The History Of Marvel’s Moon Knight


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A Moon Knight action figure, representing the show’s Marc Spector.

With the premiere of Disney+’s, Marvel’s, and Mohamed Diab’s newest limited-run TV series Moon Knight, fans have been raving about how well the show captures Doug Moench and Don Perlin’s original comic book character. This Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) flick follows Steven Grant, a gift shop worker, and Marc Spector, a mercenary, exploring ancient Egyptian history and even the Egyptian gods. As Steven Grant continues to experience blackouts and memories of another life, he finds out that he has dissociative identity disorder (DID) and shares his body with Marc Spector through dissociative identity disorder. Throughout the show, Marc’s enemies become Steven’s, and they have to work together to defeat them, with the added assistance of the Egyptian god, Khonshu.  

Moench and Perlin’s original comic book character was first introduced in 1975’s issue #32 of “Werewolf By Night” as a mercenary hired to hunt down and capture the werewolf. But the character’s signature feature is that he’s of ancient Egyptian lore and mental illness became the character’s backstory years later. In the comics, before becoming a crime-fighting vigilante, Marc joined the United States Marine Corps and briefly served as a CIA operative. While fans don’t know how Marc died in the show, the comic version of his death is caused by fellow mercenary Raoul Bushman while on a job in Sudan. During his final breaths, Marc crawls towards a statue of Khonshu. After his revival from the statue, Marc believes that Khonshu wants him to be the “moon’s knight.” During this time, he resumes his life of violence and works toward avenging the innocent. Early editions of the comics implied that Marc was just insane, but this is eventually proven wrong, and Khonshu is proven to be real.

Mohamed Diab’s depiction of Steven Grant is quite the departure from the original source material. For starters, Moench and Perlin originally wrote Steven Grant as an investment savvy billionaire, but the new Disney+ show portrays Steven as some gift shop worker who happens to sleepwalk and wake up in places he has no recollection of. Marc, on the other hand, is very similar to how he was in the comics.

So far, the series has had four episodes released on Disney’s streaming platform and has met amazing reviews from fans who weren’t even familiar with the comic book character before. Many say that Diab’s rendition of the Marvel character is possibly one of the best MCU TV shows to date earning a 94% average audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.