Simply put, this article is my reasoning why Marvel and Netflix NEED to bring us Moon Knight. I will be pulling information on the character from Marvel's site. And I will also have some thoughts on who I think might be perfect to play the role of Marc Spector/Moon Knight.
So let's start with the character himself, his bio:
Marc Spector is the son of a rabbi whose family moved to America to escape the Holocaust. Raised in Chicago, Marc began to reject his father's moral teachings and embraced materialism. He became a heavyweight boxer, then a U.S. Marine, then became a C.I.A. operative. At the CIA, Marc worked with William Cross, who betrayed the agency, later becoming the villain Crossfire. Marc's brother, Randall, joined him in the CIA but he also betrayed the agency, selling weapons to both sides in an altercation in Italy. When Marc's lover Lisa overheard Randall's plans, he killed her with a meat cleaver. Marc hunted Randall down, inflicting injuries that left Randall psychotic. Marc befriended fellow CIA agent Amos Lardner, but unknowingly turned him over to Operation: Cobra, a CIA project designed to control its agents' minds. Fed up with the CIA, Marc became a mercenary and spent several years as a hired gun. Although he ostensibly sought to fight for causes he believed in, Marc was easily persuaded to fight for anyone who paid him enough. While working in Africa, Marc met the French mercenary Jean-Paul DuChamp, whom he nicknamed "Frenchie". Marc and Frenchie became close friends, and served together on several missions.
Marc and Frenchie eventually fell in with Raoul Bushman, a bloodthirsty terrorist. Bothered by Bushman's savagery and by his own stirrings of conscience, Marc began to question his mercenary lifestyle. During a mission to the Sudan, Marc saw Bushman assault the town of Selima, seeking information on archaeologist Dr. Peter Alraune's discovery of an Egyptian pharaoh's tomb which might contain gold. Dr. Alraune attempted to stab Bushman from behind, but Marc warned him in time, and Bushman slew Dr. Alraune by biting him in the neck with his steel teeth. Disgusted, Marc helped Dr. Alraune's daughter Marlene escape Selima, but Bushman caught Spector in the act. After Bushman executed the people of the town, Spector attacked him, only to be defeated by Bushman, who deposited the unconscious Spector in the desert and left him to die. Spector dragged himself through the sands to the tomb unearthed by Dr. Alraune and was found by Marlene and her servants. They brought him into the tomb, placing his body at the foot of a statue of the moon god, Khonshu. Marc was pronounced dead, but as Marlene wept over his body, he suddenly arose, alive. Spector believed that Khonshu had restored him to life to serve as the moon's knight of vengeance. Donning a cloak taken from Khonshu's statue, Spector destroyed Bushman's forces in Selima, but Bushman escaped when Marc was distracted by Marlene, who had followed him back to the town. Frenchie arrived to help them, and Spector collapsed into Marlene's arms, exhausted.
Aided by Marlene and Frenchie, Spector honed his abilities to wage war on crime. Using his mercenary profits, Marc created the identity of New York millionaire Steven Grant to help him mingle with influential people. He also created the identity of Manhattan cab driver Jake Lockley to make contacts with people on the streets. As Lockley, he befriended the homeless Bertrand Crawley, his main street contact, and Gena Landers, a coffee shop owner whose sons Ricky and Ray helped perform investigative work for him. Marc eventually shared his secrets with Crawley and the Landers family. Marlene, now Marc's lover, came to regard him as Steven Grant, and he suppressed his life as Spector. Although his multiple identities threatened Marc's sanity, Marlene helped ground his psyche. She also designed the Moon Knight costume for him, while Frenchie designed the first Mooncopter, serving as Moon Knight's pilot. Marc brought the statue of Khonshu back to New York, still believing in the moon god's power. He also develops a connection in the Police Department with Detective Finch.
This is just the beginning of his story. He eventually has multiple breaks psychotically and develops Dissociative Identity Disorder, multiple personalities. There are numerous other storylines and events that continue on, but I just wanted to give us the starting point.
The dark nature of his psyche, the betrayals, the violence....everything about Spector's life and alter-ego, to me, screams for a spot in the Netflix lineup. I believe he presents an amazing opportunity to give fans something they would truly love. A character who touches in multiple ways: the psychological drama, the crime solving, the pure raw fighting, even into the supernatural/magical with the Egyptian mythos.
Many people compare Moon Knight to a Batman-esque crossover; and while I can see that to a degree, there are many things about Moon Knight that offer differentiations that make him a stand-out character.
For his powers and abilities:
Over the course of his life as a boxer, U.S. Marine, C.I.A. operative, mercenary, and costumed superhero, Marc Spector has become an expert at hand-to-hand combat techniques and various martial arts. He is an Olympic-level athlete and a skilled acrobat and gymnast, and excels as a combat strategist. He employs a variety of weapons over the course of his career, including throwing darts, nunchaku, and a truncheon. He is skilled with most weapons, and an expert with throwing weapons. He is a superb driver and can pilot a helicopter.
At one time he had what he believed to be superhuman abilities: strength, visions, resistance to psychic attacks; but it was also believed this could have been due to a self-hypnosis from his own psychological issues. In a 2008 run, Spector stated he no longer had superpowers.
He may not have the Rogue's Gallery that some other heroes have, but he does have his share of villains:
Stained Glass Scarlet
He also has clashed with Bullseye and Taskmaster on mutiple occasions, along with being on the wrong side of several other heroes at times. So there is a LOT of room for crossover with the other shows in the MCU, much less the films.
in the more recent Ultimate universe, which Marvel has used a good bit of for their MCU, Spector is a former Navy SEAL and the product of a Super Soldier program gone wrong. Prior to becoming Moon Knight, he worked for the Roxxon Corporation as Paladin. It is also during this run that he has a full story arc where he comes across Daredevil, Spider Man, and the Punisher, eventually joining up with them to take down Kingpin.
He has been a member of several incarnations of Avenger teams, along with Heroes For Hire and the Defenders. Which makes him perfectly ideal for the Netflix lineup in that regard.
For his look and all the character has, like many others, gone through changes since firsts being introduced. I prefer his more traditional look, the white hood and cloak, the white bodysuit, and mask. He has stated he prefers the white look because he likes his prey to see him coming.
Now, as to who I believe could fit in a role like this...ideally I would like to see someone able to carry the grim, darker outlook that Spector has, so my top two choices would be either:
His roles have been memorable; from Jesus Christ to the Count of Monte Cristo to his current role on Person of Interest. He carries himself amazingly. He is a great actor and can handle action. He may be a bit too old for the role, but it would depend on Marvel's vision for it.
or Karl Urban
Eomer from LotR, Judge Dredd, a mercenary trying to chase down Jason Bourne, Space Doctor Bones in the new Star Trek's....action is something he has plenty of experience doing. He can act as well. I think he deserves his own series that plays right into his dark, brooding nature.
I think they both could carry a role like this perfectly. I might lean more towards Urban since he is a bit younger and could handle the role longer I think.
I also think if Marvel wanted to go a bit younger for someone still in their 30's you could possibly look at:
Most known for his run on Moonlight and currently starring in the revamped Hawaii Five-0, O'Laughlin displays all the qualities you would want in a leading man. His background, especially from H.5-0, makes him a solid fit for a role like Moon Knight. I would love to see him get an opportunity at the job should Marvel decide to use him.
His role as Neal Caffery in White Collar was immensely enjoyable. He has been a stripper in Magic Mike, and will be returning to the next season of American Horror Story. He voiced Superman for Superman:Unbound. I believe he could tackle a role like Moon Knight very well. There were people who wanted him for the new Batman. I think he would be a solid fit for a project like this as well.
If we really want to set our sights high enough, maybe Marvel could pull in
If Marvel could pull this one off, I would be thrilled. The guy can act, he can handle action. He can give you the dark side as well as play up the lighter. He has the physique, all around I think Gyllenhaal could very well be the best choice overall. Could Marvel make this happen, however, is another story.
So there you have it. My choice for Marvel and Netflix's next character to bring us. Let me know what you think below. Do you like my article? My choices for the role? Do you hate everything about what I wrote? I'd like to hear from you...and as always, Read On Fellow Fans....Read On.