Marvel may well have found its Moon Knight. As reported by The Wrap, Oscar Isaac is in talks to play the Marvel Comics superhero. A series centered on the character is currently being developed for Disney+. Should the deal close, Isaac will play Marc Specter, the man behind the mask, in the show.
Isaac is known for his role as Poe Dameron in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Isaac has also starred in acclaimed movies such as Ex Machina, Inside Llewyn Davis and A Most Violent Year. This would be Isaac’s second turn in the Marvel universe. The actor previously played the main villain in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. The movie was largely rejected by critics and is viewed as one of the lesser entries in the X-Men franchise.
Moon Knight first appeared in the world of Marvel Comics back in 1975 and was created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin. He first appeared in Werewolf by Night and was later given his own series in 1980. Marc Specter is a crimefighter who got his powers from ancient Egyptians. His powers are fueled by the moon. He has prophetic visions that help him to fight crime more effectively. He is also proficient in martial arts. Comparisons have been made to Batman. But one key difference is that Specter has mental issues, which leads many to question the validity of his powers. He also has a host of alter-egos.
Steven S. DeKnight, who produced Daredevil, expressed interest in doing a series at Netflix surrounding the character, while Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn pitched a Moon Knight film to Marvel years ago. So this has long been eyed as a possible franchise.
Moon Knight was first announced at Disney’s D23 Expo last year. Other live-action shows in the works for Disney+ include The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Loki and Hawkeye. Jeremy Slater (The Umbrella Academy) is heading up the series creative team for Marvel Studios.
These new live-action Marvel shows will be heavily tied to the movies of the MCU. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige previously confirmed that the characters from these shows will eventually crossover into the movies. That was never the case with Daredevil, Luke Cage or any of the characters that were used by Netflix. So Isaac would, conceivably be on board for a long haul in the MCU, assuming he signs on the dotted line.
Moon Knight does not yet have a premiere date set.