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Moon Knight (TV series)

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Moon Knight
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Genre
Created byJeremy Slater
Based on
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producers
Production locations
CinematographyGregory Middleton
Running time40–50 minutes
Production companyMarvel Studios
DistributorDisney Platform Distribution
Release
Original networkDisney+
Chronology
Related showsMarvel Cinematic Universe television series
External links
Production website

Moon Knight is an upcoming American television miniseries created by Jeremy Slater for the streaming service Disney+, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is intended to be the sixth television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) produced by Marvel Studios, sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. Slater serves as head writer with Mohamed Diab leading the directing team.

Oscar Isaac stars as Marc Spector / Moon Knight, with Ethan Hawke also starring. The series was announced in August 2019, with Slater hired in November. Diab was hired to direct four episodes of the series in October 2020, with directing duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead joining the series in January 2021 to direct the other two; Isaac was confirmed to star at that time. Filming began in late April 2021 in Budapest, followed by production in Jordan, which concluded in early October before moving to Atlanta, Georgia.

Moon Knight is scheduled for release on March 30, 2022, and will consist of six episodes. It will be part of Phase Four of the MCU.

Premise

Marc Spector, a mercenary who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, is drawn into a deadly mystery involving Egyptian gods with his multiple identities, such as Steven Grant.[1]

Cast and characters

Additionally, Gaspard Ulliel portrays Anton Mogart / Midnight Man,[8] while May Calamawy has been cast in an undisclosed role.[9] The Egyptian moon god Khonshu also appears.[10]

Episodes

The series will consist of six 40–50 minute episodes,[11] with Mohamed Diab directing four episodes and duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead directing the other two.[12]

Production

Development

The character Marc Spector / Moon Knight was to be introduced in the planned second season of Blade: The Series before its cancelation in September 2006. A potential spin-off series for the character had also been in development.[13] In October, Marvel Studios partnered with No Equal Entertainment to produce a separate television series featuring Moon Knight.[14] Marvel hired writer Jon Cooksey to develop the series by 2008, but it did not materialize.[15] James Gunn, the writer and director of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy films, said in January 2017 that he had pitched a Moon Knight film to Marvel but did not have time to work on it.[16] Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed in April 2018 that Moon Knight would be introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but questioned, "Does that mean five years from now, 10 years from now, 15 years from now?"[17]

In August 2019, Marvel Studios announced at the D23 conference that a series based on Moon Knight was being developed for the streaming service Disney+.[18] That November, Jeremy Slater was hired to serve as the head writer and executive producer.[19][1] Mohamed Diab was hired to direct four episodes for the series in October 2020,[20][12] as well as executive produce. Marvel had approached him "out of the blue" to present a pitch for the series, which Diab worked on with his writer-producer wife Sarah Goher. Diab believed the series would be "hard, serious and about big topics" like many of his feature films.[12] Director duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead joined in January 2021 to direct the series' other two episodes.[2][12] Marvel Studios' Feige, Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Brad Winderbaum also serve as executive producers along with Isaac.[1] The series will consist of six 40–50 minute episodes.[11] In February 2021, Feige stated that some of their series, including Moon Knight and She-Hulk, were being developed with the potential to have additional seasons made, in contrast to series like WandaVision (2021) which were developed as limited series that lead into feature films instead.[21]

Writing

Beau DeMayo,[22] Danielle Iman,[23][24] and Alex Meenehan serve as writers on the series.[25] Feige likened the series to the Indiana Jones franchise while exploring Egyptology,[3] and said Spector's mental illness was a "unique aspect" of the series.[4]

Casting

In October 2020, Oscar Isaac entered negotiations for the lead role of Marc Spector,[26] and was said to have been cast in January 2021;[27][2] Marvel Studios officially confirmed the casting that May.[28] Richard Newby of The Hollywood Reporter felt Isaac's recent major acting roles could draw audiences unfamiliar with the character to the series, and that his Latino ethnicity could allow an examination of faith from different perspectives, rather than having the character be depicted as a "Caucasian Jewish man" like in the comics.[29] In January 2021, May Calamawy was cast in an undisclosed "key role" for the series,[9] and Ethan Hawke was cast as Arthur Harrow, the series' main villain.[30][5] Hawke said he joined the series based on where he felt he was in his acting career and due to the involvement of Isaac and Diab. He enjoyed the creative freedom that came with the series telling a lesser-known story.[31] Gaspard Ulliel joined the cast by July 2021 as Anton Mogart / Midnight Man.[32][8]

Design

Stefania Cella serves as the production designer,[33] with Meghan Kasperlik as the costume designer.[34]

Filming

Filming was expected to begin in March 2021,[35][36] and began by the end of April in Hungary,[37] with Diab and Benson and Moorhead serving as directors,[20][2] and Gregory Middleton serving as cinematographer.[27] The series is filmed under the working title Good Faith,[38][39] and was previously expected to begin filming on November 16, 2020, to last for 26 weeks, before being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[39][36] Filming occurred at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest in April,[37] and in Szentendre at the beginning of May.[40] In early June, outdoor night scenes were filmed at Madách Square in Budapest.[41] Filming occurred for one week in Wadi Rum, Jordan, and concluded in Budapest and Jordan by the beginning of October,[42][12] at which point the series moved to Atlanta, Georgia to conclude production.[12] Production had wrapped by October 14.[43] Additional photography was completed by mid-November.[44]

Marketing

The first footage of the series debuted on Disney+ Day on November 12, 2021.[45][46] A trailer was released on January 17, 2022 during the 2021–22 NFL playoffs.[47] James Whitbrook at Gizmodo felt the trailer provided "a full, proper glimpse" at the character after the brief footage on Disney+ Day, and felt the costume was "a faithful, albeit more textured-looking riff on the classic comics suit".[47]

Release

Moon Knight is scheduled to debut on Disney+ on March 30, 2022,[6] and will consist of six episodes.[11] It will be part of Phase Four of the MCU.[48]

Future

In November 2019, Feige stated that after introducing Moon Knight in the series, the character will cross over to the MCU films.[49]

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