On the 6th of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s shared continuity web shows, Moon Knight takes a darker tone than most of its other web series counterparts. The show features Oscar Isaac in the role of Stephen Grant, a relatively average man that works as a museum gift shop clerk, except for the fact that he has dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple identity disorder). His alternate identity or alter is the ruthless Marc Spector, a mercenary whose violent demeanour contrasts greatly against Grant’s more harmless identity. The situation only becomes more complex as the two identities become avatars for the Egyptian moon god Khonshu, who presents as the ‘Moon Knight’ in Marc Spector and as ‘Mr. Knight’ in Stephen Grant.
Moon Knight was based on the character of the same name in the Marvel Comics, with the show being created by Jeremy Slater. Moon Knight premiered on March 30th, 2022 on the OTT streaming platform Disney+.
Moon Knight Season 2 Release Date
At present, neither Marvel nor Jeremy Slater has confirmed a second season for Moon Knight. However, they haven’t denied the possibility of one either, and considering the praise and acclaim the show received (especially for its gritty complex theme and the superb acting by the cast) it’s no wild reach to expect a second season.
The first season was released with 6 episodes of about 45 minutes each, 1 episode a week being aired between March 30th, 2022 to May 4th, 2022. It ended with a reveal of Stephen Grant or Marc Spector having a third alter, as well as hinting in a post-credits scene that Arthur Harrow, the previous avatar of Khonshu, had a weaker grip on reality than portrayed. These cliffhangers only work to further suggest that a third season is imminent.
Another hint was that in the Twitter announcement for the final episode on the official Moon Knight twitter (@moonknight), it first referred to episode 6 as the ‘series finale’ before editing it to say ‘season finale’. This distinction suggests that this is not the end of the series and that there’s more to come; if the show truly was a limited series with no expectation of a season 2, it would have been fine to leave it as the ‘series finale’.
Perhaps the greatest suggestion that there will be a continuation to the series is an interview Moon Knight director Mohamed Diab had with SFX. “I can tell you for a fact, I can see him in the next 10 years, not just the next film,” Diab quoted. “He’s a very interesting character. He’s probably the most interesting character for any actor to play. Oscar is doing a great job. People already like him even from the trailer. I think the show’s going to resonate with people, so I see him staying for a long time.”
In the interview, he talks about how other popular shows like WandaVision haven’t gotten a second season, but he expects the Moon Knight to stick around, and hopes (alongside creator Jeremy Slater) that he will join the rest of the MCU on the silver screen. Will we be getting a Moon Knight cameo, or perhaps even a solo movie? We’ll have to wait and see.
Should Moon Knight be getting another season, the earliest we could expect it is 2023, though 2024 seems more likely. Looking at Marvel’s release schedules for other shows, while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter received a new season every year, these shows were produced with ABC. 2-year long breaks were common for Marvel Netflix shows, like Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Of the Disney+ series, none have received a second season, and Loki is the closest to it with a second season being set for filming in June 2022. Loki is not a limited series though, unlike Moon Knight and WandaVision.
It might take over a year for us to even receive additional information on Moon Knight and a second season. So although it’s more than possible, fans will likely have to wait a long time for more information on when it will be released.
|Moon Knight Season 1 Release Date||March 30, 2022|
|Moon Knight Season 2 Release Date||Not Announced|
Moon Knight Story
Steven Grant works as a gift shop clerk at the British Museum in London, where he intends to leverage his expertise in Ancient Egyptian History to become a tour guide. He wakes up in the Austrian Alps after sleeping one night and witnesses a cult meeting commanded by Arthur Harrow, who demands a scarab Grant has inadvertently in his possession. He experiences many blackouts and hears a weird voice in his head as he tries to flee before waking up at his home. Grant notices that it has been two days since he last slept. He discovers a concealed phone and keycard in his flat and receives a call from the phone’s most frequent caller, Layla, who calls him Marc.
This eventually leads him to meet his alternate identity, Marc Spector, a mercenary married to Layla El-Faouly, an archeologist and adventurer. The two then become avatars of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu, who displays differently depending on which alter is present: the ruthless and quick-to-act Moon Knight while Marc Spector is presenting, and the intelligent and logical Mr. Knight when drawing off of Stephen Grant’s vast knowledge.
Layla El-Faouly, Marc Spector’s wife, actually takes on her own new identity as the Scarlet Scarab as she becomes the avatar for the Egyptian goddess of fertility and childhood, Tawaret (meaning ‘great one’).
Stephen Grant also discovers that the cult leader he had met earlier, Arthur Harrow, was the previous avatar for Khonshu. He, however, stopped being the avatar for the moon god when he chose to pursue the worshipping of another Egyptian goddess, Ammit, who in Egyptian mythology swallowed the hearts of those judged to be unpure and forced their souls into an eternity of restlessness. Hawke planned to find Ammit’s tomb and resurrect her so that she could purge humanity by eliminating all those who had or would ever commit evil deeds.
The show at large is focused on exploring the various alters of Marc Spector, the contrasts between them, and the relationship they develop as they are made aware of each other’s experiences.
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Moon Knight Cast
Oscar Isaac plays the main characters of Marc Spector, Moon Knight, Stephen Grant, and Mr Knight. He has been praised greatly for his acting, developing an individual and in-depth demeanour for each character. He even went so far as to use different accents for each alter, with Stephen Grant having a London accent and Marc Spector having a Chicago accent. Isaac took great inspiration for the role from the book ‘A Fractured Mind’ by Robert B. Oxnam which details the author’s life living with DID (dissociative identity disorder). Isaac is also known for his role as Poe Dameron in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, as well as Duke Leto Atreides in Dune.
Ethan Hawke plays Arthur Harrow, who plays the counterpart to Isaac’s roles. Arthur Harrow is a religious cult leader who was the previous avatar of Khonshu before choosing to follow the goddess Ammit. Harrow was created to represent the inverse of Marc Spector, and Ethan Hawke worked with Oscar Isaac to fully conceptualize how best to mirror him. It’s a role that garnered him much praise, with many critics stating that the performance of Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke are what make the show. Hawk is also known for his performances as Todd Anderson in The Dead Poets Society and Jake in Training Day.
May Calamawy plays Layla El-Faouly and the Scarlet Scarab. Originally, the character that played Marc Spector’s wife wasn’t going to be Egyptian, but Director Mohamed Diab pushed for the change and Layla l-Faouly was created. May Calamawy also played Dena Hassan in Ramy.
Karim El Hakim provided the on-set acting of Khonshu, the moon god, while F. Murray Abraham voices him. Khonshu is a vengeful deity who is outcast by the other Egyptian gods and goddesses for pursuing what they called perceived injustices. El Hakim has previously worked as a director as well as acting in Paranormal. F. Murray Abraham is best known for his Golden Globe winning performance as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus, as well as Mr. Moustafa in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The imprisoned Ammit that Arthur Harrow worships was played by Sofia Danu on set and voiced by Saba Mubarak.
Where To Watch Moon Knight Online?
Like all other recent Marvel Cinematic Universe Shows, Moon Knight is available on Disney+ and can be accessed through Disney+ Hotstar. Some shows can be streamed for free (though only a limited number of movies and TV shows are available, and advertisements are present for free users). A paid premium subscription (of which the price ranges from Rs. 499 to Rs. 1499 per year) can be purchased in order to have access to all the movies and TV series available on the platform.
Moon Knight is available on Disney+ in 5 audio languages: English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu. It also has 5 subtitle languages: Chinese, English, Indonesian, Malay, and Thai.