moon knight is going to be unlike any Marvel show we’ve seen before, not just in terms of the “brutal” violence that Kevin Feige promises he won’t “retire”, but also in terms of dealing with mental health. The president of Marvel Studios shared the revelations with star Oscar Isaac in the April cover of Empire, which features an all-new image of the superhero, whose powers come from an ancient Egyptian deity known as Khonshu.

The new image shows Moon Knight, aka mild-mannered store clerk Steven Grant and ex-Marine Marc Spector, in a rather immaculate costume that appears to belong to Mr. Knight, one of his many identities. Marc/Steven, you see, has Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). The cover image, however, shows him in an entirely different outfit. This one consists of bandages and golden accessories. In his hands are two deadly-looking weapons, and if you look closely, you’ll see battered knuckles smeared with blood.

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Feige said the show won’t be pulling its punches and will explore how far they can push things on streaming. In his own words:

“It’s been fun working with Disney+ and seeing the limits of what we’re able to do. Moments ago [in the series] when Moon Knight laments another character, and it’s loud and brutal, and the knee-jerk reaction is, “We’re going to stand down, aren’t we?” No. We are not backing down. There is a change in tone. It’s a different thing. It’s Moon Knight.”


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In the comics, Marc/Steven gains superpowers when he comes into contact with Khonshu, for whom he later becomes something of a go-between. Marc’s mental health, Isaac said, is something the show will deal with sensitively. Describing the miniseries as a “risky” endeavor, he added:

“He’s a dark hero, and the things we’re dealing with are very different. But since this is a limited series rather than a movie, the pressure isn’t there to ensure the opening weekend is massive. We are able to take more risks, to bring this experimental quality to scale.

moon knight arrives on Disney+ just over a year after Marvel launched its first show on the streaming service, Wanda Vision. Marvel released four more titles in the following months—The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, What if…?and Hawk Eye more recently. The filmmakers Marvel chose to direct moon knight are another reason why the show seems to be of a different breed than what we’ve seen before. Mohammad Diab directs four episodes, with the rest taken care of by the cult duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.


Also featuring Ethan Hawke, Mai Calamawy, and the end Gaspard ulliel, moon knight will premiere on Disney+ on March 30. You can better see the new images here and read the official synopsis below:


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The series follows mild-mannered gift shop clerk Steven Grant, who is plagued by power outages and memories from another life. Steven discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge on them, they must navigate their complex identities while immersed in a deadly mystery among the mighty gods of Egypt.


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