I’d love to see Moon Knight get a little bit of love. Great, great character.
It’s statements like this that get Marvel comic fans excited. If you love the more obscure and dark characters from the vast array of heroes that the publishing titans have to offer, then Moon Knight is definitely on your top 5 list. Steven S. DeKnight, in an interview with IGN, stated that he wouldn’t mind taking a crack at Moon Knight at some point, with his busy schedule being the only obstacle to a return to the Netflix/Marvel universe.
There are so many characters that I love in the Marvel universe. Really, for me, it would be about schedule. My schedule these days, as you imagine, is a little tight. God, you know, when I signed onto Daredevil, I expressed an interest in Iron Fist and the Punisher, which I both loved. I’d love to see Moon Knight get a little bit of love. Great, great character
Before taking over the Pacific Rim franchise (read DHTG’s review here) from Guillermo Del Toro, DeKnight served as a showrunner for the critically acclaimed first season of Daredevil on Netflix. Although he has since parted ways with Netflix and the TV Marvel Universe, DeKnight would still like to develop another Marvel character and that is none other than Moon Knight.
Moon Knight received a backstory and his first ongoing comic book series with Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz as its main creative team in 1980. Before that, he was a secondary character, making his first appearance in 1975 in Werewolf by Night. He has also made appearances alongside Spider-Man, the Hulk, and was even a member of The Defenders for a brief period. He has been portrayed both as villain and hero.
Marc Spector aka Moon Knight received his powers by the Egyption God Khonsu, in order to serve as his agent of vengeance. His powers depend on the phase of the moon; the fuller it is, the more his strength, endurance, and reflexes are enhanced. Spector, formerly a boxer, U.S. Marine, and mercenary, was already a highly trained fighter before he became a costumed superhero. He has employed a variety of weapons, including throwing darts, nunchaku, a bo staff, and a truncheon. Due to personal demons, having to do with his troubled past as a mercenary, he suffers from a dissociative identity disorder, which he controls through meditation and hypnosis. It has been hinted that his method of coping with his mental disorder also adds to his powers, making him resistant to psychic attacks. The multiple identities and tendency for self-destruction also make him a highly unpredictable opponent.
DeKnight, a self-professed fan of all the Marvel/Netflix series since his run on Daredevil, said this looking back at his run on Netflix:
I’ve watched them all. I mean, I loved my time there. It was interesting, I actually came into season one of Daredevil to help out my old buddies, Drew Goddard and Jeph Loeb, I went into that season one of Daredevil with the understanding I could only be there for a year, because I was going off to do this feature. And we were actually in the process of putting that feature together when Mary Parent (Legendary Entertainment Vice Chairman of Worldwide Production) surprised me with the notion of directing Pacific Rim 2 instead, which I was delighted for.
He also added:
I watch all of the Marvel Netflix shows. I love the guys at Marvel, I love the people at Netflix, and I think there are some fantastic shows. Especially Luke Cage, which I really, really enjoyed.
Rumors were going around back in 2015 that Netflix might be developing a Moon Knight series, but there has been no movement on that front ever since. Given that Disney announced that they would launch their own streaming service, any future plans involving Marvel characters, including a live-action adaptation of Moon Knight, will likely fall into their responsibility.
DeKnight is not the only one to show interest in this caped crusader. James Gunn tweeted back in early 2017 that he would love to be involved with a Moon Knight movie when asked if Moon Knight could fit into the Guardians of the Galaxy narrative.
Oh my God I love Moon Knight & I have a great idea for a movie, I just wish I had the time (but, no, he doesn't belong in Guardians). https://t.co/ARJCPh62gt
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 4, 2017
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