Marvel Studios has officially announced a Moon Knight TV series that will stream exclusively on Disney+. One of Marvel's most unusual heroes, Marc Spector, suffers from a version of dissociative identity disorder, and his confused mental state makes it difficult for him to differentiate between reality and hallucination.
There have long been rumblings that Marvel Studios was interested in developing Moon Knight as a part of the MCU; in fact, back in 2017 James Gunn even pitched an idea for a movie to Marvel execs but decided he simply didn't have the time to work on it. For all his popularity, and for all the fan demand, the character seemed to have been shelved.
Speaking at the D23 Disney+ panel, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that they are working on a Moon Knight TV series. He revealed a stunning new logo, entirely original and frankly looking more impressive than any seen in the comics themselves.
In truth, Moon Knight lends himself better to a creative TV show than to a movie. His confused mental state means that the best comic book writers have been able to create sophisticated, intelligent arcs that make it difficult for readers to work out what's real and what isn't. That's perfect for a TV series, where both the episodic format and the longer duration are perfect for immersing viewers in Moon Knight's perception of reality.
It will, however, be fascinating to see how Marvel adapts Moon Knight for Disney+. The vigilante tends to be quite brutal, and has absolutely no qualms about killing; in fact, some Moon Knight comics have been about as bloody and brutal as most Punisher runs. There's no way Marvel Studios will be doing anything like that for Disney+ - the streaming service recently canceled Books of Enchantment out of fear it would be too dark. So no doubt fans of Moon Knight will be a little conflicted about this news, wondering just what the MCU's version of their hero will look like.
It's worth noting that the Moon Knight Disney+ series doesn't necessarily rule out a big-screen appearance by the character. Marvel Studios has stressed that the Disney+ shows are intimately tied to the films themselves; in fact, at San Diego Comic-Con they confirmed that WandaVision would lead directly into the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. As far as Kevin Feige is concerned, Moon Knight is as much part of the MCU as any movie, and the character could easily wind up becoming an ally of the Avengers.