The very awesome Moon Knight trailer dropped and yowzah: we’re in for a ride! Oscar Isaac brings the uproar (translation: all his astonishingly observant chops, charm and pathos) to the role of Moon Knight, the MCU’s latest caped hero. Isaac revealed to Paternal during an interview last fall that his son encouraged him to take on the Moon Knight role, he said that it one of the most challenging and exciting roles of his career. We are quite excited.
Moon Knight has clear enough to explore through his own damn self: associative personality disorder, a mysterious deep-cut Marvel villain played by Ethan Hawke, and good old London city. But of course we also ask ourselves how the show will fit the wide and wonderful Marvel Universe. MCU boss Kevin Feige promised that the new list of Disney + Marvel program characters, including Moon Knight, will eventually cross to the big screen. But for now we’re asking what MCU characters might make cameos Moon Knight?
Here’s our thoughts on what familiar faces we might encounter Moon Knight, plus a small primer on these moon-covered vigilante. And if you are not familiar with his Mooness, we have an o-so-short primer to help you.
Who the fuck is Moon Knight anyway?
I once heard Moon Knight described as Batman with an associative personality disorder. And it’s about to bite: he’s a vigilante with a mental illness that causes him to experience multiple personalities – oh, and he’s also possessed by – or in the service of – an Egyptian moon god. At the Disney + show, we meet one of these personalities in Steven Grant, a struggling gift shop employee at the London Museum. Gradually, Steven realizes he is also Marc Spector, a former marine and trained killer. In the comics, Spector assumes the Moon Knight identity to defeat evildoers, who mostly work at night (as Bats does). While Moon Knight in most comics is just a normal person with great fighting skills and very wonderful toys – in others the god Khonshu gives him powers that come and go with the phases of the moon. Moon Knight is at the … eh … violent end of the comic book hero spectrum: he brings a brutality and ruthlessness to his personal and public battles against evil.
Will Daredevil appear in Moon Knight?
Well, now that Charlie Cox is back in the MCU as Matt Murdock / Daredevil thanks to the cameo in Spider-Man: No Way Home, it is possible that it will reappear in Moon Knight. Daredevil is, of course, the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen – which would require Isaac and co to migrate across the dam from London to New York: but this is where most Moon Knight stories unfold in the comics. Daredevil and Moon Knight crossed paths in the comics, sure, but more: Moon Knight promises to be a much darker, gritter show than most MCU shows to date, and it fits very well with the tone and feel of the late Netflix show, Daredevil. And, you know, with all the trouble Isaac’s Moon Knight apparently ends up with, he can always use a “really good lawyer”, right?
Will Hulk (or She-Hulk) appear in Moon Knight?
Well, we know that Tatiana Maslany’s Sy-Hulk come to Disney + sometime this year (which is going to be fantastic). And we know it Mark Ruffalo’s “Smart Hulk” will play a kind of role in this story about a lawyer (another one!) who turns into another green behemoth: She-Hulk. But we also know –due to the strange and magical powers of Twitter–Dat mnr. Ruffalo was spotted outside the same Budapest hotel where Oscar Isaacs stayed while filming Moon Knight. Could this mean that Smart Hulk could also show up Moon Knight? Well, the famous loose lip Ruffalo, seems to encourage us to think so. What about Maslany’s She-Hulk herself? Maybe it’s also a way to tie these two (admittedly, seemingly wildly different) new MCU programs together?
Maybe even … Spider-Man?
This one is filed under the “not likely” but also “perhaps the most comic book logical.” Spidey and Moon Knight are very different guys – one usually makes jokes, while the other (excuses for the upcoming pun) cracks heads together cruelly. But they have met many times in both cartoons and previous animated TV shows, so we know that these two protectors of New York have a lot of history. While it would be a rather wild first place to see the silver screen Tom Holland version of Spider-Man on Disney +, it would make a huge move to the identity-shaking events of No way home.
What about Echo?
Perhaps our favorite cameo possibility at the moment, after the events of Hawkeye, is Alaqua Cox’s Echo. In the comics, Maya Lopez and Moon Knight teamed up and was romantically involved for an enchantment. Lopez’s moral ambiguity – she worked for a violent gang, but is also clearly someone with a big heart – would also be a good fit for the trouble in Moon Knight. With Echo’s own Disney + on the horizon, it would not be surprising to see a cameo or crossover take shape here.
Could Doctor Strange come in Moon Knight?
Well, Dr Strange in the multiverse of madness is right around the corner, and so, like, literally everything in the multiverse (which means each flattened thing) is possible. But this intersection makes sense for two other reasons outside the MCU release calendar. First, Drs. Strange has some experience with magic, and if there’s a supernatural facet to Moon Knight’s Egyptian-god connection, then Benedict Cumberbatch’s magic might fit right in. Furthermore, in the comics, Dr. Strange and Moon Knight part of a team known as the Midnight Sons who come together to fight spirits and ghosts and demons and anything else that involves “damnation”. With a reload from Lime possibly coming sometime in 2023, and persistent rumors of a new Ghost Rider film, a Midnight Sons rally could very well be in its early stages.
Moon Knight hits Disney + on March 30, 2022.