WHO IS MOON KNIGHT?

Another Marvel hero is heading to the new Disney+ streaming service!


Listen to The Geeky Gentleman Podcast Episode 16: Who Is Moon Knight & My Top 5 Self-Tanners here!


Hot on the heels of She-Hulk is another lesser-known superhero who is about to get his own Disney+ TV series - Moon Knight.



So, who is Moon Knight?


Moon Knight was created by writer Doug Moench and artist Don Perlin, and first appeared in Werewolf by Night #32 (August 1975).



Moon Knight, or Marc Spector, started life as a heavyweight boxer before enlisting in the Marines. After his time with the Marines, he became a mercenary and did some work for the CIA. With his time in the Marines and as a mercenary, Spector became a very skilled combatant.



Now things begin to go down a slightly more supernatural path when he begins work as a mercenary for Raoul Bushman in Egypt. While in Egypt, the group stumble upon an archeological dig carried out by Dr. Peter Alraune and his daughter Marlene Alraune. The dig site held an ancient temple with artifacts - including a statue of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu.



Bushman, intent on looting the dig, kills Dr. Alraune. In response to Alraune murder, Spector challenges Bushman to personal combat - you know as one does - but is defeated and left to die in the subzero temperatures of the desert night. As luck would have it, some Egyptians stumble upon Spector and carry him to a temple and lay him before the statue of the moon god Khonshu.


It’s here Spector dies.


But, the moon god Khonshu appears to Spector in a vision and offers him a second chance at life if he becomes the god’s avatar on Earth. Not wanting to die, Spector takes the deal and awakens. Now fully revived, he wakes up and grabs the silver shroud that covered the Khonshu statue. He wraps it around himself and challenges Bushman once again and emerges victorious.



From that point, Spector decides to return to America and becomes a crime fighter donning a silver cloaked costume. Moon Knight is born.


After his return to the United States, Spector invests all the money he accumulated by being a mercenary and develops a small fortune. Wanting to distance himself from his shady past, he creates the identity of millionaire entrepreneur Steven Grant.



He creates another persona, taxi cab driver Jake Lockley, to remain in contact with the street and criminal element.


Now, what superpowers does Moon Knight have?


First, Spector is an expert at hand-to-hand combat. He’s mastered different martial art forms such as kung fu, judo, karate, ninjutsu, and Muay Thai. Not only is he a skilled acrobat and gymnast, but he also excels in fighting with most weapons.



Now, this is Spector before becoming empowered by the moon god Khonshu. By being the avatar of Khonshu, Spector’s strength, endurance, and reflexes are enhanced.


In the comic books, his superhuman levels are dependant on the phases of the moon. The fuller the moon the more powerful Spector becomes. Also, he's very resistant to forms of telepathy, mind control, psychic attacks, and has a high tolerance for pain.



What superhero ties does Moon Knight have?


Moon Knight has been on the roster of many team-ups including the Avengers, the Secret Avengers, West Coast Avengers, Defenders, and Heroes for Hire. He's no stranger to the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Dr. Strange.



So what can we possibly see from Moon Knight series?


Well, as I mentioned earlier in Spector’s backstory he created a few different aliases. But, it goes deeper than just different names. Spector suffers from Disassociative Identity Disorder. Each personality has its own unique personality and thoughts and he’s always in contact with them. Don’t forget he also has the moon god Khonshu chilling inside his head too so it’s a bit of a mess inside his mind.



The intensity within his mind leaves Spector more-or-less psychologically disturbed and in a constant battle to keep the personalities in check. Sometimes he succeeds and sometimes he doesn’t.


This is something I think the Moon Knight series will definitely focus on. We have a guy who was a mercenary, is trying to run from a shady past, suffers from a disassociative identity disorder, and fighting crime all the while with a moon god chilling inside his head.


This guy is a mess.



I see Moon Knight being much more an anti-hero and I really hope that we have a show that features some very visceral fighting scenes.



It’s on Disney+ so I’m hoping Disney doesn’t try to make this show too family-friendly because they chose the wrong superhero for that.


Make Moon Knight dark Disney!


Listen to The Geeky Gentleman Podcast Episode 16: Who Is Moon Knight & My Top 5 Self-Tanners here!


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