Marvel’s next TV series “Moon Knight” hit Disney+ this month and, according to series star Oscar Isaac, it won’t be shying away from the complicated discussion around its hero’s mental health.
In a new featurette, fans get a little bit more insight on the next hero to join the MCU, from both Isaac, and the series’ stars and directors. In the new footage, Isaac notes that tactfully handling a character that is inhabited by multiple personalities was a priority.
“Our job was to kind of put a lens on the things that had the most dramatic juice and ultimately take the mental health aspect incredibly seriously,” Isaac says.
In the comics, Moon Knight is Marc Spector, a former CIA agent-turned mercenary who was almost killed by his nemesis, before his life was saved by the Moon God Khonshu. Four different personalities all fight for control over his body and he of course fights magical crime in a mummy-esque costume, having been convinced by his near-death experience that his new quest is to defend the innocent.
Of course, the first trailer suggested things are switched up a bit in the Disney+ series. Here, we first meet “Steve,” a man played by Oscar Isaac’s very convincing English accent who works at a museum somewhere in Britain. But Steve appears to be losing his mind as multiple personalities battle for dominance — including a name Steve hasn’t heard before: Marc.
Series star May Calamawy, who plays a character named Layla in the series, says in the same video that the tone of “Moon Knight” is “like ‘Fight Club’ meets ‘Indiana Jones,’” and is “a bit dark at times.”
“Moon Knight” is led by head writer Jeremy Slater, who co-created Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy.” Mohamed Diab, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead serve as the show’s directors.
You can watch the new featurette in the video here and above.
Per the official logline, “Moon Knight” will be “a new globetrotting action-adventure series featuring a complex vigilante who suffers from dissociative identity disorder. The multiple identities who live inside him find themselves thrust into a deadly war of the gods against the backdrop of modern and ancient Egypt.”