Oscar Isaac has been tapped to play the title role in the upcoming Disney+ Moon Knight series.
Moon Knight is the story of Marc Spector, an elite soldier and mercenary who decides to fight crime after he becomes the human avatar of Khonshu, the Egyptian god of the moon.
Jeremy Slater, who developed and wrote The Umbrella Academy, is said to be developing and serving as show runner. We’re unsure of who will be in the director’s chair. It will be produced by Kevin Feige’s Marvel Studios. As of right now no production date has been announced
More Than Just a Series
When the series was first announced, Feige said Moon Knight would have a larger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe than the Disney+ series.
The character of Marc Spector has dissociative identity disorder, and as such has numerous alter egos. Some, like a cab driver and a millionaire playboy, work to fight the criminal underworld.
As Moon Knight, Spector also fights supernatural threats. This could possibly set up crossover opportunities with other Marvel titles. One such contender would be the upcoming Mahershala Ali-led Blade series.
And with Doctor Strange and the Scarlet Witch expanding the presence of magic and the occult in the MCU, there are possibilities for team-ups with those characters as well.
Straight Into Another Franchise
Now that Isaac’s time as Poe Dameron in the most recent Star Wars trilogy has come to an end, it’s only natural that he’d be moving on to other high profile roles. He’s got several projects in the works, including The Card Counter, Dune, and Scenes from a Marriage on HBO.
But while Moon Knight seems like it could be a dream role, it also comes as a bit of a surprise that the actor is jumping from a galaxy far, far away straight into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Back in February, Isaac opened up to Vanity Fair about not wanting to be defined by such huge, blockbuster films.
“I enjoyed the challenge of those films and working with a very large group of incredible artists and actors, prop makers, and set designers, and all that. It was really fun,” Isaac said. “But it’s not really what I set out to do. What I really set out to do was to make handmade movies and to work with people that inspired me.”
So what gives? Marvel isn’t exactly known for “handmade movies.”
Why We Need Isaac in Moon Knight
Perhaps the draw is in the character of Spector itself. One could argue that Isaac was underutilized in the Star Wars trilogy. He’s proven himself to be an incredibly versatile actor over his career. And Moon Knight would provide him the opportunity to play so many archetypes within one role.
Or perhaps Marvel sweetened the pot with the promise of a franchise where he would serve as lead. He’s worked within the MCU before. In 2016 as En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse. And in 2018 as Miguel O’Hara in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
In fact, if he does take on Moon Knight, he’ll be making history as the first actor to play three different roles within the MCU.
Whatever the reason, I for one can’t wait to see what an actor with so much range can do with such a complicated character.