Everything We Know About Marvel's Moon Knight So Far

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is ever expanding, with the slew of series already on or coming soon to Disney+. One of those series is "Moon Knight," a show focused on the Marvel character Marc Spector (AKA Moon Knight), a man with dissociative identity disorder who may (or may not) have superpowers.

Here's what we know so far about the live-action MCU miniseries, "Moon Knight."

When and Where To Watch Moon Knight

Marvel Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige first announced the "Moon Knight" series in August 2019 at D23. We don't have a specific date yet on when "Moon Knight" will premiere on Disney+, but it's likely to start streaming in the first half of 2022. It will be part of the MCU's Phase Four rollout.

In late April 2021, the show was in production in Budapest, Hungary and is expected to move to Atlanta in early October to finish filming.

What We Think Moon Knight Is About

The MCU's "Moon Knight" is based on the Marvel comic book character Marc Spector. In the comics, Spector is a former boxer, U.S. Marine and CIA agent. After a mission goes wrong, he stumbles into a village close to death and the locals bring him to a statue of the moon god Khonshu. Spector's heart stops but then jolts back into action. He wakes up believing he saw the god Khonshu and begins his life as a crime fighter. Spector also morphs into different personalities and shows symptoms of dissociative identity disorder. He also doesn't usually have superpowers beyond receiving what he believes are visions from Khonshu.

As for the miniseries, Feige has likened the show to "Indiana Jones" and said that it will also touch on Egyptology. He also confirmed that the MCU's Moon Knight will have dissociative identity disorder.

Disney+'s "Moon Knight" will have six episodes that are 40-50 minutes in length. While nothing is confirmed, Feige has said that there is there is potential for additional seasons of "Moon Knight": "We are keeping in mind a structure that would lead into a season two and a season three in a more direct way, than, say, a show like 'WandaVision,'" Feige told IGN about upcoming Disney+ shows "Moon Knight" and "She-Hulk." Feige has also confirmed that Moon Knight would show up on the big screen in later MCU films, so we'll very likely see more of Moon Knight beyond the six episodes currently in production.

What We Know About Moon Knight Writers and Directors

Egyptian director Mohammad Diab is on board to direct four episodes of the series. "Moon Knight" will be the writer-director's first English-language production though his previous films — "Amira," "The Island," "Cairo 678," and "Clash" — are very popular in Egypt. Diab's previous work are hard-hitting dramas, but he was very excited about the opportunity to work in the MCU and submitted a 200-page pitch to the studio to secure the job. "It's been such a great experience — I'm learning a lot," Diab said in a recent interview. "I'm appreciating things more about my independent movies, and I'm appreciating things about the big machine. I can't compare Marvel to anything else, but it's a great machine. Those guys are geniuses."

Directing duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are directing the two remaining episodes. The two are best known for their 2014 romantic horror movie, "Spring," and also directed 2019's "Synchronic," which starred Anthony Mackie. Marvel also tapped "The Umbrella Academy" showrunner Jeremy Slater to develop and lead the writing team for the show.

What We Know About the Moon Knight Cast

Oscar Isaac will be playing the titular character, Marc Spector/Moon Knight. This isn't Isaac's first foray into things Marvel — the actor played Apocalypse in "X-Men: Apocalypse," a non-MCU movie that is best forgotten. For "Moon Knight," the "Star Wars," "Dune," and "Ex Machina" actor has said that the series is doing something different in the genre. "I thought there was an incredibly unusual story to tell within the world of the superhero language," Isaac said recently about "Moon Knight." "We're making something that's quite different, and that doesn't follow the same ... not necessarily even logic of what a lot of superhero films do."

Ethan Hawke is also on board playing an unknown villainous role, though he has said that the serial killer David Koresh is one of his inspirations for the character. Hawke has also praised Isaac for giving an "absolutely phenomenal performance" in the series. 

We also know that May Calamawy and Gaspard Ulliel are also part of the "Moon Knight" cast. We have no news yet on Calamawy's character, though we know Ulliel is playing Anton Mogart (AKA Midnight Man).