Who is Moon Knight? The first episode of the new MCU series Moon Knight premiered on Disney Plus on Wednesday 30 March, with the platform releasing new episodes on the same day every week over the course of six weeks. There wasn’t much given away in the teasers – other than where did that accent come from? – so it was initially a little difficult to see the “bigger picture”.
Now that Moon Knight is approaching the home stretch of its six episode run, we now have a little more information as to who (and what) could be terrorising Oscar Isaac as he takes his first steps into the extended Marvel Universe.
So, with almost no spoilers for those who haven’t caught up yet, we take a look at the cast of
characters set to appear in series one of Moon Knight.
Steven Grant/Marc Spector/Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac)
Steven Grant works in the gift shop at the British Museum and dreams of being a tour guide. He seems to suffer with a terrible memory, is scared of falling asleep and is seen regularly strapping himself into bed. Why? Moon Knight is set to explore Dissociative Identity Disorder through Steven, as he starts to piece together his other “selves” (which include the former American solider, Marc Spector and the becloaked titular character, to name but a few.) We admit, we were skeptical that Isaac was attempting a kind of Cockney geezer accent but all is forgiven.
From what we’ve seen so far, Isaac is great at conveying both Steven’s clumsiness and terror as well as hinting at something darker lurking beneath the surface. The first episode was quite disorientating in places as we work with Steven to piece together what is reality and what is not. We can’t wait to see more of Marc and, indeed, the titular Moon Knight in future episodes to allow Isaac to really show off his range.
Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke)
The TV series seems to be elevating Harrow’s role from minor villain in the source material to
antagonistic cult leader. So far, we’ve seen Harrow cast judgements on the crowds who flock to see him, using a mysterious moving tattoo. He seems to float, rather than walk, complete with tousled locks and mean looking cane.
Where has he come from? How has he acquired such a dedicated following? What does he want with dorky, anxiety riddled Steven? The first episode sets up the dynamic between the icily calm Harrow and the frenetic Grant very well and it will be interesting to see how their relationship develops over the series. So far, though, Ethan Hawke makes an excellent villain. That opening scene with the shoes? Ouch. This is clearly someone who fears nothing.
Khonshu (F. Murray Abraham)
F. Murray Abraham is providing the voice for Khonshu. He has thus far appeared as a big floating bird skull in the first episode. Khonshu is the Egyptian god of the moon and, in the graphic novels, saves the life of Marc Spector. We’ve not seen too much, so far, other than a few scary visuals. However, we expect to see more of this character as Steven unravels his past.
Donna (Lucy Thackery)
Donna is Steven’s boss at the British Museum. She’s constantly smacking chewing gum between her lips and really has no time for Steven’s flakiness. A minor character so far, but sufficiently annoying that you hope she’ll accidentally get crushed to death under a statue of Osiris.
Layla El-Faouly (May Calamawy)
We have only been introduced to Layla in the trailers so far. But what we do know is that she is a friend of Marc’s (not Steven), so she may well have a bigger part to play further into the series.
Anton Mogart/Midnight Man (Gaspard Ulliel)
In what may well be the tragic French actor’s last role, Ulliel stars as the art thief, Anton Mogart
who acquired his nickname because he always pounces at midnight. We haven’t been introduced to him yet, but given that Steven Grant works in the British Museum, it’s safe to say that this is where these two characters might meet.
Ammit (Sofia Dannu)
If you’ve seen episode one, you’ll know that Arthur Harrow is absolutely obsessed with the goddess Ammit. According to Harrow, she worked a little like the plot of Minority Report, casting judgement on individuals before they’ve even committed a crime. Essentially, she could just sense who was good and who was evil. Again, we haven’t seen her yet, but Harrow has really made her presence felt. Surely, it’s just going to be all out chaos when she arrives.
Moon Knight will release an episode every Wednesday on Disney Plus. Featuring a banging
soundtrack including Wham, Bob Dylan and Engelbert Humperdinck, episode one is available now.
It remains to be seen how Moon Knight will tie into the other comic book movies from the MCU. Or maybe it will be more of a standalone series, which would be a welcome surprise. Regardless, we can’t wait to find out!