronic’s Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead directing.
And yes, this is just the first of Marvel’s 2022 TV shows, with She-Hulk starring Tatiana Maslany (Perry Mason) and he-hulk Mark Ruffalo, plus Ms Marvel and Nick Fury-focused series Secret Invasion, all likely to hit this year, too.
Check out the Moon Knight trailer below:
Moon Knight will be available to stream via Disney+ from Wednesday, March 30.
Published on January 18, 2022 by Sarah Ward