Last year, Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige said that Moon Knight will have a major role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in addition to the series, indicating that Moon Knight will have a significant role in MCU in the future. This makes Isaac a reason for those who do not know the nature of getting excited.
Moon Knight, created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin, first appeared in Werewolves at night No. 32 1975. A former heavyweight boxer became a mercenary, Spector was betrayed by his partner, Raoul Bushman at a job in Egypt. Spector is left for dead at an archeological site and resurrected by the Egyptian moon god Khonshu to become its avatar on earth. As a vigilante, Spector put up several false identities as protection, including millionaire Steven Grant and taxi driver Jake Lockley. Eventually, it became apparent that these other costumes were not just roles that Spector played, but actual identities with their own personalities and desires as real as Spector’s.
During Warren Ellis’ run in 2014, the Superhero identity of Moon Knight also became two identities. Moon Knight served as Spector’s occult hero identity, dealing with supernatural threats, much like he originally did in his Werewolves at night appearances. While Mr. Knight, dressed in a white suit, handled criminal presence at the street level and worked with police and detectives.
Given Moon Knight’s different identities, it’s easy to understand why any actor would be attracted to the role. And Isaac is known for his ability to disappear into characters, so much so that his early career emerges as villains in Robin Hood (2010) and Sucker Punch (2011) is still a surprise to viewers. The audience has seen him take on the role of hero in Star Wars, mercenary i Triple Frontier (2019), morally compromised genius in Ex Machina (2014), and depressed artist in Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). With Moon Knight, he has an opportunity to use all the different archetypes that viewers have seen him to create something completely new. Isaac has the gift of being one of the few recognizable actors who can become almost completely unrecognizable, which will surely serve Moon Knight and his multiple characters.
There’s no doubt that Isaac’s inclusion in MCU will be an additive presence in terms of performance and it’s easy to imagine Moon Knight testing Nick Fury’s patience (Samuel L. Jackson), or trading barbs with Spider-Man (Tom Holland) . But Isaac’s upcoming casting is also significant as he marks MCU’s first prominent Latinx hero, and great Latinx casting together Eternal‘Ajax (Salma Hayek), but not with Marvel Television productions that included Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) and Robbie Reyes / Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna) in Agents for SHIELD. As Marvel Studios continues to make its promise of increased inclusion in the future, the Latinx representation that Oscar Isaac brings to the table is definitely a welcome addition.
While in the series, Moon Knight is a Caucasian Jewish man, a Latino Moon Knight could do an equally interesting examination of the faith, if the character were Catholic instead of Jewish, when Spector is confronted with the existence of Egyptian gods. And more simply, it is important that fans of these stories, all fans, can see themselves represented on screen.
As for the Egyptian gods, it is possible that Khonshu may even get a mention in the exciting history of history Eternal, which will be released next year. But more interesting than whether Moon Knight and his mythos will be set up before the debut in the Disney + series are the theories about what his series will lead to. If Moon Knight retains his role in the supernatural realm he does in the series, with his face against werewolves and vampires, the Disney + series could also deliver MCU’s blades for the first time. To imagine that Oscar Isaac and Mahershala Ali are collaborating to fight vampires sounds almost too good to be true, but there is a very real possibility that it is happening somewhere along the line. And with Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch expanding the appearance of magic and the occult in MCU, Moon Knight could eventually find himself part of MCU’s own iteration of the supernatural team Midnight Sons. Oscar Isaac, who joins MCU, is already raising high expectations for Marvel Studios’ Disney + series, which confirms the idea that they will be as important as the movie elements.
Moon Knight has already gained momentum in recent years among comic book fans, and now it’s time for everyone else to come on board, because there’s a very real chance that the character will become one of MCU’s most popular characters in the coming years, both because of the representation he will give and because of that he opens yet another door to a much larger and alien universe that can ultimately do Avengers: Endgame feels small in comparison.