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Who is Moon Knight?

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Kevin Stringer
09/16/2019

Moon Knight is a Marvel comic book character and the protagonist of the upcoming Disney+ television series of the same name. He was created by writer Doug Moench and artist Don Perlin for the comic book Werewolf by Night #32 in August 1975.

He has been compared to D.C. Comics character Batman, as both of the heroes rely on their mastery of martial arts and extensive tactical knowledge rather than superpowers (Moench also worked on a number of Batman comics, so the similarities aren’t entirely accidental). Both regularly upgrade their equipment, using advanced technology to take down their foes.

Unlike Batman, Moon Knight has occasionally shown superhuman abilities, including abnormal strength during full moons. His superpowers are vaguely defined, but they’re typically tied to his interactions with the Egyptian moon god Khonshu.

In Marvel lore, Moon Knight’s real name is Marc Spector. He’s a former boxer, Marine, and CIA operative who decides to fight crime after being left for dead in Egypt by a terrorist organization. He is notable for his psychological instability, which manifests as “bouts of depression and multiple identity disorder,” per Marvel.

The character initially created his other identities to investigate crimes, but he sometimes becomes absorbed by those alternate personalities. In the comics, Spector might explore the streets of New York City as cab driver Jake Lockley or infiltrate high society as millionaire Steven Grant. He’s very unpredictable, which acts as both an advantage and a disadvantage when battling enemies.

In August 2019, Marvel announced a live-action Moon Knight series, which will premiere on the Disney+ streaming service sometime in 2021 or later. It’s part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4, but Disney hasn’t released cast or plot information as of September 2019.

Still, for Marvel fans, the news is exciting. While Moon Knight isn’t a household name like Spider-Man or the X-Men, he’s a fan favorite, and the new series will undoubtedly add another strong character to Marvel’s growing catalog.