The last time Oscar Isaac showed up in a superhero movie, he was buried under so much makeup you couldn’t even tell that was him in X-Men: Apocalypse. Lesson learned, because Moon Knight is really savoring the fact that it’s booked one of their generation’s finest actors to play one of Marvel’s weirdest heroes.
In the comics, Moon Knight is Marc Spector. Or is he Steven Grant? Or maybe Jake Locksley? He’s not totally sure. Moon Knight isn’t the most mentally stable superhero on the block. Maybe he’s a being chosen by the ancient Egyptian deity Khonshu to deliver justice in the night. Maybe he’s just taking the voices in his head a little too seriously. Whatever it is, he’s got a cool costume, a couple gadgets and some very real fists that help him keep the bad guys in order. The same can’t necessarily be said for his own head.
Of note, Moon Knight is canonically a Jewish character — something we haven’t seen much of in the MCU yet. So far, Daredevil’s is the only spiritual life this franchise has really bothered taking an in-depth look at, but it’ll have plenty of opportunities both here and with the upcoming Ms. Marvel‘s Muslim heritage. Whether or not it’ll take that opportunity is another question — just one of many we have about Moon Knight. Like, what is Ethan Hawke doing here? What is Oscar Isaac’s accent, exactly? And, most importantly, will Isaac’s old Christian ska band the Blinking Underdogs make an appearance on the soundtrack? We’ll find out in March when the show drops on Disney+.