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Moon Knight's First Trailer Teases Oscar Isaac's Darker-Than-Dark Marvel Debut

We're here for when you're ready to figure out the difference between Steven Grant, Marc Spector, and Moon Knight.
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Moon Knight, which stars Oscar Isaac, looks to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe's darkest entry yet. In between Monday Night Football's blowout game, a haunting first trailer for the spring release arrived, and it's a doozy, if you had any doubt. We glimpse Isaac, playing the unsuspecting gift shop employee Steven Grant, getting dragged into Marvel shenanigans. He finds out that he has dissociative identity disorder—and mercenary Marc Spector is one of those identities. As Grant becomes Spector, and Spector becomes Grant, the two (or one?) set off on a superhero-y adventure around Egypt.

Along the way, we see Isaac stretching his acting chops, giving us the dark, Batman-esque MCU story we've long wanted. Following along with all of this? Don't worry. Moon Knight also happens to be one of Marvel's most confounding characters. (In a good way though, we promise.) Let's run down everything you need to know about the upcoming Disney+ series.

When Will Moon Knight Debut on Disney+?

Marvel is a well-oiled machine nowadays with its filming and release schedules, so the studio isn't waiting too long to roll out its Hawkeye chaser. Moon Knight will debut its first episode on March 30, 2022.

What Can We Expect From Moon Knight?

The character Moon Knight first appeared in the comics back in 1975 as a boxer-turned-U.S.-Marine-turned mercenary named Marc Spector. He gets wrapped up in some comic-book shenanigans—running into Khonshu, the ancient Egyptian Moon god—and becomes the god's acolyte of sorts on Earth. Here's the most interesting bit: Spector has dissociative identity disorder, so he takes on multiple characters and personas throughout his adventures. (So Moon Knight is a little bit like Batman meets Split.) We glimpse a tiny bit of this in the trailer, with Grant tying himself to a bed, and later on, suddenly morphing into Moon Knight.

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So you can imagine why the show would prove a spotlight vehicle for Issac, who's just a bit wary of multimillion-dollar Disney projects following his seemingly regrettable time as Poe Dameron in the recent Star Wars trilogy. We don't know too much more about how the MCU plans to approach Moon Knight, but Ethan Hawke will play the villain of the series, though it's TBD on which one of Spector's antagonists he will be. By the looks of the trailer, he may be some sort of religious or cult leader.

Egypt native Mohammed Diab will direct Moon Knight and Ramy's May Calamawy will star in another yet-to-be-named role.

We'll keep this story updated if and when the mystery behind Moon Knight starts to reveal itself. While you wait, here's Hawke about how Isaac enticed him to join the project: “A lot of it is Oscar to me, to be honest with you," Hawke said on The Watch podcast. "I find him to be a very exciting player in my field. I like what he’s doing with his life. He reminds me of the actors, when I first arrived at New York, that I looked up to. Oscar’s younger than me, and I like the way he carries himself, and I like the way he thinks. And in general, good things happen when you’re in the room with people that you like the way they think, right?”

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